Luis Perez is no stranger to spring football. From the AAF to the XFL to the USFL to the XFL again, the quarterback has made the rounds. He has also seen several NFL practice squads throughout his football career.
Perez played last year with the New Jersey Generals, where he split time time with quarterback De’Andre Johnson. Perez played in nine games and started six, throwing for 1,200 yards, good for fifth in the USFL. His opponent in the upcoming XFL championship, Jordan Ta’amu, led the league.
Perez started this year with the Vegas Vipers before being traded midseason to the Arlington Renegades. The Renegades finished the regular season just 1-2 in the games with Perez at QB, but he had a monster game against the Roughnecks in the South Division championship.
Perez, indeed, threw for 289 yards on 19 of 27 passing. He had three touchdowns and no interceptions in that game, and the Renegades came away with a 26-11 win. Now, he’ll face the toughest challenge of the season, a Defenders team that has lost just one game this year.
Here’s what to know about Luis Perez heading into this year’s XFL championship.
Luis Perez NFL career
Born in San Diego, Perez played two years of junior college ball at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., before finishing his collegiate career at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce.
Perez signed with the Rams in 2018 after going undrafted and played in a preseason game but was waived by Los Angeles before the season began.
Since that brief stint, Perez has been on a few NFL practice squads. He spent about a month with the Eagles after the AAF was suspended in 2019, and later that summer he had a four-day stint with the Lions.
Perez was also with the Rams again for a little under a month in 2022.
Luis Perez spring football history
Despite never sticking in the NFL, Perez has become a spring football mainstay.
Alliance of American Football — He was a key cog on the Birmingham Iron in the AAF, throwing for 1,460 yards and helping the Iron clinch a playoff berth before AAF operations were suspended.
XFL (first stint) — Following his time with the Eagles and Lions, Perez joined the Los Angeles Wildcats in the XFL. However, Josh Johnson’s addition to the Wildcats led to him being traded to the New York Guardians. Perez started two games in New York before COVID-19 ended the season after Week 5.
USFL — Perez joined the New Jersey Generals for the USFL reboot in 2022. The Generals split time between Perez and De’Andre Johnson at QB, with Perez throwing the USFL’s first TD.
It’s beautiful. 😍
Perez connected with Satterfield again for the first Generals points of the 2022 season.
— New Jersey Generals (@USFLGenerals) April 17, 2022
His signature moment, however, was a game-winning drive against the Gamblers that was capped off by a gutsy QB sneak. He finished fifth in the USFL in passing in 2022.
XFL (second stint) — Perez was picked up by the Vegas Vipers as their starting QB, where he played fairly well. However, he was traded midseason to Arlington, where he went 1-2 as a starter (he didn’t play the week of the trade). Perez, however, had a huge game against the Roughnecks in the playoffs, throwing three touchdowns without an interception in a 26-11 win.
How old is Luis Perez?
Despite his numerous stops, Perez is just 28 years old.
Born August 26, 1994, Perez has been around professional football since the 2018 NFL Draft.
Perez has come up short in some past stops, but he’s seeking his first championship in any of these leagues. Arlington could be getting hot at the right time. But it has a tough opponent in D.C. for the championship.