Orlando Rage

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Orlando Rage
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Founded 2001
Folded 2001
League XFL
Division Eastern
Team history Orlando Rage (2001)
Based in Orlando, Florida
Arena Florida Citrus Bowl
Colors Red, Navy, Gold, White [1]
Head coach Galen Hall
General manager Tom Veit
Championships 0
Division titles 1 (2001)
Playoff berths 1 (2001)

The Orlando Rage was an American football team based in Orlando, Florida as part of the XFL begun by Vince McMahon of the World Wrestling Federation and by NBC, a major television network in the United States.


The team's colors were scarlet, yellow, navy blue and white with jersey numbers in a unique jagged font. They played their home games at Orlando's Florida Citrus Bowl, which was configured so that the upper deck was closed off and all fans were seated in the lower bowl to give a better appearance for television (a move that was effective, as the Rage had one of the stronger fan bases in the league, with average attendance at over two-thirds of the lower bowl's capacity; the team sold out all 38,000 lower bowl seats for its home opener). The team's General Manager was Tom Veit a former Major League Soccer Vice President and were coached by former Florida Gators head coach Galen Hall. They were in the XFL's Eastern Division with the NY/NJ Hitmen, Chicago Enforcers and Birmingham Thunderbolts.

Jeff Brohm was the quarterback of the Rage for most of the regular season, amassing a 6–0 record as starter during his first time at the helm. The team looked to be the league's powerhouse franchise under Brohm and was on pace for a perfect season (coincidentally, Orlando's next professional football team, the Florida Tuskers, would also win their first six games in a row before losing the seventh). He showed his toughness after he suffered an injury from a devastating hit by at the hands of Memphis Maniax defensive end Shante Carver in Week 5. Brohm came back a week later against Las Vegas, but the following week he suffered a shoulder injury against the Los Angeles Xtreme and his season (and playing career) was done for good. It led to him being replaced by Brian Kuklick after six games. While Kuklick filled in the role of quarterback acceptably, the team lost a valuable leader on offense. The team went 2–2 in Kuklick's care; Kuklick, despite only starting four games, led the league in interceptions with 10.

The team finished their only regular season with an 8–2 record, the best in the league, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the 5–5 San Francisco Demons. Orlando had an early 16–0 advantage but allowed San Francisco to pull ahead and take a 26–16 lead by the fourth quarter. Using the XFL's newly introduced three-point conversion rule on a subsequent touchdown, the Rage got within one point but the Demons successfully ran out the clock and won 26–25. San Francisco would go on to lose the XFL Championship Game versus Los Angeles 38–6. Many in the league were disappointed, hoping for a match-up against the two division champions. NBC dropped the XFL after the first season (2001) due to dismal ratings, and the league folded soon afterward.


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2001 8 2 0 1st Eastern Lost Semifinals (San Francisco)
Totals 8 3 0 (including playoffs)
  • Saturday February 3, 2001 W Chicago Enforcers 29 at Orlando Rage 33
  • Saturday February 10, 2001 W San Francisco Demons 14 at Orlando Rage 26
  • Sunday February 18, 2001 W Orlando Rage 18 at New York/New Jersey Hitmen 12
  • Saturday February 24, 2001 W Birmingham Thunderbolts 6 at Orlando Rage 30
  • Sunday March 4, 2001 W Orlando Rage 21 at Memphis Maniax 19
  • Saturday March 10, 2001 W Las Vegas Outlaws 15 at Orlando Rage 27
  • Sunday March 18, 2001 L Orlando Rage 6 at Los Angeles Xtreme 31
  • Sunday March 25, 2001 W New York/New Jersey Hitmen 12 at Orlando Rage 17
  • Saturday March 31, 2001 W Orlando Rage 29 at Birmingham Thunderbolts 24
  • Sunday April 8, 2001 L Orlando Rage 6 at Chicago Enforcers 23
  • Saturday April 14, 2001 L San Francisco Demons 26 at Orlando Rage 25 (Semi-Final)



2001 Orlando Rage staff
Front office
  • Vice President/General Manager – Tom Veit
  • Director of Player Personnel – Will McClay

Head coaches

  • Head Coach/Director of Football Operations – Galen Hall

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Mike Kelly
  • Wide Receivers – Mike Jones
  • Tight Ends – Les Moss
  • Offensive Line – Whitey Jordan
  • Quality Control/Offense – Matt Moore
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Charlie Bailey
  • Defensive Line – Mickey Mays
  • Secondary – Steve Carson
  • Quality Control/Defense – Tom Silvanic

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Andy Cox



2001 Orlando Rage final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

  • 85 Lawrence Hart
Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
37 Active, 1 Inactive, 8 Practice squad


Eastern Division
Orlando Rage 8 2 0 .800 207 162 L1
Chicago Enforcers 5 5 0 .500 163 178 W1
New York/New Jersey Hitmen 4 6 0 .400 110 145 W1
Birmingham Thunderbolts 2 8 0 .200 131 217 L7


Statistical leaders[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]


Season Coach Award
2001 Galen Hall Coach of the Year [4]


Season Player Position Honor
2001 Jeff Brohm Quarterback All-XFL team [5]
James Burgess Linebacker
Jason Gamble Guard


  1. ^ "Team Colors – XFL". SSUR.org. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ 2001 Orlando Rage Media Guide. XFL. pp. 4–12. 
  3. ^ "XFL Standings". USA Today. May 12, 2001. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Orlando's Hall Picked As Coach Of The Year". Orlando Sentinel. April 20, 2001. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "3 Rage Players Named To All-XFL Team". Orlando Sentinel. April 28, 2001. Retrieved February 18, 2011.