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CRUSH BIRTH OF AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP “Right after Mr. Kroenke bought the Pepsi Center, the Avalanche and the Nuggets, he was heading to the airport at Centennial and I happened to be in my office when he gave me a call. He asked if he could stop by and see me, and I said, “Sure.”

Legendary quarterback John Elway and Denver Broncos Senior Director of Special Projects, Michael Young, stood before the crowd gathered in the conference room and formally presented their case for bringing an AFL team to Colorado.

“We were talking and he said to me, “You know, at some point in time down the line I’d like to talk to you about bringing an Arena Football team to Colorado.

The formal presentation was a tremendous success. The AFL Board of Directors voted unanimously to grant an expansion team to Colorado under the direction of Pat Bowlen, John Elway and Stan Kroenke. In doing so, the AFL ushered in a new era of team ownership.

“I said, “Let me know and I’d certainly be interested.” “And then, about a few months later, Michael Young called me and said, “Hey, I’ve been looking at the Arena Football League, and I think Mr. Bowlen would be interested in owning an Arena football team. “So, being from Stanford, I put two and two together and said, “What a perfect deal, and I’m in the middle of it!” – John Elway, Chief Executive Officer

The unanimous vote by the AFL Board of Directors sealed the fate of Arena Football in Colorado. It also marked the culmination of nearly two years of research and due diligence. “Not in the history, since I’ve been Commissioner of the Arena Football League for the last five years, has there ever been a team that has spent as much time studying Arena Football and how to be successful at it,” Commissioner Baker said.

CRUSH HISTORY

STEVEN WOLTMANN

On Aug. 18, 2001, the eve of ArenaBowl XV, the Arena Football League convened its Board of Directors for a significant meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. While anticipation ran high for the next day’s nationally televised championship game, the focus quickly turned to the increasingly bright future of the league.

“This is the best ownership group for the city of Denver,” said AFL Commissioner David Baker. “There is not a better group to put together than Pat Bowlen, owner of the Broncos, Stan Kroenke, owner of the Nuggets, Avalanche and Pepsi Center, and John Elway, future Hall of Fame quarterback. It is an honor to have them as part of our Arena Football family.”

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CRUSH HISTORY OF ARENA FOOTBALL IN COLORADO Although the Colorado Crush entered the Arena Football League as an expansion team in the 2003 season, Colorado is by no means a stranger to Arena Football. Rather, Colorado was actually home to one of the AFL’s four inaugural teams in 1987, the Denver Dynamite.

The 1989 Dynamite featured a rookie named Fred Gayles, who caught seven passes for 85 yards and one touchdown on offense and recorded six tackles on defense. “It was fun and it was exciting for me because that was my first year out of college,” said Gayles, who went on to enjoy a stellar playing career that culminated with his 2002 induction into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.

Like every professional sports league in its infancy, the AFL endured early growing pains as it sought to establish itself on the national sports scene. Similarly, during its four years in existence (1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991), the Dynamite experienced the highs and lows of launching a new team in an emerging league. Despite these challenges, it became very clear that Colorado football fans embraced Arena Football.

After the 1989 season, the Dynamite organization underwent a significant change. Prior to the 1990 season, the AFL transferred ownership of the team to a local businessman from Englewood, Colorado.

In 1987, the team competed against the Chicago Bruisers, Pittsburgh Gladiators, and Washington Commandos, each of which was owned and operated by the AFL. The Dynamite played its home games in McNichols Arena. Early on, the Dynamite enjoyed considerable success at the arena turnstiles and, more importantly, on the football field. The team’s home games attracted an average of 12,098 fans, which propelled the team to wins in four of its six games. The Dynamite was led by quarterback Whit Taylor, who threw 21 touchdown passes. Durell Taylor led the team in receptions (26), receiving yards (502), receiving touchdowns (11), and interceptions (2). William Cottman paced the team with 24 tackles on defense, while Rob DeVita recorded six sacks for the Dynamite defense. In addition to these statistical leaders, the Dynamite player roster also included a reserve quarterback named Marty Mornhinweg, who later rose quickly through the National Football League coaching ranks to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions. The team’s 1987 season culminated with a decisive 5235 victory against Chicago that enabled Denver to claim the league’s first-ever championship. Head Coach Tim Marcum, who guided the Dynamite during the team’s inaugural season, was named the league’s 1987 Coach of the Year. Marcum, who is the AFL’s alltime winningest coach, currently coaches the Tampa Bay Storm.

Despite the team’s continued success on the football field and in the stands, the Dynamite’s ownership group ultimately faced financial challenges that forced the unfortunate dissolution of the team. As such, the team’s player contracts were transferred to another team within the upstart AFL, and the Denver Dynamite joined the ranks of memorable but short-lived sports teams. While the fate of the Denver Dynamite mirrored the somewhat turbulent nature of a professional sports league in its early days, the Colorado Crush enters the AFL at a time when the league is stronger than ever. Bolstered by attendance of more than 1,000,000 fans per season, the AFL has grown tremendously in popularity since the Dynamite first competed. Moreover, the league’s partnership with NBC guarantees more than 70 AFL games on network television, second only to the NFL in terms of coverage. To appreciate the strides made by the AFL, especially as they relate to the future of Arena Football in Colorado, it is important to consider the perspective of former Colorado Crush Special Teams Coach Fred Gayles, who only 15 years ago donned the uniform of the Denver Dynamite as a player. According to Gayles, the most telling sign of the AFL’s health and stability is the quality of ownership that the league has attracted. “It makes a big difference when you have a marquee guy like John Elway behind the AFL in Colorado,” said Gayles. “John has done so much in this state and people are excited to see this team. He’s got the backing of Mr. Kroenke and Mr. Bowlen, and that speaks volumes. Now this league is blowing up. It’s like night and day.”

