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Former San Diego Chargers Offensive Lineman Tony Berti Joins Outlaws Line

March 6, 2001

ORLANDO – For the third consecutive week, the Las Vegas Outlaws (3-2) added a player to their offensive scheme. Late Monday, the Outlaws traded S Toby Wright to the San Francisco Demons for G/T Tony Berti, whose rights had come to San Francisco earlier in the day from the NY/NJ Hitmen. Berti, a Henderson resident who was drafted in the fourth round of last October’s XFL P.A.S.S. by the Hitmen, is a 6-6, 280-lb. offensive lineman who has spent time in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. Because of the trade, Las Vegas now has seven days to reduce its active roster to the XFL’s 45-man limit.

“Berti is a gifted athlete with excellent experience,” said Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner. “He can play both the guard and tackle positions, and brings us added depth as we improve our offensive line. He is a player who we have had our eye on for some time, and he will be with us for the long haul."

Two weeks ago, Criner and the Outlaws acquired QB Mark Grieb, who has split his two games as the Outlaws’ signal caller. Last Monday saw the addition of WR Yo Murphy, who caught three passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns in his XFL debut Sunday at Soldier Field in the Outlaws’ 15-13 loss to the Enforcers.

Berti began his professional career as the San Diego Chargers’ sixth-round draft selection out of the University of Colorado in 1995. He played in 33 games, with 30 starts in his first three NFL seasons, before suffering a knee injury during the 1998 preseason and spending the next 12 weeks of the regular season on injured reserve. Released on November 25, 1998, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks two days later and was inactive for the Seahawks' final five games.

Berti subsequently became a free agent when his contract expired February 12, was signed by Denver on February 17, 1999, and remained with the Broncos through training camp and the preseason before being placed on waivers in the final roster cutdown for the regular season. Later re-signed by Denver on February 22, 2000, he was released the following day and spent this past spring with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe before participating in the Green Bay Packers’ training camp during the fall of 2000.

At the University of Colorado, Berti was second team All-America as a senior in 1994 when he was the Buffaloes’ starting left tackle. That season, Berti helped RB Rashaan Salaam lead the CU attack which ranked third in nation in rushing (291.5 yards per game) and total offense (495.3 yards per game). Berti earned first-team All-Big Eight conference honors by Football News.

Born Charles Anton Berti, Jr., on June 21, 1972, in Rock Springs, Wyoming, Berti was a high school All-America selection and rated the seventeenth-best offensive lineman in country by Super Prep Magazine as a senior at Skyview High in Thornton, Colorado. Berti also performed as an outside linebacker for Wolverines, adding second-team All-State honors from both The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Also lettered in track at Skyline, performing in shot put (54''''0") and discus (132''''0"). A three-time member of the National Honor Society, Berti graduated high school with a 3.86 grade point average before majoring in psychology at the University of Colorado, where he earned Colorado’s "Academic Starts" honors every semester.


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