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Los Angeles Avengers

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Los Angeles Avengers
Leauge Arena Football Leauge (AFL)
Conference Western
Founded 2000
Folded 2009
Arena Staples Center
City Los Angeles, California
Team Colors Dark Royal Blue, Red, Golden Yellow, White
Division titles 1 (2005)
ArenaBowl titles None

The Los Angeles Avengers were an Arena Football League team based in Los Angeles, California from 2000 through 2008. They folded on April 19, 2009.[1]


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, and the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. 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.

The Avengers franchise was owned by Casey Wasserman, grandson of the late MCA head Lew Wasserman.

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: "The LA Avengers has terminated its participation in the Arena Football League." The Los Angeles Avengers could possibly be returning in 2012 in the new Arena Football League along with Columbus, New York, Grand Rapids, & Colorado.

The Avengers official mascot was a superhero-like character named TD.[2]

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, L.A. 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 flinged off the rebound net and was caught by WR/LB Greg Hopkins, giving the Avengers a 64-63 win. On the Arena Football League's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown, this is at #19. Greg Hopkins would later coach special teams for the Avengers where he forced his players to do push-ups if they do not know the answers to his questions.[3]

Season By Season[]

Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
2000 AFL American Western 4th 3 11
2001 AFL American Western 3rd 5 9
2002 AFL American Western 3rd 8 6 Lost Wild Card Round (Tampa Bay) 66–41
2003 AFL American Western 2nd 11 5 Lost Quarterfinals (Arizona) 70–63
2004 AFL American Western 3rd 9 7 Lost Quarterfinals (Arizona) 59–42
2005 AFL American Western 1st 10 6 Lost Conference Semifinals (Chicago) 52–45
2006 AFL American Western 5th 5 11
2007 AFL American Western 2nd 9 7 Won Wild Card Round (Utah) 59–42
Lost Divisional Round (Chicago) 52–20
2008 AFL American Western 4th 5 11
Total 65 73 (includes only regular season)
1 5 (includes only the postseason)
66 78 (includes both regular season and postseason)