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After not competing in the AFL during the 1988 season, the Dynamite returned to competition in 1989 as one of five teams in the still emerging AFL. Under the direction of Head Coach Vito “Babe” Parilli, who is best known for his role as a backup to NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, the Dynamite posted a 3-1 regular season record and once again advanced to the playoffs. However, the Dynamite lost to Pittsburgh, 39-37.

The team advanced to the playoffs during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, but in both cases, the Dynamite fell short of its quest for another championship. In the 1990 playoffs, Denver lost to the Dallas Texans, 26-25. A year later, the Dynamite was edged out of postseason play by the Tampa Bay Storm, who went on to win ArenaBowl V.


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CRUSH MEMORABLE MOMENTS July 6, 2000:

E. Stanley Kroenke purchases the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Pepsi Center, thus forming Kroenke Sports Enterprises.

August 18, 2001:

John Elway and Michael Young formally present Colorado Arena Football’s bid to the AFL’s Board of Directors for an expansion team.

March 2002:

Colorado Arena Football files the official paperwork to bring the team to Denver.

May 20, 2002:

Michael Macsizewski named director of football operations.

June 19, 2002:

Inception of team announced during press conference in Pepsi Center’s Grand Atrium. Joining Elway and Young on the stage were Don Elliman (then president of Kroenke Sports Enterprises), AFL Commissioner David Baker and NBC Sports president Kenneth Schanzer. Denver Broncos vice president of public relations, Jim Saccomano, served as emcee.

July 2, 2002:

“Colorado Crush” selected as team name based on a “name the team” contest conducted by the Denver Newspaper Agency in conjunction with John Elway AutoNation. More than 9,000 submissions were received.

July 11, 2002:

Bob Beers named first head coach in Crush history.

August 22, 2002:

The team holds its first open tryout camp at headquarters of the Denver Broncos in Englewood, Colo.

October 3, 2002:

The Crush unveils the team logo, uniforms and apparel at Pepsi Center.

October 22, 2002:

WR/LB Joe Douglass becomes the first player in Crush history as the team makes him the first selection in the 2003 AFL Expansion Draft. The only expansion team entering in the 2003 season, the Crush selected 15 players and acquired three others through trades.

October 30, 2002:

QB John Dutton, reigning ArenaBowl MVP with San Jose, becomes the first free agent ever signed by the Crush.

January 5, 2003:

A “Meet the Crush” event is held at Pepsi Center. Approximately 9,000 fans showed up for their first look at the new Crush players in an intra-squad scrimmage and autograph session.

February 2, 2003:

The Crush play the first game in franchise history, vs. the Georgia Force, in front of a sellout crowd of 17,483 at Pepsi Center. Although the Crush jump out to a 13-0 lead, the Force win 44-40.

March 2, 2003:

After a tough 0-4 start, the Crush earn their first victory at Indiana, 38-35, thanks to a 7-yard strike from John Dutton to Charlie Davidson with 49 seconds remaining, followed by an Adrian Lunsford fumble recovery that seals the game.

May 19, 2003:

Bob Beers and his staff are relieved of their duties following a 2-14 season.

June 26, 2003:

Mike Dailey becomes the second head coach in Crush history after his rights were acquired from Indiana in exchange for three players.

February 6, 2004:

The Crush open their second season and earn their first franchise win at Pepsi Center in front of a franchise-record 18,063 fans vs. the Las Vegas Gladiators. Trailing 42-31 late in the fourth quarter, John Dutton hit Damian Harrell for touchdowns twice in the final 12 seconds to lift the Crush to a 43-42 miracle win.

May 30, 2004:

After a 2-14 inaugural campaign, the Crush close out their second season at 11-5, marking the largest turnaround in AFL history, qualifying for the playoffs and finishing tied for the best record in the league.

June 6, 2004:

The fifth-seeded Crush earn their first playoff win in their first playoff game, upending the fourthseeded New Orleans VooDoo, 47-44, on the road in the AFL Quarterfinals.

June 13, 2004:

Playing on the road against top-seeded Arizona in the AFL Semifinals, the Crush fall behind 17-0, take a 41-38 lead late in the game, but fall nine yards short of a trip to ArenaBowl XVIII when John Dutton’s pass is just out of the reach of Kevin McKenzie as time expires. Arizona won and advanced, 45-41.

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CRUSH MEMORABLE MOMENTS April 3, 2005:

Crush Offensive Specialist Damian Harrell catches four touchdown passes against the Las Vegas Gladiators to set a new Arena Football League record with his 42nd consecutive regular season game with a receiving touchdown.

May 15, 2005:

With the combination of the Colorado Crush’s last-second 52-49 win over the Nashville Kats two days earlier coupled with Chicago losing 51-40 to Grand Rapids, the Crush clinch their first Central Division championship and assure their second straight playoff berth.

June 5, 2005:

Crush WR/LB Andy McCullough’s leaping, 22-yard touchdown grab in double coverage 9:44 into overtime sends the Colorado Crush to ArenaBowl XIX via a 49-43 win over the Chicago Rush and clinched the team’s first-ever American Conference championship. The events in the final moments of regulation that set up the overtime bordered on the bizarre. The Crush thought it had the game won when Rashad Floyd intercepted a pass on the last play of regulation. But a flag flew, signaling pass interference against Floyd that nullified the play. As the flag sailed to the turf, so too did a blizzard of confetti, as the worker responsible was not aware of the flag amidst the celebratory ruckus among the 13,719 on hand at Pepsi Center. The game paused as Rush players brushed the confetti aside as if it was snow to give Gispert space with which to attempt a 17-yard field goal, which he nailed to force overtime. Even without the rare suddendeath overtime and the premature dispensing of celebratory paper, the game was one of the most memorable in Arena Football history.

