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Hakeem Nicks to take part in the XFL’s New York Showcase

The 31-year-old had 318 receptions for 4,676 yards and 27 touchdowns while with the Giants.

Once one of Eli Manning’s favorite targets, Hakeem Nicks was gone from the NFL just like that. Now, he is looking to get a second chance at playing the sport that he loves. It was announced that Nicks will take part in the XFL’s New York Showcase. The showcase is expected to take place today, June 14th, inside Montclair State University’s Sprague Field in New Jersey.

The 31-year-old Hicks was drafted 29th by the Giants in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He had an immediate impact with the team, scoring 27 touchdowns from 2009-2013. In 61 games starting for the Giants, Nicks had 4,676 yards on 318 receptions.

Nicks was an important player in the Giants’ 2011-2012 Super Bowl XLVI run that included another win over the New England Patriots. His postseason run was remarkable. He recorded two touchdowns on 115 yards in the Wild Card game against the Atlanta Falcons and two TDs for 165 against the Green Bay Packers. The latter was known for his 37-yard Hail Mary reception at the end of the first half.

After receiving for 55 yards against the 49ers, Nicks was a huge factor against the Patriots. He was the leading receiver with ten receptions for 109 yards. Nicks became the franchise leader in postseason receptions with 28 for 444 yards.

Following his initial run with the Giants, Nicks played for the Colts and Titans before rejoining the Giants in 2015. He was last seen attempting to play for the New Orleans Saints before being waived in 2016. Now looking for a second chance, Nicks believes the XFL is the perfect place for him to continue his journey.

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