April 10, 2001
STAMFORD, CONN. – The XFL today named the Los
Angeles Xtreme RB tandem of Rashaan Shehee and
Saladin McCullough as its Offensive Players
of the Week and New York/New Jersey Hitmen CB
Joey Eloms as its Defensive Player of the Week
for week 10, the final week of the regular season.
The ball-hawking Eloms saved his best effort
for the Hitmen's final regular season contest:
intercepting two passes, notching a pair of
solo tackles, and recording five passes defended
in the 22-0 win in Birmingham on Sunday.
The two interceptions also established a new
team mark and Eloms' total of four picks are
good for the No. 2 overall ranking in the XFL
for its inaugural season. Eloms' third-quarter
theft resulted in a NY/NJ score, when the cornerback
alertly lateraled the ball to teammate Donnie
Caldwell as he was being tackled. Caldwell raced
untouched down the sideline for a 46-yard touchdown.
Despite the win, the Hitmen failed to qualify
for the post-season when Chicago defeated Orlando
later that night.
The Los Angeles duo combined for 155 yards rushing
in the Xtreme's 24-0 win over the San Francisco
Demons on Saturday, helping clinch the Western
Division Title. McCullough rushed for 73 yards
on just eight carries for an average of 9.1
yards per carry and one touchdown before leaving
the game late in the second quarter with a pulled
Shehee, who saw his first action since losing
his starting job to McCullough in Week Six,
picked up the slack, rushing for 92 yards on
The Xtreme will host the Chicago Enforcers on
Sunday (7:00 p.m. ET on UPN) in the semifinal
round of the XFL playoffs. Orlando hosts San
Francisco in the other semifinal (Saturday,
8:00p.m. ET on NBC). The winners advance to
"The Million Dollar Game"ä on Saturday,
April 21 (8:00 p.m. ET on NBC).
Runner-up on offense was Chicago QB Kevin McDougal.
Runner-up on defense was Chicago LB Jamie Baisley.
Both players had won Player of the Week honors
the week before.