June 8, 2005:

The Arena Football League announces that Crush offensive specialist Damian Harrell was named the League’s 2005 Offensive Player of the Year. Harrell finished the regular season with 1,486 receiving yards on 122 catches with 41 touchdowns. An original member of the Crush, Harrell holds all franchise game, season and career marks for scoring and receiving yards.

June 12, 2005:

Crush kicker Clay Rush drills a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Colorado Crush a 5148 ArenaBowl XIX win over the Georgia Force at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The win gives the Crush its first-ever Arena Football League championship in just its third year of existence and a league-best tying 13-6 final record. Colorado’s Willis Marshall ran for three scores, snared six passes for 111 yards and a score, and added four total tackles as he took away Ironman of the Game and Offensive Player of the Game honors. The 2005 ArenaBowl Champion Colorado Crush host a special Championship Celebration at “The Park,” located west of the Cherry Creek Mall, adjacent to Elway’s Steakhouse. Fans have the opportunity to pose for photographs with the Foster Trophy and show their appreciation to the Crush players and coaches who are in attendance.

December 15, 2005:

Electronic Arts announces that Crush quarterback John Dutton will serve as cover athlete and spokesman for Arena Football™, available in stores on February 7, 2006 under the EA SPORTS™ brand.

January 5, 2006:

The Crush host a Championship Ring Presentation Ceremony at the Colorado Mills Stadium 16 Theatre to present to the players and coaches with their ArenaBowl XIX Championship rings.

April 5, 2006:

The 20 Greatest Moments in AFL history, as chosen by the 20th Season Historical Committee, were revealed and Jim Foster’s inspirational moment at Madison Square Garden in 1981, which led to the creation of the indoor game and the Arena Football League, was voted No. 1. John Elway being approved for ownership tied for sixth on the list.

April 21, 2006:

Offensive specialist Damian Harrell ties the AFL single-season receiving touchdown record of 46 after hauling in his third score of the game vs. the Utah Blaze. He also becomes only the sixth player in AFL history to surpass the 10,000 career receiving yard mark.

April 29, 2006:

By virtue of the Nashville Kats falling to the Grand Rapids Rampage in their Saturday night contest, the Colorado Crush clinched their second straight Central Division title. As Central Division champions, the Crush (9-4) earned a bye in the Wild Card Round of the AFL playoffs and will host a Divisional Round contest at Pepsi Center.

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June 14, 2005:


CRUSH MEMORABLE MOMENTS April 30, 2006:

The Crush welcomed their 500,000th fan to Pepsi Center as the team hosted the Orlando Predators. The achievement comes in just the Crush’s fourth year of existence and at the team’s 33rd home game at Pepsi Center. Colorado becomes the fastest franchise in the 20-year history of the AFL to reach the half million fan mark, besting the Arizona Rattlers, who reached this milestone in 36 games.

May 12, 2006:

With a 59-35 victory over the Arizona Rattler, the Crush finish the regular season with a team besttying 11-5 record and secure the top seed in the American Conference playoffs for the second straight year.

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Defensive specialist Rashad Floyd finishes the season setting a new AFL record with 136.5 tackles. May 17, 2006:

The 20 Greatest Teams in AFL history, as chosen by the 20th Season Historical Committee, were revealed and the 2002 San Jose SaberCats, who had a 13-1 regular-season record and won ArenaBowl XVI, were voted No. 1. The 2005 Colorado Crush, winners of ArenaBowl XIX, tied for 15th on the list.

May 31, 2006:

For the second straight season, Damian Harrell was selected as the AFL’s Offensive Player of the Year. During the 2006 regular season, Harrell set new AFL records for scoring (366 points), receiving touchdowns (60), and total touchdowns (61). He also tied a League mark, held by Albany’s Eddie Brown, by catching at least one touchdown in 65 consecutive regular-season games. Harrell, who passed the 10,000-yard plateau for his career (10,327) this season, had 152 receptions and 1,920 receiving yards, which rank second and third, respectively, among single-season totals in AFL history.

December 19, 2006:

ESPN and the Arena Football League have entered into a five-year agreement that includes extensive multimedia rights and a minimum of 26 televised games per season, beginning in 2007. ESPN has also purchased a minority ownership stake in the AFL as part of the agreement that enhances ESPNs football programming lineup, the most comprehensive in sports television, with year-round football on Monday nights.

February 19, 2007:

For the first time ever, the Arena Football League is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when a historic and interactive exhibit is unveiled.

March 10, 2007:

Colorado Crush head coach Mike Dailey earned his 100th career head coaching victory against the Kansas City Brigade. In the 44-40 home win, Dailey became just the fourth (now fifth) head coach in AFL history to surpass the 100+ victory mark.

April 15, 2007:

Offensive Lineman Kyle Moore-Brown set a career milestone when he played in his 200th consecutive against the New York Dragons on April 15, 2007. Moore-Brown has never missed a game in his 13-year career and currently stands at 210 coming into the 2008 season. He was also named to the league’s All-Arena First Team for the first time in his length career.

June 4, 2007:

Wide Receiver Damien Harrell’s AFL record of 78 games with a TD reception came to an end on June 4, 2007 against Utah. Seventy-five of Harrell’s 78 receptions came in a Crush uniform. He began the streak all the way back in the 12th week of the 2002 season, taking five years to complete. His next closest competitor in that category is Chris Jackson (Georgia) who is still going with 42 games.

June 26, 2007:

The Colorado Crush made their fourth consecutive playoff appearance and advanced to the Divisional Round of the postseason for the third straight year. The team also set a single-season record for interceptions with 20.

June 26, 2007:

Regular-season attendance for the 2007 season sets an all-time high in Week 17 with a total of 1,887,054 fans, breaking the previous record of 1,827,579 set in 2004.

July 17, 2007:

Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton receives the AFL’s Al Lucas Hero Award. The award is given to the player who made the most significant contribution to his community and the game of Arena Football. The award was created in honor of Lucas, the late Los Angeles Avengers lineman, who believed in both giving back to his community and growing the AFL.

