Feb. 13, 2001
STAMFORD, CONN. - The XFL today named Los Angeles Xtreme
WR Jermaine Copeland as its Offensive Player of the Week
and Orlando Rage S Omar Brown as its Defensive Player of
the Week for week two.
Copeland caught 17 passes for 190 yards and a score to help
rally the Xtreme from a 12-point deficit in the final three
minutes and lead Los Angeles over the Chicago Enforcers,
39-22, in overtime.
The acrobatic wideout lived up to his advanced billing,
making several highlight-film catches, but none bigger than
his 20-yard TD grab on the Xtreme’s last chance in the first
After the game-saving score in front of the celebrating
home crowd, the flamboyant Copeland debuted his touchdown
dance, the “X-Spot,” but says it will only be performed
at the L.A. Coliseum.
“The ‘X-Spot’ is an L.A. thing only,” said Copeland. “Don’t
worry, though, we’ll be saving some surprises for the game
in Las Vegas.”
The 17 catches is an XFL record, but is not even a personal
best for Copeland, who once caught 19 balls in an NFL Europe
game playing for Barcelona, the pro football record until
Terrell Owens’ 20 catches for the San Francisco 49ers this
Rage safety Omar Brown was everywhere Saturday night as
Orlando shut down San Francisco, 26-14, to run its record
“It’s a real honor to be selected XFL Defensive Player of
the Week, but I know it’s really a team award,” said Brown.
“If our entire defense doesn’t play hard and hold a great
offense to 14 points, I wouldn’t have had a chance to win
it. Our entire defense made great plays all night long.
I just happened to make a few that stood out.”
The numbers tell the story of Brown’s dominance in becoming
the second straight Rage player to capture XFL Defensive
Player of the Week honors (LB Shawn Banks in week one).
Brown had 10 solo tackles, forced a fumble on a kickoff
return, recovered a fumble and rumbled 12 yards for a touchdown,
picked off one pass and knocked down two others.
Others considered for offensive honors were Los Angeles
QB Tommy Maddox (38-65, 422 yards, 4 TDs, 1 rushing TD)
and Birmingham WR Stepfret Williams (95-yard punt return
for a TD and caught eight passes for 134 yards).
Others considered for defensive honors were Las Vegas LB
Kurt Gouveia (100-yard fumble recovery for TD and in on
six tackles as Outlaws defense still yet to surrender a
TD) and Memphis LB Richard Hogans (five solo tackles and