Howard's Greg McGhee Eyes XFL as Shot to Continue Dream
When the XFL holds its inaugural Draft this Tuesday and Wednesday, a slew of players will get another opportunity to play professional football.
One of those players is quarterback Greg McGhee, and he is arguably one of the most traveled players in the Draft pool.
A participant in the DC Summer Showcase, McGhee views the XFL as an outlet to continue living his dream.
“I feel like the XFL is going to be extremely big — especially for myself, and other guys in the same situation as me — to get that foot back in the door, and do something that you love to do,” McGhee said.
Like many of his peers, McGhee's love for football started at a young age.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, McGhee first started playing football when he was six years old. While he held a strong interest in basketball, McGhee ultimately decided to solely pursue football while in high school. What started as a seemingly innocuous choice of one sport over another has firmly blossomed into a full-blown career for McGhee.
Although McGhee initially committed to the University of Pittsburgh, he ended up at Howard University in Washington DC.
During his four years with the Bison, McGhee amassed over 7,589 passing yards to go along with 75 total touchdowns. McGhee earned Co-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in 2014, sharing the honor with North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen.
Following his collegiate career, McGhee headed north to play for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League. That proved to be the first chapter in McGhee’s professional football odyssey, as it was his first of six stops with pro football teams. McGhee had stints with both the BC Lions and the Montreal Alouettes in Canada, before catching on with the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League.
McGhee’s next stop was with the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul during the 2018 season. McGhee served as a backup to former AFL MVP and 2x Arena Bowl Champion Dan Raudabaugh. However, an injury to Raudabaugh thrust McGhee from the sidelines to the field.
The then-25 year old made the most of his opportunity, and manufactured 423 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and a 99.5 passer rating.
“I went from Canadian football, which is 12-man football, to Arena Football,” McGhee said, on his experience with the Soul. “The game is so much different, so much quicker. Dan was very supportive of me every step of the way, and I’m very appreciative of those guys giving me the opportunity.”
McGhee views his experience playing in three separate professional leagues as an additional asset to his skill set as a player.
“The fact that I’ve played in many different leagues and many different systems, and I can take a little bit of everything,” McGhee said. “My college experience, playing 40-plus games there, playing up in Canada. Then playing Arena Football, being able to get the ball out of your hands a little quicker.”
As he waits for another chance to show what he can do on the field, McGhee is preparing by consistently working out and getting reps on the field. In addition to honing his quarterback skills, McGhee is teaching in the Pittsburgh public school district and helping coach youth football.
Throughout McGhee’s winding journey to date, a lot of things have changed. He’s been in different locations, worn different team’s logos and played in a triad of unique professional leagues.
His status quo has been ever-changing.
Amid the changes, there’s always been one constant for McGhee: his love for the game of football.
“[The love of football] is the reason why I am where I am today. A lot of people my age, at this point, playing in three different leagues, would have stopped playing by now,” McGhee said. “So the love of the game is continuously pushing me to work out and do things like that because of how much I still love the game. So that is a big, big fuel to the reason why I’m still doing it. Once you love something, it’s hard to just stop caring.”