October 26, 2007:

The Crush pick up three players in the 2007 Dispersal Draft after trading away their rights to the first overall pick to Cleveland for their first pick in the second round and future considerations. With the seventh pick the Crush chose OL/DL 6-3, 295 pound Aaron McConnell from the Nashville Kats.

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CRUSH ALL-TIME ROSTER List includes only players who spent time on the active roster during the regular season or postseason. No. Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College

GP/GS

Years

Anderson, Maurice Angel, Chris

OLDL DB

6-3 6-0

296 205

Virginia Western Oregon

11/4 13

2005 2007-pres.

Ball, Jason Barno, Dustin Berg, Chris Bowers, Damon Brenner, Anthony Brown, Cyron B’ynote’, Butler

K OL/DL OL/DL WR/LB K OL/DL WR/DB

5-8 6-2 6-2 5-10 5-10 6-5 5-11

192 263 312 195 185 275 200

North Texas East Stroudsburg (PA) Portland State San Jose State East Carolina Western Illinois Ohio State

2/0 49/37 7/1 11/1 16/0 16/15 6/3

2006-pres. 2004-pres. 2006 2003 2004 2003 2003

Carter, Touré Chase, Jeff Coleman, Herb Cooper, Andre

WR/DB OL/DL OL/DL WR/LB

5-10 6-4 6-4 6-3

183 290 305 215

Ashland (OH) Univ. Texas A&M-Kingsville Trinity (IL) College Florida State

10/2 10/2 4/0 11/2

2004-2006 2003 2003-2004 2003

Davidson, Charlie Davis, Jose Derricks, Anthony Dorsey, Quinn Douglass, Joe Downey, Patrick Dozier, Joey Dukes, Chad Dunn, Anthony Dutton, John

WR/DB QB DS DL WR/LB OL/DL FB/LB FB/LB FB/LB QB

5-11 6-0 6-0 6-4 5-11 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-3 6-4

195 208 185 269 185 320 240 255 257 225

Mississippi State Kent State Mississippi State Oregon Montana New Hampshire New Mexico State Pittsburgh Northern Colorado Nevada

16/16 11/0 7/2 9 15/15 4/4 12/9 11/4 17/6 67/65

2003 2004-2005 2003 2007 2003 2004 2003 2004-2005 2006-2007 2003-pres.

Floyd, Rashad

DS

5-10

180

Portland State

51/51

2004-pres.

Green, Javon Greer, Dan Grier, Marrio Groshelle, Geoff

WR/LB OL/DL FB/LB K

6-2 6-1 5-11 6-0

205 275 242 195

Colorado Arizona Tennessee-Chattanooga Montana State

2/0 8/1 10/6 12/0

2003 2003 2003 2003

Hamilton, Aaron Hammel, Todd Harmon, Jason Harrell, Damian Hawkins, Ahmad Heimburger, Craig Heppner, Kris

OL/DL QB DB OS DS,WR/DB OL/DL K

6-5 6-2 6-0 6-3 5-10 6-3 5-11

280 225 204 200 188 325 200

Tarleton State Stephen F. Austin Michigan State Florida State Virginia Missouri Montana

14/8 13/0 12 66/66 68/56 8/6 4/0

2003 2006 2007-pres. 2003-2007 2003-2007 2006-2007 2003

A 99 28

B 10 90 55 12 13 73 25

C 11 69 63 18

D 5 5 6 30 2 51 43 32 43 8

F 4

G 20 66 36 11

H

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60 5 25 1 9 75 6

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CRUSH ALL-TIME ROSTER No. 28 66 13 91 52

Name Hlavacek, Evan Hollenbeck, Joey Hughley, Delvin Hunter, Hugh Huyser, Brett

Pos. WR/DB OL DS OL/DL OL

Ht. 5-11 6-4 5-11 6-2 6-4

Wt. 187 320 215 265 310

College San Diego Washington State Jacksonville State Hampton (VA) Air Force

GP/GS 3/0 11 49/48 47/46 6

Years 2006 2007-pres. 2003, 2005-pres. 2004-2006 2007-pres.

Janek, Chris Johnson, Aaron

OL/DL OL/DL

6-4 6-5

295 315

Wisconsin Ball State

16/15 22/18

2003 2004-2007

Klein, Donny Kirsch, Brandon

OL/DL QB

6-1 6-2

296 213

Temple Purdue

31/15 16/0

2004-2005 2007-pres.

Levy, Darcy Lewis, Jeff Lunsford, Adrian

WR/LB QB DS

6-2 6-2 5-10

200 211 180

Pittsburgh Northern Arizona Iowa Wesleyan

2/0 2/2 10/9

2005 2003 2003

Marshall, Willis Massey, Joe McCullough, Andy McKenzie, Kevin Missouri, Dwayne Moore, Otis Moore-Brown, Kyle

WR/DB DL WR/LB WR/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL

5-9 6-2 6-4 5-11 6-5 6-4 6-4

194 279 226 193 280 270 310

Youngstown State Bucknell Tennessee Washington State Northwestern Clemson Kansas

51/44 2 36/21 35/34 7/3 5/1 52/52

2004-2007 2007 2005-2007 2004-2005 2003 2003 2004-pres.

Nix, Alonzo

WR

6-1

190

Tenn-Chattanooga

8

2007

Patu, Saul Peaua, John Pickens, Derrick Pesavento, Bobby Peterson, Kamau Polinder, Chris Pyatt, Brad

FB/LB FB/LB OL/DL QB WR/DB OL/DL WR

6-3 6-2 6-1 6-5 6-0 6-2 5-11

260 265 280 225 181 300 187

Oregon Nevada Iowa Colorado New Hampshire Eastern Washington Northern Colorado

65/45 43/38 2/0 4/1 2/1 14/6 16/0

2003-pres. 2004-pres. 2005 2003 2004 2003 2007-pres.

