NEW YORK – May 24, 2022 – The XFL today announced it has partnered with Nick Novak, founder of Novak Kicking & Consulting and former professional football placekicker, to run a specialist showcase in San Diego, California on October 23, 2022. This event will focus specifically on kickers, punters and long snappers, and provide a dedicated forum for players to exhibit their skillset exclusively for the XFL’s player personnel departments.
“Our coaching staff is excited to evaluate a collection of talented specialists under the direction of Nick and his team. With Nick’s experience in the field and eye for talent, we are confident we will have elite specialists competing at a professional level in the XFL,” said Doug Whaley, Senior Vice President, Player Personnel, of the XFL.
“I am excited to be working alongside the XFL. Our goal is to find qualified specialists around the country and put them in a position to succeed both on and off the field. I went through at least 50 free agent workouts during my career. I have designed a program that takes the best elements from those workouts and created a system which determines the strengths and weaknesses of each player. Having the XFL provide this platform for up-and-coming specialists is an invaluable opportunity for all,” said Nick Novak.
Novak Kicking & Consulting will manage the event, which will take place at Maranatha Christian School in San Diego, CA, while XFL coaches and personnel directors will attend to evaluate player performance for potential inclusion in the XFL Draft player pool for the upcoming 2023 season.
All specialists must register at www.nicknovak.com to be considered for the event. If accepted, you will receive a formal invitation.
Novak Kicking and Consulting is under the direction of 15-year pro football veteran Nick Novak. Novak, a University of Maryland product is a 10-year NFL veteran having kicked for Chicago, Arizona, Kansas City, Washington, Houston and San Diego. Novak also played for UFL Florida Tuskers, AAF Birmingham Iron, and most recently XFL Wildcats. Named on the San Diego Chargers 2010 All Decade Team, Novak is 6th on all-time Chargers scoring list with 503 points and still holds the Chargers record for 32 consecutive field goals.
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.