XFL NY/NJ Hitmen Press Release 14
Press Release 14
Goins and Hunt are NY/NJ Bound; HITMEN Wave Bye-Bye to Berti


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 last week.

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.


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