Former fearsome inside linebacker Reuben Foster signed with the USFL's Pittsburgh Maulers last week as he attempts to make his return to professional football. Foster suffered a serious knee injury in the spring of 2019 and has not appeared in a game since October of 2018.

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Foster was a menacing linebacker during his time with the Crimson Tide and helped the program win two national championships and three SEC championships. In his senior year he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. In four seasons with the Tide he accumulated 223 total tackles.

He was a first round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers however he was released in the middle of his second year after legal troubles.

The Washington Commanders picked him up for the remainder of his second year in the league but he was suspended by the league.

He ran into issues with the NFL concerning substance abuse issues and his arrests ran afoul of the league's personal conduct policy. His several arrests include charges of second-degree possession of marijuana, felony domestic violence, possession of an assault weapon and first-degree battery.

Foster then tore his knee up the following spring and was unable to regain his prior form. He stayed on injured reserve for the third and fourth years of his rookie contract but hasn't been on an NFL roster since.

The Roanoke Al., native recently tweeted asking if it was wise to give the USFL a shot. It seems the heavy hitter got positive endorsements from those in the football world and therefore will be strapping up the pads this spring.

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