Oklahoma Wranglers
LeagueArena Football League
Team historyMemphis Pharaohs (1995–1996)
Portland Forest Dragons (1997–1999)
ArenaMyriad Convention Center
Based inOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Team colorsMaroon, Black, Silver, White
Head coachBob Cortese

The Oklahoma Wranglers was a professional arena football team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They were members of the Central (1996-1997) and Western (1998-2001) of the American Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). They previously played as the Memphis Pharaohs and Portland Forest Dragons. The team played at the Myriad, now known as the Cox Convention Center, in downtown Oklahoma City.



Memphis Pharaohs (1995-1996)

The Memphis Pharaohs played at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee in 1995 and 1996. The team was named the Pharaohs because the capital of ancient Egypt was Memphis, Egypt, and because they literally played their home games in a pyramid.

Portland Forest Dragons (1997-1999)

After a winless 1996 season, the team relocated to Portland, Oregon where they played for three seasons as the Portland Forest Dragons. In years of 1997, 1998, and 1999, the Forest Dragons complied records of 2-12, 4-10, and 7-7, never making the playoffs while in Portland. During the 1998 season the team featured receiver Oronde Gadsden, who won the league's Rookie Of The Year award, and went on to sign with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

Oklahoma Wranglers (2000-2001)

After three seasons in Portland, the franchise relocated again, this time to Oklahoma City. The move happened after the franchise owner attempted and failed to sell the team to an owner committed to keeping the team in Portland. After relocating, the team changed their name to the Oklahoma Wranglers. The team played in Oklahoma City for two seasons before being disbanded by the league after the 2001 season.


Notable players

Arena Football Hall of Famers

Oklahoma Wranglers Hall of Famers
No. Name Year Inducted Position(s) Years w/ Wranglers
5 Ben Bennett 2000 QB 1997

Individual awards

Rookie of the Year
Season Player Position(s)
1998 Oronde Gadsden OS

Most Inspirational Player of the Year
Season Player Position(s)
1999 James Guidry QB

Don't Blink! Player of the Year
Season Player Position(s)
2001 Lamart Cooper OS

All-Arena players

The following Wranglers players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

All-Ironman players

The following Wranglers players have been named to All-Ironman Teams:

All-Rookie players

The following Wranglers players have been named to All-Rookie Teams:

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