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USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers make it official with Reuben Foster

Reuben Foster (#10) leading Alabama's defense to victory over Washington in 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Jason Getz - USA TODAY Sports

After two years away from football, Reuben Foster can embrace a new life.

The former Alabama linebacker is getting another chance at a professional career.

He has joined the United States Football League (USFL) as the Pittsburgh Maulers have officially signed him.

He became a member of the Maulers on Tuesday as the 28-year-old wants to return to what he loves. Foster was a force in college football for the University of Alabama from 2013 to 2016. As one of the most feared linebackers, he anchored a dominant 2016 defense for the Crimson Tide that destroyed opponents. As a former five-star from Auburn (Ala.) High School, Foster made first-team All-SEC,  won the Dick Butkus Award, and became a Unanimous All-American in 2016. He helped the Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2015 and three straight Southeastern Conference Championships from 2014 to 2016. 

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He got selected at No. 31 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He spent time between San Francisco and Washington, but injuries and off-field issues forced him out of the league. Foster has been training for a return, and now he gets an opportunity.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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