Los Angeles Avengers
|Los Angeles Avengers|
Played in Staples Center
in Los Angeles, California
Red, Blue, Gold and White
|Head coach||Ed Hodgkiss|
|League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (1)
|Playoff appearances (5)|
|2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007|
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. 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.
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. Four years later, it was announced that the Los Angeles KISS would join the AFL starting in the 2014 season making them the fourth team to set up shop in the Los Angeles area.
The Avengers' official mascot was a superhero-like character named T.D.
Memorable Avengers' highlights
- 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, Los Angeles 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 bounced off the rebound net and was caught by WR/LB Greg Hopkins, giving the Avengers a 64-63 win.
On Sunday, March 31, 2004, In the championship series taking place at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Ca. #98 John Garcia not only led the team in sacks on this day with 3 also blocked and returned a FG to win the game against the Chicago Enforcers. Final Score 24-26. Quarterback Tony Graziani threw for only 1 Touchdown pass and 3 INT's.
|Head coach||Tenure||Regular season
|Most recent coaching staff||Notes|
|Stan Brock||2000 - 2001||3-14||0-0||Let go after starting 0-3 during 2001.|
|Robert Lyles||2001||5-6||0-0||Replaced Brock, was not
retained after season.
|Ed Hodgkiss||2002 - 2008||57-53||1-5|
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.|
|Los Angeles Avengers roster|
Other league exempt
Rookies in italics
Arena Football Hall of Famers
|Los Angeles Avengers Hall of Famers|
|No.||Name||Year Inducted||Position(s)||Years w/ Avengers|
Retired uniform numbers
|Los Angeles Avengers retired numbers|
The following Avengers players were named to All-Arena Teams:
- QB Tony Graziani (1)
- FB/LB Chad Dukes (1)
- WR/DB Kevin Ingram (3)
- WR/LB Greg Hopkins (2)
- OL/DL Victor Hall (1), Silas DeMary (1)
- DL Silas DeMary (1)
- OS Chris Jackson (1)
- DS Mark Ricks (1)
- K Remy Hamilton (3)
The following Avengers players were named to All-Ironman Teams:
- FB/LB Josh Jeffries (1)
- WR/DB Kevin Ingram (3)
- DB/RB Dave Dawson (1)
- WR/LB Chris Jackson (1), Greg Hopkins (2)
- OL/DL Victor Hall (1), Tony Plantin (1)
The following Avengers players were named to All-Rookie Teams:
- QB Todd Marinovich, Sonny Cumbie
- WR/LB Chris Jackson
- OL/DL Arnold Miller
- DS Damen Wheeler
- K Brian Reaves
- "Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers shut down". April 20, 2009.
- LA Avengers: Kids
- "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Stan Brock". Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Robert Lyles". Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Ed Hodgkiss". Retrieved 2008-10-24.