Quinnie, Willie

WR

6-2

176

UAB

12

2007-pres.

5-10 5-11 5-10 6-3 6-3

195 294 187 220 270

Bowling Green Kansas State Western Michigan Missouri Western Ball State

14/6 7/2 3/3 34/0 13/10

2004, 2007 2005 2004 2005-2006 2004

J 54 92

K 77 5

L 18 10 3

M 22 41 81 6 77 69 96

N 9

P 48 33 92 4 2 70 6

Q 80

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R 10 93 2 3 40

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Redd, Robert WR/DB Reese, Tank OL/DL Rogers, Ron WR/LB Rush, Clay K Rusununguko, Sunungura FB/LB


CRUSH ALL-TIME ROSTER No. Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College

GP/GS

Years

DS OL/DL FB/LB OL/DL WR/DB

5-11 6-3 5-11 6-2 5-11

215 287 250 255 195

North Carolina State Mississippi College Nichols State Penn State Virginia

9/1 43/17 1/0 2/0 12/8

2004, 2007 2003-2005 2003 2006-pres. 2004

Thomas, Robert

FB/LB

6-1

252

Henderson State

14

2007-pres.

Walker, Jabir Watton, Chris Whitson, Tyshaun Williams, Seante Woods, Thal

WR/DB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB

5-11 6-3 6-6 6-6 5-9

185 291 293 255 173

Murray State Baylor Baylor Jacksonville State Colorado State

3/0 32/23 1/0 2/1 4/0

2005 2005-pres. 2004 2006 2003-2005

Young, Rich

FB/LB

6-3

255

Tulsa

31/30

2004-2006

S 27 Scott, Tony 54/97 Shaw, Bryant 45 Small, Darnell 54 Snyder, Chris 3 Stukes, Dwayne

T 44

W 27 67 78 94 21

Y 42

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CRUSH ALL-TIME ROSTER BY NUMBER List includes only players who spent time on the active roster during the regular season or postseason. Most recent to wear # listed first. Players who wore multiple numbers: Delvin Hughley, DS- #2, 13 Bryant Shaw, OL/DL- #53, 97

#1 Damian Harrell, OS (2003-2007), Florida State

#10 Jason Ball, Kicker (2006-2007), North Texas Robert Redd, WR/DB (2004), Bowling Green Jeff Lewis, QB (2003), Northern Arizona

#11 Touré Carter, WR/DB (2004-2006), Ashland (OH) Univ. Geoff Groshelle, K (2003), Montana State

#2 Delvin Hughley, DS (2005-pres.), Jacksonville State (Ala.) Kamau Peterson, WR/DB (2004), New Hampshire Ron Rogers, WR/LB (2004), Western Michigan Joe Douglass, WR/LB (2003), Montana

#3 Clay Rush, K, (2005-2006), Missouri Western

#13 Anthony Brenner, K (2004), East Carolina Delvin Hughley, DS (2003), Jacksonville State

#18

Dwayne Stukes, WR/DB (2004), Virginia

Darcey Levy, WR/LB (2005), Pittsburgh

Adrian Lunsford, DS (2003), Iowa Wesleyan

Andre Cooper, WR/LB (2003), Florida State

#4 Rashad Floyd, DS (2004-pres.), Portland State Bobby Pesavento, QB (2003), Colorado

#5 Brandon Kirsch QB (2007-pres.), Purdue Todd Hammel, QB (2006), Stephen F. Austin Charlie Davidson, WR/DB (2003), Mississippi State

#6

#20 Javon Green, WR/LB (2003), Colorado

#21 Thal Woods, WR/DB (2003-2005), Colorado State

#22 Willis Marshall, WR/DB (2004-2007), Youngstown State

#25

Brad Pyatt, WR (2007-pres.), Northern Colorado

Jason Harmon, DB (2007-pres.), Michigan State

Kevin McKenzie, WR/LB (2004-2005), Washington State

Butler B’ynote’, WR/DB (2003), Ohio State

Anthony Derricks, DS (2003), Mississippi State Kris Heppner, K (2003), Montana

#8 John Dutton, QB (2003-pres.), Nevada

#9 Alonzo Nix, WR (2007), Tenn-Chattanooga CRUSH HISTORY

#12 Damon Bowers, WR/LB (2003), San Jose State

Ahmad Hawkins, WR/DB (2003-pres.), Virginia

#27 Tony Scott, DS (2004, 2006-2007), North Carolina State

#28 Chris Angel, DB (2007-pres.), Western Oregon Evan Hlavacek, WR/DB (2006), San Diego

#30 Quinn Dorsey, DL (2007), Oregon

#32 Chad Dukes, FB/LB (2004-2005), Pittsburgh

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CRUSH ALL-TIME ROSTER BY NUMBER #33 John Peaua, FB/LB (2004-pres.), Nevada

#36 Marrio Grier, FB/LB (2003), Tennessee-Chattanooga

#40 Sunungura Rusununguko, FB/LB (2004-2005), Ball State

#42 Rich Young, FB/LB (2004-2006), Tulsa

#43 Anthony Dunn, FB/LB (2006-2007), Northern Colorado Joey Dozier, FB/LB (2003), New Mexico State

#44 Robert Thomas, FB/LB (2007-pres.), Henderson State

#45 Darnell Small, FB/LB (2003), Nichols State

#48 Saul Patu, FB/LB (2003-pres.), Oregon

#51 Patrick Downey, OL/DL (2004), New Hampshire

#52 Brett Huyser, OL (2007-pres.), Air Force

#53 Bryant Shaw, OL/DL (2003), Mississippi College

#54 Chris Snyder, OL/DL (2006-pres.), Penn State Chris Janek, OL/DL (2003), Wisconsin

