The goal of any football player is get to the highest level possible and that could mean the NFL, Canadian Football League, or even Arena Football. For some players, the next rung on the ladder was the Alliance of American Football that debuted this past February but folded after just eight weeks of regular season play.
It was an opportunity lost for many players, but a new opportunity is on the horizon with the new XFL which is set to launch in February of 2020. Last week, Streets defensive lineman Herbert Moore announced on social media that he was extended an invitation to attend one of the XFL’s Summer Showcases on Saturday June 8th in Houston, Texas.
“I am very excited,” said Moore. “For me to be invited out of thousands of players in America…it means a lot. It feels like my hard work is starting to pay off. I still have a ways to go but this is a major first step.”
The new XFL is holding invitation-only workouts in each of the league’s eight cities for players that the league is considering for opportunities. The players consist of those who have played in the NFL or alternate leagues like the National Arena League and Moore has received a football player’s version of the golden ticket in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
At the showcases, there will be height, weight, and additional measurements for each player, light combine-like athletic testing including the 40-yard-dash and shuttle drills, and individual workouts and one on one drills run by the XFL coaching staffs. The player personnel teams will have the ability to gather background information and evaluate the players for official XFL contracts.
Moore's Invitation From the XFL
The Streets will not have Moore for their June 8th home game against the Carolina Cobras and depending on how he does, he could be offered a contract to play in the XFL. It would be tough to see him leave the Streets, but the former Ole Miss star’s participation in the XFL Summer Showcase speaks volumes about the level of talent on the Streets and in the NAL overall.
And there could be more players and even some coaches who could get similar news from the XFL and join Moore with a chance to be part of the new league.
“It’s a great opportunity for a great kid,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “We are expecting to have several other athletes get their invites in the near future. It goes to show that the NAL houses some top level talent. The league is providing teams the stage to get elite athletes and some really good young coaches an opportunity to showcase their respective talents.”
Opportunities for players and coaches can come about in different ways. Moore played in arguably the best conference in college football but so far the chance to play in the NFL or another high level of professional football has not been there…yet. Sometimes, it takes getting a little more film on one’s resume and that opportunity was given to Moore by the Streets.
Moore has made a terrific transition to Arena Football and his ability has opened up some eyes to the point where he now has a chance take his talents to a bigger stage.
“I think it has somewhat attributed to me getting an opportunity,” said Moore. “It’s showing a lot of people that I am great despite my journey. I give a lot of thanks to (Owner) Corey Galloway and Rick (Marsilio) for giving me a professional shot.”
Herbert Moore has been everything that the Streets could have hoped for this season and a big reason why the team is 3-2 and in position to challenge for a playoff spot in their inaugural season. But each and every person in the organization, from ownership to the football staff to the players to everyone in the front office, is ecstatic that Moore is getting this opportunity.
Here’s hoping that Herbert turns in a great performance at the showcase, re-joins the Streets and helps them win the NAL championship, and then gets an offer to play in the XFL. And we can only hope that offer will be from the New York franchise that will play at MetLife Stadium so we can still see him play in person.
Good luck Herbert!
This Saturday night, the Streets and visit the Massachusetts Pirates and you can watch the game on the NAL YouTube channel. Kickoff is at 7pm. The Streets return home on Saturday afternoon June 8th to battle the defending NAL champion Carolina Cobras in a 3pm kickoff. That game can be seen live on MSG Network.
New York Streets individual game tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. For season and group ticket information, call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.