Played in Riverfront Coliseum
in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cal Poly Green, Yellow, White
|General manager||Ted Gregory|
|Head coach||Joe Haering|
|League championships (0)
|Conference championships (0)
Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games
|Division championships (0)
|Playoff appearances (1)|
The Cincinnati Rockers were an arena football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They began play in 1992 as an expansion team in the Arena Football League and competed through the 1993 season before they suspended operations due to low attendance. The Rockers played their home games at the Riverfront Coliseum.
The Rockers were announced in 1991 as successful restaurant owner Ted Gregory was granted the Arena league expansion the franchise. As one of four expansion teams for 1992, the Rockers sold 5,700 season tickets. Led by Art Schlichter, who had signed a one-year $40,000 contract, the Rockers finished their first season in the league with a surprising 7-3 record, but lost in the first round of the playoffs 41-36 to the Tampa Bay Storm.
The team ceased operations following a 2-10 season in 1993. The team's attendance fell by almost 50%, leading to Tom Gregory's decision to drop out of the AFL for the 1994 season. Gregory attempted to find additional sponsors to re-launch the team in 1995, but he instead sold the franchise to the Hartford Sports & Entertainment Group, who moved the franchise to Hartford, Connecticut and became known as the Connecticut Coyotes.
|1992||7||3||0||2nd Northern||Lost Week 1 (Tampa Bay 41-36)|
|1993||2||10||0||5th Am. Conf.||– n/a –|
Logos & uniform
The team color scheme incorporated bright yellow and green.
|Cincinnati Rockers roster|
Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs
Offensive Linemen/Defensive Linemen
Rookies in italics
Arena Football Hall of Famers
|Cincinnati Rockers Hall of Famers|
|No.||Name||Year Inducted||Position(s)||Years w/ Rockers|
- Chris Barber, Defensive specialist 1992
- Tony Collins, Fullback/linebacker 1992
- Art Schlichter, Quarterback 1992
- David Smith, Fullback/linebacker 1992
- Jackie Walker, Offensive/defensive lineman 1992
- Vince Hale, Offensive/defensive lineman 1992
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 1993 Arena Football League season.
- The team appeared on the game EA Sports Arena Football and Arena Football: Road to Glory as a hidden bonus team.
- Jason Blanton (May 12, 1992). "Couch playing Arena Football". Harlan Daily Enterprise. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
- "Rockers bail out Schlichter". The Daily Sentinel. July 20, 1992. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
- "Schlichter may end grid career". Toledo Blade. October 23, 1992. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
- Ryan Ernst (March 23, 2003). "Following in footsteps of defunct Rockers". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "ROCKERS TO LEAVE ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE". Dayton Daily News. October 30, 1993. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
- "Arena grid team sold to Hellcats". Record=Journal. June 23, 1994. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
- "Arena Football League Hall of Fame". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Fran Curci". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan.com. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Joe Haering". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan.com. Retrieved 2008-10-24.