#55 Chris Berg, OL/DL (2006), Portland State

#60 Aaron Hamilton, OL/DL (2003), Tarleton State

#63 #66 Joey Hollenbeck, OL (2007-pres.), Washington State Dan Greer, OL/DL (2003), Arizona

#69 Jeff Chase, OL/DL (2003), Texas A&M-Kingsville Otis Moore, OL/DL (2003), Clemson

#70 Chris Polinder, OL/DL (2003), Eastern Washington

#73 Cyron Brown, OL/DL (2003), Western Illinois

#75 Craig Heimburger, OL/DL (2006-2007), Missouri

#77 Donny Klein, OL/DL (2004-2005), Temple Dwayne Missouri, OL/DL (2003), Northwestern

#78 Tyshaun Whitson, OL/DL (2004), Baylor

#80 Willie Quinnie, WR (2007-pres.), Alabama-Birmingham

#81 Andy McCullough, WR/LB (2005-2007), Tennessee

#90 Dustin Barno, OL/DL (2004-pres), East Stroudsburg (PA)

#91 Hugh Hunter, OL/DL, (2004-2006), Hampton (VA)

#92 Aaron Johnson, OL/DL (2004, 2006-2007), Ball State Derrick Pickens, OL/DL (2005), Iowa

#93 Tank Reese, OL/DL (2005), Kansas State

#96 Kyle Moore-Brown, OL/DL (2004-pres.), Kansas

#97 Bryant Shaw, OL/DL (2004-2005), Mississippi College

#99 Maurice Anderson, OL/DL (2005), Virginia 131

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Herb Coleman, OL/DL (2003-04), Trinity (IL) College

#67 Chris Watton, OL/DL (2005-pres.), Baylor


CRUSH ALL-TIME INDIVIDUAL HONORS AFL YEAR-END AWARD WINNERS: Offensive Player of the Year: 2005 Damian Harrell, OS 2006

Damian Harrell, OS

April

Rashad Floyd, DS

2007

April

Rashad Floyd, DS

AFL WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS:

All-Arena Team: 2004 Second Team

Rashad Floyd, DS

Offensive Player of the Week: 2006 Week 1 John Dutton, QB (vs. Chicago, 1/29/06)

2004

Second Team

Damian Harrell, OS

2006

Week 12

2005

First Team

Damian Harrell, OS

Damian Harrell, OS (at Kansas City, 4/16/06)

2005

Second Team

Clay Rush, K

2006

Week 14

2005

Second Team

Rich Young, FB/LB

Damian Harrell, OS (vs. Orlando, 4/28/06)

2006

First Team

Damian Harrell, OS

2006

Second Team

Rashad Floyd, OS

2006

Second Team

Clay Rush, K

2007

First Team

Kyle Moore-Brown

2007

Second Team

Rashad Floyd

2007

Second Team

Damien Harrell

Defensive Player of the Week: 2003 Week 5 Adrian Lunsford, DS (@ Indiana, 3/2/03) 2004

Week 8

Rashad Floyd, DS (vs. Arizona, 3/27/04)

2004

Quarterfinals

Ahmad Hawkins, DS (@ New Orleans, 6/6/04)

All-Ironman Team: 2004 Kevin McKenzie, WR/LB

2005

Week 5

Rashad Floyd, DS (vs. Los Angeles, 2/27/05)

2005

Willis Marshall, WR/DB

2005

Week 10

2005

Rich Young, FB/LB

Ahmad Hawkins, WR/DB (vs. Las Vegas, 4/3/05)

2005

KyleMoore-Brown, OL/DL

2006

Week 10

Rashad Floyd, DS (vs. Nashville, 4/1/06)

2006

Hugh Hunter, OL/DL

2006

Week 11

2006

Willis Marshall, WR/LB

Rashad Floyd, DS (at Grand Rapids, 4/8/06)

2006

Kyle Moore-Brown, OL/DL

2007

Week 7

2007

Chris Synder, OL/DL

Chris Angel, DS (at New York, 4/15/07)

2007

Robert Thomas FB/LB

2007

Week 8

Rashad Floyd, DS (vs. Las Vegas, 4/20/07)

All-Rookie Team: 2006 Anthony Dunn, FB/LB Executive of the Year: 2003 John Elway

Ironman of the Week: 2003 Week 12 Charlie Davidson, WR/D (@ Tampa Bay, 4/20/03) 2004

Week 2

Founder’s Award: 2005 John Elway

Kevin McKenzie, WR/LB (@ Gr. Rapids, 2/14/04)

2004

Week 10

Commissioner’s Award (best run franchise): 2003 Colorado Crush

Kevin McKenzie, WR/LB (@ Los Angeles, 4/10/04)

2004

Week 17

Willis Marshall, WR/DB (vs. Chicago, 5/30/04)

2007

Week 3

Robert Thomas, FB/LB (vs. Arizona, 3/16/07)

2007

Week 5

Robert Thomas, FB/LB (vs. Nashville, 4/1/07)

AFL MONTHLY AWARD WINNERS: Offensive Player of the Month: 2003 February Damian Harrell, OS CRUSH HISTORY

2006

2006

April

Damian Harrell, OS

Defensive Player of the Month: 2004 March Rashad Floyd, DS 2005 132

February

Rashad Floyd, DS

(Italics indicate playoff game)


CRUSH ALL-TIME COACHES AND COACHING RECORDS YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORDS REGULAR SEASON Year

Coach

2003

PLAYOFFS

OVERALL

Won

Lost

Pct.

Won

Lost

Pct.

Won

Lost

Pct.

Bob Beers

2

14

.125

-

-

-

2

14

.125

2004

Mike Dailey

11

5

.688

1

1

.500

12

6

.667

2005

Mike Dailey

10

6

.625

3

0

1.000

13

6

.684

2006

Mike Dailey

11

5

.688

0

1

.000

11

6

.647

2007

Mike Dailey

8

8

.500

1

1

.500

9

9

.500

Pct.

