According to a report in the New York Times, the owners changed the league's anthem policy because they were anxious that continued attacks from President Trump, who has criticized the protesting players, would damage the league's reputation.
He also played quarterback for the Houston Oilers and at West Virginia University, where he was inducted into the Mountaineers' Hall of Fame and later spent four years as athletic director.
As the XFL reboots, it will do so with some Luck.
Vince McMahon's XFL named Oliver Luck its new Commissioner and CEO.
He said that the XFL will allow him to reimagine how football is played on the field and delivered to fans.
Luck, the father of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, had been serving in an advisory role with the NCAA in Indianapolis.
"Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football", Vince McMahon stated in a press release. As executive vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, he helped the organization investigate possible NCAA infractions.
The XFL is coming back. "His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL", McMahon said.
The XFL plans to have eight league-owned teams, 40-man rosters and a 10-week regular season schedule while the NFL is in its offseason.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Luck said the job "will be a labor of love" and a "unique opportunity to re-imagine the game that has been a constant in my life for 40 years", according to an email. Luck landed the job after being contacted by a headhunter, and a source said his departure from the NCAA comes more from the magnitude of the opportunity, not any dissatisfaction with the embattled organization.