It has been four years since Hakeem Nicks played football professionally, but the former Giants wide receiver hopes he still has something left in the tank.
All it took was a little push from Eli Manning to find out.
Nicks worked out at the XFL's "Summer Showcase" on Friday at Montclair State University in front of XFL New York/New Jersey coach Kevin Gilbride, Nicks' former offensive coordinator, hoping to make a return to professional football.
He was there, in part, because Manning encouraged him after Nicks attended one of the Giants quarterback's offseason throwing sessions.
"Eli was like, 'Man, you've still got a step. Why don't you see if you can still give it a shot? You're still young enough,'" Nicks told James Kratch of NJ.com. "All my friends are in my corner still, pushing me to play. They know I love the game of football. It is what it is."
The XFL, which disbanded in 2001, will return in February 2020 when Nicks will be 32 years old. The former first-round talent will be competing against players 10 years younger than him, some fresh out of college or just out of the NFL, in order to make a team.
Yet Nicks is staying optimistic.
"I just want one last year to go at it and play before I get in my late 30s," he said. "I just want one last season, whether it be the NFL or the XFL. I'm not closing any doors. I just want one last year to play ball. This was the opportunity, so I came and showed out."