Won

ALL-TIME COACHING RECORDS REGULAR SEASON Coach

Won

Lost

Pct.

PLAYOFFS Won

Lost

OVERALL Lost

Pct.

Bob Beers (2003)

2

14

.125

-

-

-

2

14

.125

Mike Dailey (2004-pres.)

40

24

.625

5

3

.625

45

27

.625

ALL-TIME COACHES ROSTER Coach

Total Years

Years of Service

Position

Bob Beers

1

2003

Head Coach

Bobby Beers

1

2003

Wide Receiver/Defensive Backs

Chris Boden

2

2007-present

Offensive Coordinator

Grant Cain

1

2005

Coaching Assistant

Mike Dailey

5

2004-present

Head Coach

Tony Federico

6

2003-present

Strength & Conditioning

Matt Gardner

5

2004-present

Assistant Coach

Devin Gates

1

2006

Coaching Assistant

Fred Gayles

1

2003

Special Teams

Lee Johnson

1

2003

Defensive Coordinator

3

2004-2006

Special Teams

Keith Kartz

1

2003

Offensive/Defensive Lineman

Brian Partlow

3

2004-2006

Offensive Coordinator

Mike Perez

1

2003

Quarterbacks

Ernesto Purnsley

5

2004-present

Defensive Coordinator

Scot Ruggles

1

2004

Wide Receivers

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CRUSH ALL-TIME SITUATIONAL STATS CRUSH BY THE NUMBERS Overall

Home

Road

42-38

24-16

18-22

1-3

1-3

0-0

Score first

25-16

16-7

Opponent scores first

17-22

Score 40+ points

Home

Road

More total yds of offense 21-20

8-8

13-12

Less total yds of offense

21-18

16-8

5-10

9-9

Lead time of possession

18-17

7-6

11-11

8-9

9-13

Trail time of possession

25-20

18-9

7-11

40-29

23-14

17-15

On Thursdays

1-1

1-0

0-1

2-8

1-0

1-8

On Fridays

11-5

7-3

4-2

Allow 40+ points

32-37

20-16

12-21

On Saturdays

9-9

4-2

5-7

Allow less than 40 points

10-1

4-0

6-1

On Sundays

21-18

10-9

11-9

On Mondays

0-4

0-2

0-2

In January

1-1

1-0

0-1

Overall Record Overtime Games

Score less than 40 points

In games decided by 10+ points

18-22

14-8

4-14

In games decided by 7 points or less

19-11

9-7

10-4

In games decided by 3 points or less

Overall

In February

9-7

5-4

4-3

In March

11-9

6-3

5-6

8-8

6-4

5-6

In April

13-10

7-5

6-5

Lead at halftime

28-9

16-5

12-4

In May

8-8

5-2

3-6

Trail at halftime

10-25

5-9

5-16

In June

0-3

0-2

0-1

28-27

18-11

10-16

Are tied at halftime

4-4

3-2

1-2

vs. American Conference

Lead after 3rd quarter

35-6

20-4

15-2

vs. Central Division

18-14

10-6

8-8

Trail after 3rd quarter

3-31

1-11

2-20

vs. Western Division

10-13

8-5

2-8

Are tied after 3rd quarter

4-1

3-1

1-0

vs. National Conference

14-11

6-5

8-6

8-8

4-3

4-5

6-3

2-2

4-1

36-2

15-1

11-1

Negative turnover margin

6-29

2-12

4-17

vs. Southern Division

Even turnover margin

10-5

7-1

3-4

CRUSH HISTORY

Positive turnover margin

vs. Eastern Division

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CRUSH ALL-TIME RECORDS VS. AFL & ALL-TIME HOME/ROAD RECORDS ALL-TIME RECORDS VS. AFL REGULAR SEASON Opponent Arizona Rattlers Austin Wranglers Carolina Cobras Chicago Rush Buffalo Destroyers Columbus Destroyers Total (Destroyers) – left off Dallas Desperados Detroit Fury Georgia Force Grand Rapids Rampage Indiana Firebirds Kansas City Brigade Las Vegas Gladiators Los Angeles Avengers Nashville Kats New Orleans VooDoo New York Dragons Orlando Predators Philadelphia Soul San Jose SaberCats Tampa Bay Storm Utah Blaze TOTAL

Home 3-1 1-0 never met 2-3 never met 2-1 1-0 0-0 1-1 0-1 3-2 0-1 1-0 4-0 1-1 3-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-0 0-1 24-16

Home 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 2-1

Road 1-1 0-0

Overall 4-2 1-0

Pct. .666 1.000

Stk W5 W1

1-3

3-6

.333

L2

0-0 0-0 1-1 1-0 1-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 0-1 1-2 2-1 1-0 0-3 0-1 2-1 0-4 1-0 0-1 18-22

2-1 1-0 1-1 2-1 1-1 5-4 1-2 3-0 4-1 2-3 5-1 1-0 0-3 1-2 4-1 0-6 1-0 0-2 42-38

.666 1.000 .500 .667 .500 .555 .333 1.000 .800 .400 .833 1.000 .000 .333 .800 .000 1.000 .000 .525

W1 W1 W1 W2 W1 L2 L2 W3 W4 L1 W3 W1 L3 W1 L1 L6 W1 L2 L1

Road 0-1 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 3-2

Overall 0-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 5-3

Pct. .000 .500 1.000 1.000 1.000 .500 0.625

Stk L1 L1 W1 W1 W1 L1 L1

PLAYOFFS Opponent Arizona Rattlers Chicago Rush Georgia Force Kansas City Brigade New Orleans VooDoo San Jose SaberCats TOTAL

ALL-TIME HOME/ROAD RECORDS POSTSEASON Home Road Overall ----1-1 1-1 2-0 1-0 3-0 0-1 -0-1 -1-1 1-1 2-1 (.667) 3-2 (.600) 5-3 (.625)

