New England Steamrollers
|New England Steamrollers|
New England Steamrollers
|League||Arena Football League|
|Arena||Providence Civic Center|
|Based in||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Colors||Black, Orange, White
|Owner(s)||Frank J. Russo
|Head coach||Babe Parilli|
The New England Steamrollers were a former Arena Football League based in Providence, Rhode Island. The team played in the AFL's 1988 season. The Steamrollers were one of four teams to enter the AFL in 1988, and along with the New York Knights and Los Angeles Cobras were folded following the season.
The Steamrollers were based out of Providence, Rhode Island and played their home games at the Providence Civic Center. They were the first professional football team of any kind to play in Providence since the Providence Steam Roller folded in 1933 and the first non-minor league professional sports franchise to play in the city since the NBA's Providence Steamrollers folded in 1949.
The coach of the Steamrollers was former Boston Patriots All-Pro quarterback Babe Parilli.
In 1988, Concert and fight promoter, Frank J. Russo, and jeweler, Robert Andreoli, purchased a limited partnership from the Arena Football League to own the rights to a Providence, Rhode Island team. The team's first move was the hiring of Head Coach, Babe Parilli in March. After a 3-9 season, the Steamrollers didn't achieve the dollar amount that Russo and Andreoli thought they would, and the franchise folded.
|1988 New England Steamrollers roster|
Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs
Offensive Linemen/Defensive Linemen
Rookies in italics
Arena Football League Hall of Famers
|New England Steamrollers Hall of Famers|
|No.||Name||Year Inducted||Position(s)||Years w/ Steamrollers|
The following Steamrollers players were named to All-Arena Teams:
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 1988 Arena Football League season.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties
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- Paul Zimmerman (July 11, 1988). "Off-the-wall Ball". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
- "Names in the News". Los Angeles Times. March 2, 1988. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
- Andy Crossley (April 27, 2012). "Rob Ekno Interview". www.box.com. Box. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
- AFL Official Website
- New England Steamrollers at FunWhileItLasted.net
- New England Steamrollers at ArenaFan.com