Paxton Lynch has had quite a journey. From a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos to now playing for the Orlando Guardians in the XFL, it has been quite a ride. He never lived up to his initial billing.
The latest ignominy came during the Orlando Guardians' defeat to the Houston Roughnecks, which Paxton Lynch and his team lost 33-12. He started the game but never finished it. At the outset, it was not looking so bleak when he threw for a touchdown pass.
But down 21-6 in the third quarter, he threw an interception and was promptly replaced by Quentin Dormady. It was the latest chapter of humiliation for the former first-rounder and NFL fans were there to remind him of it.
Here is a collection of a few reactions from social media.
Is Paxton Lynch officially a bust?
After this latest performance, will Paxton Lynch ever be able to find a way back into professional football? This is a question that must be legitimately asked. It is true that in this game, the loss was not all down to him.
He had a terrible O-line and was sacked seven times. Secondly, he joined only two weeks ago and others have been there longer to understand the scheme.
But it is tough to see who else will give him an opportunity if this stint does not work out. It did not work out in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, who drafted him, and later the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He spent 2021 in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but failed to dress for a single game and was let go after one season of being their third-string quarterback.
He then went to the USFL in the 2022 season. Even there, he was the last of all the quarterbacks drafted. He played for the Michigan Panthers but entered the inactive roster with a leg injury. That brought him to the Orlando Guardians and the XFL and as we have seen, he was benched during his first game in the league.
If he cannot learn the scheme in the coming days and force his way back as a starter, this might mean the end of his football career since he has now been through all the major professional football leagues in North America.
It would be a sad end to a career where he was once envisaged to guide the post-Peyton Manning Denver Broncos to former glory.