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Former Steelers RB Anthony McFarland Shows Out in UFL

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland showed out in the UFL over the weekend, showcasing his blazing speed.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland Jr. catches the ball in warmups on Nov. 12, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland had moments of promise in his NFL career, but an inability to stay healthy ultimately sunk him. When Godwin Igwebuike joined the group a year ago, he took over for McFarland on kickoff returns, and that was the end of that. McFarland was never able to reclaim his spot and ended up being released near the back half of the season, instead resting on the practice squad for the rest of the year.

And so, McFarland went to the new UFL this spring to try to showcase that he still has it. He is still just 26 years old, and McFarland has a trait that most others on the market will not have — elite speed. But that speed only meant so much when production would not show up, and for the most part, with the San Antonio Brahmas, it had not. That was until this weekend when McFarland got his chance to prove he has elite speed and capabilities as an all-around player.

Steelers RB Anthony McFarland

Pittsburgh Steelers running back and kickoff returner Anthony McFarland in a game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 19, 2023. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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McFarland dazzled last year in training camp not because of his speed in the running game but because he could make explosive plays happen as a receiver. And through his short UFL stint, that has held up, as McFarland has more receiving yards than rushing yards for the Brahmas this season. Now, he hopes it will be a parlay of an NFL opportunity.

McFarland had played in three games last season and caught two passes for 11 yards. He also started the season as the team’s primary kickoff returner, averaging 27.3 yards per return on six kicks. He cleared waivers after he was released and now hopes to showcase that he can be more of an all-around player moving forward.