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Las Vegas Outlaws (XFL)

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League  XFL
Founded  2001
Head coach  Jim Criner
Colors  Black, Gold, Red
Arena  Sam Boyd Stadium
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Team history  Las Vegas Outlaws (2001)
Based in  Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

The Las Vegas Outlaws were an American football team in the short-lived XFL. They played in the Western Division with the Los Angeles Xtreme, San Francisco Demons and Memphis Maniax. They played their home games at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Outlaws hosted the first nationally televised XFL game on NBC against the New York/New Jersey Hitmen.



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Before the 2001 season began there was already question if Las Vegas could support a professional sports team due to past failed attempts with: Las Vegas Americans (Soccer-MISL- 1984-85), Las Vegas Dustdevils (Soccer-CISL-1994-1995), Las Vegas Posse (Football-CFL-1994) Las Vegas Quicksilvers (Soccer-NASL-1976-1978), Las Vegas Seagulls (Soccer-ASL-1979), Las Vegas Sting (Football-Arena Football League-1994-1995) and Las Vegas Thunder (IHL-1993-1999) The Outlaws were sponsored by Cox Communications, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Station Casinos, PacifiCare Health Systems and Findlay Toyota. Just like the Posse (and the later Locomotives), the Outlaws had a difficult time selling tickets. For the home opener against the Hitmen 13,700 tickets were sold for a stadium that seats 36,000. There were only 7,000 estimated season ticket holders. Compared to the rest of the league, the Outlaws' attendance was about average, at 22,000 fans per game. They were one of two teams (the league-leading San Francisco Demons being the other) to consistently play in a stadium that was more than half full. The league leading defense lead by Defensive Coordinator Mark Criner was nicknamed "The Dealers of Doom."


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Among the team's players were the XFL's most well-known, Rod Smart (later with the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and the Oakland Raiders), who went by the nickname of "He Hate Me", which appeared on the back of his jersey. (He was originally going to put "They Hate Me", but there wasn't enough room.) Coached by former Boise State and Scottish Claymores head coach Jim Criner, the Outlaws competed in the XFL's only season, held in the spring of 2001. The team encouraged their fans to come up with a nickname. They selected the "Dealers of Doom Defense". After a strong start, the Outlaws lost their last three games to finish in last place in the division with a record of 4-6-0, just one game out of a playoff spot.

Despite having a two-year contract, NBC announced shortly after the season that it was getting out, as the season's later games had garnered the lowest ratings for a major American television network since the Nielsen ratings had begun tracking them, and the league folded shortly afterwards.

The team was the centerpiece of the 2003 book about the XFL, Long Bomb: How the XFL Became TV's Biggest Fiasco. It was written by Brett Forrest of Details magazine.

Famous Las Vegas Outlaws players

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  • 87 Werner (Verne) Hippler, a German-born tight end who played 11 years in the NFL Europe League and has also been on the practice squads of the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions.
  • 10 Mike Cawley (James Madison) - The quarterback played in the NFL for five seasons with four different teams, a season in the CFL with two different teams, a season in NFLE with the Amsterdam Admirals, and one year with the Af2 Quad City Steamwheelers.
  • 81 Todd Floyd (UNLV) - The wide receiver played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFLE and was on the preseason rosters of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
  • 22 Chrys Chukwuma(Arkansas) -The running back was briefly on the Dallas Cowboys' roster.
  • 30 Rod Smart (WKU) - "He Hate Me" became the first former XFL player to appear in a Super Bowl: Super Bowl XXXVIII for the Panthers.
  • 82 Mike Furrey (Ohio State/Northern Iowa) - Like Smart, the receiver has enjoyed a long NFL career.
  • 17 Paul McCallum - Kicker who played for NFLE's Scottish Claymores. As of 2016, currently plays for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League; McCallum is the last active former XFL player in any professional league.
  • 92 Kelvin T.G. Kinney (Virginia State) - The defensive end has spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins.
  • 31 Kelly Herndon (Toledo) - The cornerback later landed with the Seattle Seahawks. In Super Bowl XL, he returned an interception for a then record of 76 yards. Since then it has been broken by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
  • 16 Mark Grieb - The quarterback would go on to win two ArenaBowls with the San Jose SaberCats. In the XFL, Grieb only got his chance when the starting quarterback Ryan Clement was injured.
  • Season-by-season

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  • Saturday February 3, 2001 W New York/New Jersey Hitmen 0 at Las Vegas Outlaws 19
  • Sunday February 11, 2001 W Las Vegas Outlaws 25 at Memphis Maniax 3
  • Saturday February 17, 2001 L Los Angeles Xtreme 12 at Las Vegas Outlaws 9
  • Sunday February 25, 2001 W Las Vegas Outlaws 16 at San Francisco Demons 9
  • Sunday March 4, 2001 L Las Vegas Outlaws 13 at Chicago Enforcers 15
  • Saturday March 10, 2001 L Las Vegas Outlaws 15 at Orlando Rage 27
  • Saturday March 17, 2001 W Birmingham Thunderbolts 12 at Las Vegas Outlaws 34
  • Saturday March 24, 2001 L Las Vegas Outlaws 26 at Los Angeles Xtreme 35
  • Sunday April 1, 2001 L San Francisco Demons 14 at Las Vegas Outlaws 9
  • Saturday April 7, 2001 L Memphis Maniax 16 at Las Vegas Outlaws 3
  • Team leaders

  • Rushing Yards: 555, Rod "He Hate Me" Smart
  • Receiving Yards: 273, Yo Murphy
  • Passing Yards: 804, Ryan Clement

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