CRUSH HISTORY

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 TOTAL

REGULAR SEASON Home Road Overall 0-8 2-6 2-14 7-1 4-4 11-5 6-2 4-4 10-6 6-2 5-3 11-5 5-3 3-5 8-8 24-16 (.600) 18-22 (.450) 42-38 (.525)

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CRUSH OPENERS HISTORY SEASON OPENERS Date

Opponent

Final

W/L

Attendance

Feb 2, 2003

vs. Georgia Force

40-44

L

17,483*^

0-1

Feb 6, 2004

vs. Las Vegas Gladiators

43-42

W

18,063

1-1

Jan 30, 2005

at Orlando Predators

36-39

L

12,370

0-1

Jan 29, 2006

vs. Chicago Rush

65-56

W

14,832

1-0

Mar. 4, 2007

vs. Grand Rapids Rampage

42-44

L

14,950

0-1

2-3

15,539(avg.)

OVERALL

Record

* Sellout ^ First game in franchise history

HOME OPENERS Date

Opponent

Final

W/L

Attendance

Feb 2, 2003

vs. Georgia Force

40-44

L

17,483*^

0-1

Feb 6, 2004

vs. Las Vegas Gladiators

43-42

W

18,063*

1-1

Feb 5, 2005

vs. Grand Rapids Rampage

72-56

W

15,043

1-1

Jan 29, 2006

vs. Chicago Rush

65-56

W

14,832

1-0

Mar 4, 2007

vs. Grand Rapids Rampage

42-22

L

14,950

0-1

2-3

16,074(avg.)

OVERALL

Record

* Sellout ^ First game in franchise history

ROAD OPENERS Date

Opponent

Final

W/L

Attendance

Feb 22, 2003

at San Jose Sabercats

40-80

L

15,604

Record 0-1

Feb 14, 2004

at Grand Rapids Rampage

55-37

W

9,288

1-1

Jan 30, 2005

at Orlando Predators

36-39

L

12,370

0-1

Feb. 5, 2006

at Georgia Force

61-59

W

10,431

2-0

Mar 22, 2007

at Philadelphia Soul

47-71

L

14,721

2-1

2-3

12,482

CRUSH HISTORY

OVERALL

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CRUSH OVERTIME HISTORY OVERTIME RECORD Date

Opponent

Final

W/L

Attendance

Record

Feb. 16, 2003

vs. Los Angeles Avengers

53-59

L

17,417

May 4, 2003

vs. Orlando Predators

42-48

L

17,417

0-1 0-2

Apr. 3, 2004

vs. Indiana Firebirds

42-45

L

12,238

0-3

June 5, 2005

vs. Chicago Rush

49-43

W

13,719

1-3

YEAR-BY-YEAR OVERTIME GAMES Year

Home

Rroad

Total

PCT.

2003

0-2

0-0

0-2

.000

2004

0-1

0-0

0-1

.000

2005

1-0

0-0

1-0

1.000

Total

1-3

0-0

1-3

.250

OVERTIME SUMMARY Opponent

Date

Site

End of Reg. Score (COL-OPP)

Final Score (COL-OPP)

W/L

CHICAGO

6/5/05

Denver

43-43

49-43

W

INDIANA (0-1)

4/3/04

Denver

42-42

42-45

L

LOS ANGELES (0-1)

2/16/03

Denver

53-53

53-59

L

ORLANDO (0-1)

5/4/03

Denver

42-42

42-48

L

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CRUSH FRANCHISE FIRSTS First Player: Joe Douglass, WR/LB, Selected first overall in 2003 Expansion Draft (10/22/02) First Free-Agent Signee: John Dutton, QB, from San Jose (11/2/02) First Game: vs. Georgia, at Pepsi Center, 2/2/03 First Win: 38-35 @ Indiana, 3/2/03 First Road Win: 38-35 @ Indiana, 3/2/03 First Home Win: 43-42 vs. Las Vegas, 2/6/04 First Overtime Game: vs. Los Angeles, 2/16/04 (LA won 59-53) First Playoff Game: @ New Orleans, 6/6/04 (Crush won 47-44) First Coin Toss: Georgia calls heads, coin lands on tails; Crush elect to defer First Offensive Play: John Dutton 14-yd TD pass to Damian Harrell (vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First Lead: Crush 6 vs. Georgia 0, 13:03 in 1st Qtr (2/2/03) First 1st Down: John Dutton 14-yd TD pass to Damian Harrell on 1st & 10, (1st Qtr vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First 3rd Down Conversion: John Dutton 21-yd pass to Damian Harrell on 3rd & 10 (4th Qtr vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First 4th Down Conversion: John Dutton 10-yd pass to Joe Douglass on 4th & 3 (3rd Qtr @ Indiana, 3/2/03) First Rush: Joey Dozier, -1 yd (2nd Qtr vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First Pass Completion: John Dutton 14-yd TD pass to Damian Harrell (vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First Touchdown: Damian Harrell 14 yd. pass from John Dutton, 13:03 1st quarter (vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First Field Goal: Kris Heppner, 30 yds, 9:12 3rd Qtr (vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First Two-Point Conversion: Damian Harrell pass from John Dutton (vs. Grand Rapids, 2/7/03) First Tackle: Delvin Hughley (vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First Sack: Marrio Grier (vs. Grand Rapids, 2/7/03) First Interception: Andre Cooper intercepts Donnie Davis pass (vs. Georgia, 2/2/03) First Fumble Recovery: Andre Cooper (vs. Los Angeles, OT, 2/16/03) First Kickoff Return: Joe Douglass, 16 yds (2nd Qtr vs. Georgia, 2/2/03)

CRUSH HISTORY

First MFG Return: Joe Douglass, 25 yds (1st Qtr vs. Grand Rapids, 2/7/03)

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