SRUTHERFORD, N.J. – The XFL’s New York/New Jersey
HITMEN™ announced today that they have acquired
offensive linemen Harvey Goins (GO-inns) and
Robert Hunt from the San Francisco Demons™ in
exchange for offensive tackle Tony Berti.
Berti, out of Colorado, was originally selected
as the fourth pick by the HITMEN in the inaugural
XFL Player Allocation Selection System last
October. However, the Henderson, Nev., native
expressed a desire to play only for the Las
Vegas Outlaws™ and was later placed on the reserve
-- did not report list following a no-show at
NY/NJ’s second mini-camp in December.
The HITMEN offensive line, especially the right
tackle position, has been decimated by injuries
this season. NY/NJ started its fourth different
player at right tackle in last week’s loss to
the LA Xtreme™.
Hunt, a 6-3, 300-pound product of the University
of Virginia, was originally selected by Tampa
Bay in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL draft
(226th overall). He was later released and signed
with New Orleans. After the Saints placed him
on the practice squad, Hunt was allocated to
the Frankfurt Galaxy (NFLE) for the 2000 season.
The 13th choice of the San Francisco Demons
in P.A.S.S., Hunt was originally slated to be
the Demons’ starting center until a dislocated
finger on his snapping hand predicated a move
to left guard, where he was a starter for the
past four weeks.
The HITMEN will be the third XFL team for Goins,
a 6-5, 300-pounder and terrific young offensive
tackle prospect. Originally the property of
the Las Vegas Outlaws, the Louisiana-Monroe
product was acquired by the Demons in a trading
camp trade for NFL veteran David Diaz-Infante.
Goins was a member of the San Francisco practice
squad for three of the first five weeks, including
Both Hunt and Goins are expected to challenge
for starting positions.
“We’re extremely pleased to obtain two quality
offensive linemen like Hunt and Goins,” said
HITMEN head coach Rusty Tillman. “We were able
to exchange a player who never played for us
(Berti) for two players that could have a significant
impact on our offensive fortunes.”
The NY/NJ HITMEN have two Saturday night home
games remaining in their inaugural 10-game XFL
season on March 17 vs. the Memphis Maniax and
on March 31 vs. the Chicago Enforcers. Individual
game tickets are now on sale at the Continental
Airlines Arena Box Office, through Ticketmaster
outlets, ticketmaster.com and through Ticketmaster
Charge-By-Phone at 201-507-8900 or 212-307-7171.
Call 201-372-3333 or visit www.all-xfl.com/nynjhitmen
or www.all-xfl.com/xfl for more information
about the HITMEN.