The entire ALL-XFL Memorial Network has been completely revamped,
to try to capture the look and feel of the original XFL websites.
If you don't see what you are looking for, please keep checking
back as revised pages are being uploaded as often as possible!
As of May 10, 2001, the XFL is no more....created by Vince McMahon, the mastermind behind the success of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the wrestling guru felt that he had to sacrifice too much of his WWF kingdom to keep the XFL afloat after NBC Sports withdrew their involvement. What was created and promoted as Football The Way It Was Meant To Be Played faded into
forlorn memories for many supporters and fans.
The XFL started off well with a solid business
model. Legendary Dick Butkus was announced
as the very first coach, of the Chicago
Enforcers. However, before the season started, he
was made head of the rule-making and competition
committee, and was replaced by longtime pro
coach Ron Meyer. Coaches and management were
recruited from the NFL and NFL-Europe, unique
rules and regulations were devised (click here for more
details), and the league experienced more than its fair share of
hype long before the first game was played
(February 3, 2001, NY/NJ Hitmen at Las Vegas
Outlaws). One rule that was hailed as a
victory for fans and players alike, was the set
salary scale for players, to be augmented by
game-winning bonuses. Other rule
changes came late in the season, such as a
3-point PAT and the elimination of the
Some of the most exciting aspects of the game
were having players miked for audio and the
"No Fair Catch" rule (although a
5-yard halo was enforced).
Eight teams were announced, three in cities
with current NFL teams (New York/New Jersey,
Chicago, and San Francisco) and the remaining
five without (Las Vegas, Memphis, Orlando, Los
Angeles, and Birmingham). Two divisions
consisted of four teams each. The West
comprised San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas,
and Memphis. The East consisted of New
York/New Jersey, Chicago, Orlando, and
Birmingham. Initially, the Demons were set
to play in San Jose, California, but the stadium
was deemed too small for the XFL's target
attendance; the officials at Pac-Bell Park in
San Francisco made the XFL an offer they
couldn't refuse, and the Demons officially
called San Francisco home.
The XFL took aim at the
NFL, by proclaiming the latter to mean "No
Fun League." Members of the WWF, such
as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, pitched
ads that were derisive of the NFL and its
conservative competition rules.
The initial kickoff weekend came with a tremendous amount of fanfare
and overwhelming television ratings. Viewers and fans were
no doubt drawn by the racy cheerleaders, who some people equated
as nothing more than strippers. No matter how skimpy the outfits,
most came to watch the football games. San Francisco, Las
Vegas, and Orlando led the attendance counts throughout the year,
proving that professional football teams can thrive in these cities.
San Francisco was a particular surprise, since it is the home of
the NFL 49ers and has never hosted another pro football team in
previous leagues (WFL, USFL). In the beginning of each game,
the Scramble replaced a coin toss for possession rights: one player
from each team was placed side-by-side at midfield, and the two
raced each other 15 yards to a football. The player recovering
the ball won the possession or deferment rights for his team.
Several players suffered season-ending injuries during scrambles,
but they remained extremely popular with players and fans alike.
The inaugural season finale came with The
Million Dollar Game, in which the XFL awarded the winning team's
players $1,000,000 to be shared among them. The Los Angeles Xtreme
defeated the San Francisco Demons 38-6 in this game, played at the
end of April, 2001. Interestingly, the Wingo mini-helmets
commissioned by the XFL for fans and collectors was misspelled "Million
Dollar Gave", and not corrected until later production runs!
One can hardly blame the WWFE (WWF Entertainment) for not continuing
the XFL from a financial standpoint. The WWFE posted a net
loss of approximately $35 million (in US Dollars) during the league's
first year of operation, and NBC Sports a similar amount.
Arguments can be made on both sides, but the sad fact is that we,
the fans, were the true losers. The WWFE thought that they
could bring in the millions of wrestling fans to support the league,
and were shocked when they found out that it wasn't the case.
Actual football fans were the major supporters, but these fans were
being turned off by the wrestling influence.
This site (and network of all teams) is intended to preserve the
memories of the league for all fans and supporters: team pages,
archived press releases, timelines, players' profiles and stats,
team stats, game photos, uniforms, and much more. If you have
any useful info to help these sites, please let
me know! Thanks, and I hope you enjoy your visit!
New and improved! The entire ALL-XFL Memorial Network has
been reformatted, not only to better capture the feel of the original
XFL website, but also to be better tailored for YOU. As additional
photos and information tidbits are discovered (or re-discovered),
they will be posted and the site updated. The ALL-XFL Memorial Network
was almost discontinued due to financial considerations, since it
costs us a pretty penny to pay the necessary website hosting fees
each year. Originally, the ALL-XFL Memorial Network was hosted on
a free web hosting service, but the websites soon outgrew the limits
placed by the free hosts and so we were forced to pay for a dedicated
web hosting service. All we hope to be able to do with the newly-revised
ALL-XFL Memorial Network is to cover some of the web hosting fees,
so that this valuable resource can continue to be available for
all and the keep alive the wonderful memories the XFL left us with.
Videos are still being tracked down to
fulfill the game clips in the Multimedia
section; as soon as these clips are located and
digitally recorded, they will be posted and
links provided. I have most games on tape,
and only have a few more to obtain in order to
have every televised game; as soon as I have
time, I'll start recording game highlight clips
and posting them.
Check out cool XFL and team memorabilia. If you have any unique or
autographed XFL memorabilia, and would like the
world to see it, let me