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St. Louis Awarded Another Football Franchise

Mizzou alum Byron Chamberlain among founders

December 07, 2018 - 6:04 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — We already know Saint Louis is getting an XFL team that will begin playing football in February 2020. Now, there's word of another pro football franchise heading to the Gateway City.

Organizers of the Freedom Football League announced Thursday that the "Saint Louis Independence" would be one of ten teams in its format.

League officials said it would be a spring league, but did not say in which year it would launch. Its Twitter handle mentions "Spring 2020".

Mizzou football alum Byron Chamberlain is one of the former NFL players involved in the planning... along with Terrell Owens and Ricky Williams. Chamberlain says it's going to be a "player-centric" professional league ... with social change as part of its foundation. 

"Help our players develop not only in the game, but beyond the game," Chamberlain said. "Taking care of our players: their health and wellness, their education, their careers away from the game."

On the league's website, the league had this explanation about why it picked St. Louis: "Ever since a billionaire owner tried unsuccessfully to make the people of St. Louis foot the bill for a new stadium causing a move to Los Angeles, St. Louis has been devoid of pro football yet again. The Independence bring the gridiron back to a city with a proud sports history and a recognized breeding ground for top talent in the heartland of college football. With Ferguson as a lightning rod awakening a new civil rights movement, the FFL is proud to welcome St. Louis into this league of freedom and independence."

Related: XFL Football Coming to St. Louis in 2020