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**IN MEMORIAM**

This site is dedicated to former Hitmen OG Troy Stark, who passed away on June 1, 2001, from complications after knee surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & loved ones.


Welcome to the new home page for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen!


The Hitmen started off the season with a shutout loss to Las Vegas, but themselves pitched 2 shutouts in later games (one against Chicago, another against Birmingham). In spite of having many talented players, mistakes plagued the team throughout the season, and they finished at 4-6.

The Hitmen made a change at QB in the early part of the season, replacing the struggling Charles Puleri with Wally Richardson. Richardson rallied the team to their first win, a shutout against hapless Chicago. The team rallied to fans' chants of "Wally, Wally, Wally" streaming in from the stands. Richardson, however, was himself injured later in the season and was replaced by Puleri, who led the team to a shutout victory over the Birmingham Bolts in the season finale.

Perhaps one of the most enduring moments in the Hitmen's brief history is the contrived drama between NBC announcer Jesse Ventura and Head Coach Rusty Tillman. Ventura tried to inject a little wrestling hype into XFL broadcasts of Hitmen games by publicly challenging Tillman's manhood and decision-making abilities. Coach Tillman, ever the consummate professional, brushed off the jabs by Ventura and refused to respond. In the end, Ventura's attempts failed, and this also contributed to overall decline in viewers for NBC's XFL broadcasts.

The Hitmen had a lot of talent and a lot of promise, but mistakes haunted the team all season long. There is little doubt that Coach Tillman and his staff would have been able to field a much better team had there been a second season, and it is a shame that fans will never know how much better the team would have been.


NEWS:

As you've no doubt noticed, the XFL Memorial Network is now the ALL-XFL Memorial Network, on our own dedicated server! If you have any Hitmen info that is not listed here, please contact me so that it may be added. Also, if you have any unique Hitmen memorabilia/collectibles (autographed items especially), please contact me to have your items displayed in the Memorabilia section. All items will be credited to their appropriate owners!



Video clips are still being tracked down, as I have nearly every game on videotape. As soon as I have the entire Network up & running, I will start recording video clips and posting them to the Network.











   
 


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