The latest stop on the XFL Summer Showcase tour was in Washington DC. It was just outside DC in Springfield, Virginia at a place called the St. James.
This massive facility is practice home to DC United(MLS). It was built over a year ago, and as Oliver Luck put it at the Chalk Talk we attended, the most impressive athletic sports facially he was ever seen, and he has seen a lot of them over his career. The 450,000 square foot complex includes turf fields, two ice rinks, an Olympic-size swimming pool, hardwood courts, rock climbing walls, and so much more.
XFL Hiring Spree
Once we arrived at the facility, we had a chance to talk to Bretan Debysingh League Communications Manager who told us the XFL has ramped up it’s hiring of key office staff over the last two weeks. With some 70 new hires that started Monday and over 90 new hires that started the week before. The XFL is in a serious employee growth phase as we move to kick off in 2020.
XFL Summer Showcase Breakdown
We set up our camera on the field and started taking pictures and video for future videos and XFL News Hub content. Here is a break down of what we saw.
The practice was run by the XFL DC Head Coach Pep Hamilton and his staff. Other XFL team were represented there by assistant coaches but not any of the Head Coaches.
Listen to our podcast this week for interviews with John Turner from A Football World Discussion Group and XFL CEO and Commissioner Oliver Luck.
Notable Former NFL and AAF Players
Amba Etta-Tawo(WR) played for the Birmingham Iron(AAF).
Jacoby Ford(WR) was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Last played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders(CFL).
Jalin Marshall(WR) played for the Orlando Apollos (AAF).
Freddie Martino(WR) played for the Arizona Hotshots (AAF) with a brief stop in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tobais Palmer(WR) played for the Birmingham Iron(AAF).
Bernard Pierce(RB) was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012.
Phillip Nelson(QB) played for the San Diego Fleet(AAF).
Scott Orndoff(TE) played for the Orlando Apollos (AAF).
Our turn. #XFLShowcase pic.twitter.com/0lWzwXiRiQ— XFL Washington DC (@XFLDC) June 15, 2019
Next Stops For Summer Showcase
This was the half way point of the XFL Summer Showcase. Next stop is Los Angeles and Seattle.
4 down, 4 to go.— XFL (@xfl2020) June 17, 2019
Next up: @XFLLosAngeles & @XFLSeattle #XFLShowcase pic.twitter.com/N1oj5GKZdo
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