But in an unprecedented move, the XFL decided that the former New Orleans Saints kicker, Garrett Hartley, was not allowed to play in the league.
Garrett Hartley took to his Instagram account (@ghartley5) and revealed to his followers about the league’s move to let him walk. This is a sad revelation for a die-hard New Orleans Saints fanbase that may have enjoyed seeing him back in action.
The reason for his release stems from a past surgery Hartley had in his neck.
Hartley said in the video that he had an artificial disk replacement surgery around his neck about a year and a half ago. He also said he has several medical personnel reminding the sports world that he can still play football post-surgery.
“Even though I have world-renown surgeons and other experts saying I’m medically cleared to play, unfortunately, the XFL does not agree,” Hartley said.
Here’s the video he posted to Instagram. You can watch the full 150-second video here.
An emotional Hartley wrote that his time with the Dragons has been cut short, despite the medical proof that he was cleared to play this season.
He said it was difficult to accept he had been able to find another team to play for only to be cut before he played a single game for the organization. Hartley did give his followers some hope when he said he will continue to strive to play football again, but it just won’t be in the XFL.
He also thanked the city of Seattle and the Seattle Dragons for the opportunity he received and said his goal is to get back to the NFL. With the inconsistency in special teams for some NFL clubs and the recognition from the XFL, Hartley could get a chance to try out for some teams.
If he lands a spot on an NFL roster, it could be one of the greatest personal comebacks the league has seen in a long time.