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Los Angeles Avengers
LosAngelesAvengers
Year founded 2000
Year folded 2009
Prior names None
Divisional championships 1:
2005
ArenaBowl championships None

The Los Angeles Avengers was an Arena Football League team based in Los Angeles, California from 2000 through 2008. They folded on April 19, 2009.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Los Angeles Avengers played their home games at the Staples Center, which is also the current home to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. The team began play in the 2000 season. The Avengers competed in the Western Division of the American Conference. Since its inception in 2000, the Avengers had competed in postseason play five times. The Avengers earned American Conference wildcard playoff berths in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007, and won the American Conference Western Division Championship in 2005.

The Avengers franchise was owned by Casey Wasserman, grandson of the late MCA head Lew Wasserman.

On April 10, 2005, Avengers defensive lineman Al Lucas was injured attempting to make a tackle and later died at a nearby hospital. It is the only fatal injury incurred during a game in the history of the league. The Al Lucas Hero Award is named after him.

The Avengers announced the termination of the program on April 20, 2009 after nine years of operation: "The LA Avengers has terminated its participation in the Arena Football League." The Los Angeles Avengers could possibly be returning in 2012 in the new Arena Football League along with Columbus, New York, Grand Rapids, & Colorado.

The Avengers official mascot was a superhero-like character named TD.[2]

Memorable Avengers' highlightsEdit

  • On Sunday, March 30, 2003, in a Week 9 road game against the Orlando Predators, the Avengers trailed 63-58 late in the game. However, L.A. managed to recover an onside kick and on the very last play of the game, Quarterback Tony Graziani threw a 32-yard touchdown pass that flinged off the rebound net and was caught by WR/LB Greg Hopkins, giving the Avengers a 64-63 win. On the Arena Football League's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown, this is at #19. Greg Hopkins would later coach special teams for the Avengers where he forced his players to do push-ups if they do not know the answers to his questions.[3]

Season-by-seasonEdit

CoachesEdit


Head coach Tenure Regular season
record (W-L)
Post season
record (W-L)
Most recent coaching staff Notes
Stan Brock 2000 - 2001 3-14[4] 0-0[4] Let go after starting 0-3 during 2001.[4]
Robert Lyles 2001[5] 5-6[5] 0-0 Replaced Brock, was not
retained after season.
Ed Hodgkiss 2002 - 2008 57-53[6] 1-5[6]
Pat O'Hara* 2009 0-0 0-0 OC:Vacant
DC / DB Coach: Maurice Blanding
QB / WR Coach: Chad Salisbury
DL / LB Coach: Leroy Thompson
OL / FB Coach: Mark Tucker
Team folded before he coached a game.

Notable past playersEdit

Silas Demary - OL/DL AFL 2005 Player Of the Year

Retired numbersEdit

  • #76 Al Lucas – June 17, 2007
  • #82 Greg Hopkins – June 17, 2007

NotesEdit

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