Former Steelers stars Rod Woodson and Hines Ward along with former Steelers defensive coordinator Jim Haslett were named among the eight head coaches announced Wednesday for the 2023 reboot of the XFL

The spring football league that debuted to great fanfare in 2001 but folded after one season was then brought back for 2020 only to succumb to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Joining Ward, Woodson and Haslett as coaches are Reggie Barlow, Anthony Becht, Terrell Buckley, Wade Phillips and Bob Stoops.

“I have experienced first-hand the positive influence and impact that coaches can have on a player’s life,” Johnson said in a statement released by the league 

The league is planning on eight teams but apparently those eight will not necessarily align with the eight cities that hosted franchises in 2020.  

Pittsburgh has never had an XFL team and is not expected to this go-round; the USFL has a team called the Pittsburgh Maulers 

Woodson, 57, is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A cornerback, he played his first 10 seasons for the Steelers and has spent some time as an NFL assistant.

Ward, 46, played 14 seasons for the Steelers, retiring in 2012 as their career leader in all major receiving categories.