The XFL has a new player representing the “856” in its ranks. Linebacker Anthony Stubbs was listed as an “active list addition” to the Tampa Bay Vipers on January 28th.
Prairie View A&M LB Anthony Stubbs during a game against the Rice Owls.
A graduate of Millville High School in Cumberland County, New Jersey, Stubbs spent two years playing at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. He then transferred to Prairie View A&M University before his junior season. Stubbs went on to amass 147 total tackles, 10 sacks, an interception, and two forced fumbles during his time with the PVAMU Panthers. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, though he was cut before the season began. His most recent stats list him at 6-0, 220lbs.
Stubbs isn’t a stranger to hard work. In an interview on the Zach Knows Podcast on May 30, 2019, Stubbs detailed showing up to Browns rookie camp as an undrafted free agent with a chip on his shoulder.
He went on to say the three most important things the game had taught him between high school, college, and his brief experience in the NFL were attention to detail, the ability to wake up early and put in work, and developing his leadership skills on and off the field. If he is able to translate his impressive work ethic into execution on the field, he will be a valuable asset to the Vipers’ defense.
It has not yet been announced who Stubbs replaced on the Vipers’ 52-man roster.