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Wisconsin connections on XFL rosters include the guy who dropped that F-bomb

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dillon Day made some headlines with a sideline interview gone awry.

The XFL officially returned over the weekend, and many fans were captivated by the entertainment-first version of pro football, with rule alterations that encompass everything from clock management during the 2-minute drill to kickoffs to microphones on just about everybody.

It was the latter that got some headlines when Dillon Day of the Seattle Dragons came off the field and dropped an F-bomb during his in-game interview with ABC sideline announcer Dianna Russini. The censors weren't quick enough on the trigger to bleep it out.

Day, who played college football at Mississippi State, went undrafted in 2015 and was on the squad for the Super Bowl 50 champion Broncos. In 2017, the center joined the Packers, signed off the Broncos practice squad in December and subsequently released the following September. Day never played in an NFL game for the Packers or anyone else.

These are the other Wisconsin connections to the XFL.

Green Bay Packers

Hotshot's Carl Bradford (52) sacks Fleet's quarterback Mike Bercovici (11) during the second half at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. on March 24, 2019.

Carl Bradford (Houston Roughnecks). The Packers selected the linebacker out of Arizona State in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, but he never saw the field until 2016, when he appeared in four games before the team released him. He wound up with San Francisco and showed up in another two games that year. 

Donatello Brown (Dallas Renegades). The defensive back represented a classic underdog story when he made the opening 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie out of Division II Valdosta State in 2017. He was ultimately placed on the practice squad and played in four games later that season but was released after camp in 2018.

Joe Callahan (Team 9). "Team 9" includes a team of players who can jump in for an injured player on another team; essentially it's a league-wide practice squad. Callahan first signed with the Packers in 2016 and made the 53-man roster as a third-string QB option, and he came back in 2017 when Aaron Rodgers was injured. Playing on the final game of the 2017 season, he completed five of seven passes in his only NFL game. Number 9 is based in Arlington and shares practice facilities with the Dallas Renegades.

Malachi Dupre (DC Defenders). The wide receiver was selected by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft, but he didn't make the team after a scary concussion that forced him to leave a preseason game in an ambulance. He returned late in the preseason but didn't make an impact. 

Marwin Evans (Team 9). The Oak Creek native signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State and played in all 16 games, contributing on special teams. Evans was briefly put on the practice squad in 2018, then released.

DuJuan Harris (Los Angeles Wildcats). Harris joined the Packers practice squad in 2012 after selling cars in Jacksonville, but he wound up playing a role for the Packers in the 2012 playoff run, including two touchdowns in four games played that regular season. He tallied 100 all-purpose yards and a score against the Vikings in the wild-card round then added another touchdown in a loss to 49ers. He missed 2013 with an injury but returned to play in 15 games in 2014 before being released in 2015.

Josh Hawkins (Dallas Renegades). The defensive back saw ample playing time for the Packers in 2016 and 2017, appearing in 26 games overall. He started three contests in 2017 and registered a forced fumble with 37 tackles that year.

Greer Martini (Dallas Renegades). The linebacker had an impressive training camp in 2018 and merited some first-team reps in preseason games, but the late addition of Antonio Morrison relegated Martini to the practice squad, and he was released shortly thereafter. Like many players in the XFL, he tried his hand at the American Football League and had a brief stint with the Vikings but never made it into a regular-season NFL game.

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Christine Michael (St. Louis BattleHawks). The Packers picked up Michael from the Seahawks for six games in 2016, giving him 31 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He re-signed in 2017 but didn't make the team after Green Bay went on a spree of running back selections in the 2017 draft.

Jhurell Pressley (DC Defenders). The running back briefly played for the Packers in 2016 after being claimed off waivers from the Vikings.

Jake Schum (Tampa Bay Vipers). The Packers' regular punter in 2016 deployed 56 punts for a net average of 39.1, with appearances in all 16 games. He suffered an injury that bounced him from the competition with Justin Vogel for the same gig in 2017, and Green Bay released Schum.

