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QB’s Kurt Benkert (Houston) and D’Eriq King (D.C.) Assigned To XFL Teams

Arlington, Texas (December 12, 2022) – The XFL today announced that Kurt Benkert (Houston Roughnecks) and D’Eriq King (D.C. Defenders) have been assigned to XFL teams.

Benkert, 27, played collegiately at East Carolina and Virginia. He has NFL experience with Atlanta, Green Bay, and San Francisco.

King, 25, played collegiately at Houston and Miami before signing with the New England Patriots after going unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft. He also had a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers.

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Per Mike Mitchell:


The XFL’s ownership group, led by Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital Partners, is building a fan-first, fast-paced global professional football league with innovative rules and enhanced 360 game experience. The XFL will bring entertainment to world class football, with the goal of advancing the game of football and expanding player opportunities when it launches in February 2023. 

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