I had the chance to conduct a Q&A with XFL Seattle Dragons Kicker Ernesto Lacayo. We touched on a variety of topics including his time in Seattle, how the XFL differed from other leagues he’s been apart of and much more.
Q: Give us a day in the life of a professional athlete.
Ernesto: A day in the life of professional athlete consist of a good routine. Having a routine is everything for me, which transitions over to my diet, my weight training and field work. From morning to night I eat, breath and sleep football.
Q: Describe the excitement of being signed by the Dragons, and the overall excitement you felt when joining this new spring football league known as the XFL.
Ernesto: Being signed by the Dragons was a dream come true. Having played many years in the arena leagues to finally get a shot at the big stage that the XFL is and was is blessing. I think it’s a great opportunity for free agents and young athletes to strive for playing in the spring.
Q: What was it like having a Head Coach with the resume and coaching experience of Jim Zorn?
Ernesto: To play for Coach Jim Zorn was awesome. Knowing his history and the legend that he is in Seattle is not something many professional athlete(s) get a shot to do. Not to mention him and I have a common love for old VW’s and it was cool to have that with my head coach.
Q: You’ve played in professional football leagues since 2011, how does the XFL differ from some of the arena leagues you’ve been a part of?
Ernesto: Having played arena football for many years and now the XFL, both have their own unique presence that they bring to the world of sports . The arena leagues is a much faster game and brutal for kickers, as the goals post are half the width of outdoor goal post and the average lifetime span for a kicker in arena is 3 games. The XFL presenting the new rules on kickoffs and points after, where the most unique and fun new aspect to the game. But where both Arena league and XFL have in common was the fan experience. Being closer to the fans and the leagues opening up their doors to athletes is truly what made both special.
Q: Although the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how special was the 2020 XFL season for you?
Ernesto: Despite the pandemic ending our season, it was truly something special and something I will forever hold dear to my heart for the amazing experience the XFL was and will be. The Seattle Dragons organization was first class all round and the fans in Seattle were the best in the league!
Q: New York Guardians kicker Matthew McCrane landed on an NFL Practice Squad last week. Does that feel like a long time coming for many XFL kickers like yourself?
Ernesto: I think is great to hear another fellow kicker get a shot at the NFL and it’s well deserved. Like many other in the XFL we all deserve a shot to continue displaying our talents and prove we all belong in the NFL. But the excitement and fun I had in the XFL will be hard to beat.
Q: When you heard the news that Redbird Capital, Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had acquired the XFL, what went through your mind?
Ernesto: When I heard who our new owners were I was shocked! Because I had heard rumors about other entities interested in buying the league. But once I heard and let the news settle in I was very excited, and feel good about the direction the XFL is going in
Q: As the XFL community patiently awaits for news on an official return date for the league, how excited are you to get another opportunity to play in the XFL?
Ernesto: As we all patiently wait for some more news, I am very excited to come back to Seattle and finish what we all started and I along with my teammates are staying ready and await the call!
I want to thank Ernesto Lacayo for taking some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about what his XFL experience was like. We will be rooting for him and the Dragons whenever the XFL starts up again!
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