In today’s message from the XFL Communications Department, it was revealed that the 6 feet 5 inches tall receiver will be making his return to the Gateway City—a homecoming celebrated with significant fanfare on social media.
This is with good cause. Butler was an instant hit in St. Louis, his stature and skill producing a near unparalleled number of highlights on a weekly basis. Nearly a head taller than everyone else on the field, Butler seemed to possess a near-magical ability to get open, recording the second most receptions in the entire league in an already stacked Battlehawks wide receiver room.
Butler was more than productive with the ball, leading the league in touchdowns, tying for first for plays over 20 yards, and placing second in total yards. This electrifying performance secured him a spot on the 2023 All XFL-Offense and caught the eye of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the process, who offered him a spot in their training camp.
Unfortunately, Butler was released by the Steelers in late August, but the Battlehawks and the league by extension have gained a huge asset in the process. In a business as fragile as kickstarting a professional football league, star talent is critical to drive ticket sales, and Hakeem Butler has more than proven himself to be of that caliber. In any case, the Battlehawks’ push for a successful 2024 campaign is certainly in the works.
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