The team name references mob enforcers, alluding to Chicago's history of mafia influence (for instance, Al Capone) and continuing a theme of naming teams with themes of evil, insanity, or criminal activity ("Enforcers" falling into the last of these categories).
The Enforcers got off to a slow start, losing their first four games with Tim Lester, who prior to joining the XFL was (as frequently noted) a math teacher, at starting quarterback. In week 5, the team replaced Lester with the former Notre Dame Quatrerback Kevin McDougal and the team went 5-1 in the rest of the season (winning their last four in a row), coming from behind to make the XFL playoffs at 2nd place in the Eastern Division. In addition to their potent rushing attack led by league leading running back John Avery, they were also known for their hard hitting defense. They lost to eventual XFL champion Los Angeles Xtreme in the crossover semifinals.
5 Paul Failla QB (Notre Dame & Indiana (PA)) Failla played minor league baseball in the Anaheim Angels farm system before returning to college and to football with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Failla saw playing time in the NFL and the Arena FL with the Carolina Panthers and the New Jersey Red Dogs.
83 Aaron Bailey WR (Louisville) Bailey was a vet of five NFl seasons before joining the XFL playing with the Indianapolis Colts 1994-1998
87 Roell (Goat) Preston WR (Northeast Miss. C.C & Mississippi) Preston played five years in the NFL with five different teams after two seasons each in Atlanta (1995–96) and Green Bay (1997–98) Preston played with three teams in his fifth NFL season starting with Miami then San Francisco and finally Tennessee.
24 Corey Ivy CB (Northeast Ok. A&M J.C & Oklahoma) Ivy saw little playing time in the NFL with New England and Cleveland before joining the XFL. After the XFL Ivy played in the NFL for five seasons with two different teams 2001-2004 with Tampa Bay and a year in St. Louis with the Rams in 2005.
20 John (Duna) Avery RB (Northwest Miss. C.C & Mississippi) A former first-round pick, Avery played two seasons in the NFL before joining the XFL. Avery played with Miami in 1998 then Denver and Miami in 1999. After the XFL Avery returned to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings in 2003. Avery is better known for his contributions to the Toronto Argonauts, for whom he played from 2004 to 2007.
?? Julian Pittman DT (Florida State) Pittman played in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 1998
88 Zechariah Lord WR (Guilford College) Lord played in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals
86 Tyji Armstrong TE (Mississippi) A NFL vet of six seasons Armstrong played four seasons in Tampa Bay 1992-95 then a season in Dallas in 1996 before returning in 1998 with St.Louis
13 Tim Lester QB (Western Michigan) Led the nation in passing touchdowns his senior year. Lester had been out of football for a fairly long time and had taken up a full-time job as a math teacher at the time he was picked up by the Enforcers.
53 Jaime Baisely ILB (Indiana) Baisely was known for his hits on special teams as well as defense. He took advantage of the XFL's rules on fielding punts and was able to time several bruising hits on potential kick returners. One in particular was in Week 6 at Memphis where he flattened Maniax PR Damien Dodson.