Justin Vogel (New York Guardians). He served as Green Bay's punter in 2017 and appeared in all 16 games, with 71 punts and a 44.4-yard average. In fact, his net average (41.6, seventh in the league) was a single-season Packers record, and he wound up as an alternate for the Pro Bowl after the season. It was the first time a Packers punter had finished top 10 in that category since 2007 and only the second time it had happened since 1979. But the Packers drafted J.K. Scott the next year, and Vogel saw the writing on the wall, requesting his release. He may have been the team's best rookie in 2017.

San Antonio Commanders quarterback Marquise Williams (12) runs the ball past Arizona Hot Shots defensive back Rahim Moore (45) in the first half during an Arizona Hotshots at San Antonio Commanders AAF football game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Spent time in camp or with practice squad: Dejon Allen (St. Louis BattleHawks), 2019; Josh Allen (Dallas Renegades), 2014; Beniquez Brown (Houston Roughnecks), 2016; Jonathan Calvin (Dallas Renegades), 2017; Taylor Cornelius (Tampa Bay Vipers), 2019; Anthony Coyle (New York Guardians), 2018; Gerhard de Beer (Team 9), 2018-19; James Folston (Dallas Renegades), 2019; Keith Ford (St. Louis BattleHawks), 2019; Adonis Jennings (Los Angeles Wildcats), 2018); Joey Mbu (New York Guardians), 2018; Jordan McCray (Tampa Bay Vipers), 2014; Colby Pearson (New York Guardians), 2017; Teo Redding (New York Guardians), 2019; Nico Siragusa (Los Angeles Wildcats), 2018; Andrew Tiller (Tampa Bay Vipers), 2014; Ryan White (St. Louis BattleHawks), 2014-15; Marquise Williams (New York Guardians), 2016

Wisconsin Badgers

Dallas Renegades wide receiver Jeff Badet (13) tries to elude St. Louis BattleHawks defensive back Darius Hillary.

Garret Dooley (New York Guardians). The native of Illinois was a second-team All Big Ten selection in 2017 by the coaches and played in the Senior Bowl after 39 games and 16 starts at outside linebacker for the Wisconsin Badgers. He recorded 84 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks and was part of the winningest senior class in school history.

Darius Hillary (St. Louis BattleHawks). A second-team All Big Ten pick in 2014, the cornerback played in 54 games to tie a school record and started the past 40. The Ohio native spent two years with the Cleveland Browns organization, seeing the field once.

Tanner McEvoy (Tampa Bay Vipers). The former Wisconsin Badger played quarterback, safety and wide receiver during his three years in Madison, and he caught on as a wideout with the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted. He has 14 career NFL receptions and two touchdowns. He had an interesting resume at Wisconsin, having played at multiple positions. He has five touchdown passes, six interceptions thrown and seven caught, eight rushing touchdowns, a fumble recovery, a sack and 10 receptions.

Coaches

Jerry Fontenot (Los Angeles Wildcats). The offensive line coach is a longtime Packers assistant, serving in the O-line capacity from 2006-10, as running backs coach in 2011 and as tight ends coach from 2012-15.

Jeff Jagodzinski (Dallas Renegades). The West Allis native serves as the Renegades offensive line coach. He was the Packers offensive coordinator in 2006 before leaving to take the head coaching position at Boston College. Prior to that, he was on the Packers coaching staff from 1999 to 2003 and played football at UW-Whitewater.

Winston Moss (Los Angeles Wildcats). The former Packers assistant is head coach and general manager of the Los Angeles Wildcats. Moss was a longtime assistant under Mike McCarthy, including four years as associate head coach, but he was abruptly fired in late 2018 after a tweet that appeared to be critical of the Packers leadership team (and Aaron Rodgers) shortly after McCarthy's firing.

Jim Zorn (Seattle Dragons). The head coach and GM of Seattle, who was heard on a microphone throughout the first game of the season Saturday, briefly played with the Packers as a quarterback in 1985, tossing four touchdowns and six interceptions. From there, he went to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, though he's mostly been known as a quarterbacks coach in the NFL.

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.