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Charles Puleri
No. 7     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-03-01) March 1, 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth: New York, New York
Career information
College: New Mexico State
Undrafted in 1993
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Sacramento Gold Miners (1993)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Comp. / Att.     128 / 257
Passing yards     1,604
TDINT     20–14
QB rating     66.35
Rushing TD     3
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Charles "Charley" Puleri (born March 1, 1969) is a former professional football quarterback.

Career Edit

Puleri signed to the Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993. He spent the vast majority of his career in the minor leagues, playing at various points in his career with the Miami Hooters, Texas Terror, Iowa Barnstormers, Detroit Fury, Buffalo Destroyers, London Monarchs and, during the 2000 preseason, the Dallas Cowboys. Unusually for a quarterback, Puleri played ironman in arena football, seeing limited playing time on defense and special teams.[1][2]

Puleri is best known for his time with the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL. In 2001, Puleri, a native of New York City, signed with his hometown team. Puleri would be the starting quarterback in the XFL's first game, leading the Hitmen against the Las Vegas Outlaws on national television. Puleri's tenure as the Hitmen's starting quarterback proved to be a disastrous embarrassment for both him and the league as a whole, as he was repeatedly sacked and turned the ball over numerous times, making the league's level of talent look bad and partially prompting the mass decline in viewers as the season progressed. After a short, kayfabe quarterback controversy, Puleri was benched in favor of Wally Richardson (a former NFL backup for the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons) during the second week of the season.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Charles Puleri". Arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/Charles_Puleri-1304/. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  2. Associated Press (2000-06-09). "Cowboys sign QB Cunningham". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock Online). http://lubbockonline.com/stories/060900/pro_060900129.shtml. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  3. "NY/NJ Hitmen Roster: Charles Puleri". All-xfl.com. http://www.all-xfl.com/nynjhitmen/team/roster/charlespuleri.htm. Retrieved 2012-08-02.

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