John Avery was the teams starting running back.
The XFL's Chicago Enforcers are number one on this list because they are the most successful team on this list. The XFL was the brainchild of one Vincent Kennedy McMahon, the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment.
And because the WWE poured the majority of the money into that league, the possibilities seemed endless. National television broadcasts every week, local radio coverage, home games at Soldier Field. The Enforcers featured many players who played high school and/or college ball in the Chicagoland area.
Players such as Kevin McDougal and LeShon Johnson, who have Chicago-area roots, were some of the stars on this team. The Enforcers, like most historical Chicago teams, started the season on the losing end but rallied later on to make the playoffs.
I always felt that the Enforcers were a great alternative to the Bears. Plus, the Enforcers began their season two months before the Chicago Rush began their debut season. The thought of three football teams in Chicago was music to my ears.
I thought that the Enforcers could win a championship or two because they had the coaching and the talent. One of my life's regrets is that I never got to attend an Enforcers game. I was in college during the existence of the XFL.
But like all other teams in the XFL, the Enforcers were not taken seriously. Because of the backing from World Wrestling Entertainment, and because of some of the league's rules which seemed to be inspired by the WWE, the XFL was never taken seriously.
After strong TV ratings during the first two weeks, ratings would decline for the remainder of the season. Plus, the league never got the respect it deserved from other media outlets. ESPN and Fox Sports Net refused to air XFL highlights on their programming.
Local television and radio stations didn't bother to cover the teams. And most newspapers would only give a brief box score mention and nothing more.
While the XFL seemed like a great idea in theory, it's association with pro wrestling did the league more harm than good. But I can say this, the Enforcers had one of the strongest fan bases in the short lived XFL.