Chris Miller is turning in the Friday night lights for the big leagues.
The Oregon native (Sheldon High School, Eugene, OR) is packing up his Oregon roots and headed south to Houston, Texas as he has accepted the Offensive Coordinator position for the city's XFL team.
Miller started his high school football journey in small-town Eugene and continued his gridiron dreams just 2.7 miles down the road to Autzen Stadium where he went on to be the starting quarterback for the University of Oregon (1983-1986). He became a first round draft pick in the 1987 NFL Draft (Rd 1 / Pick 13 to the Atlanta Falcons) and had a 10-year career that was ultimately halted by concussions.
Miller then dropped the helmet and turned it into a headset. He started as the coach of South Eugene High School (2001-2006 in Eugene, Oregon), before heading into the NFL to coach with the Arizona Cardinals (2009-2012). He then returned back to South Eugene high school coaching for one season before taking the head coaching position at West Linn high school (Portland, Oregon).
Miller lead the Lions to a 6A state championship in 2016.
Miller was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
What is the XFL?
Get ready football fans, the XFL is coming to a TV near you in 2020. If your immediate reaction to this football league news is "yikes", then you're not alone as many are wondering why the reincarnation of the XFL was announced with the news of the AAF (American Alliance of Football) getting cancelled.
But have no fear, the XFL existed before. It is an eight-team, 10-week regular season followed by a postseason league. The teams are Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C.
How does the XFL differ from the NFL? According to the XFL's home website, "Faster, with more plays, less stall, fewer interruptions and no gimmicks."