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Orlando Thunder
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Current team status: Defunct
Based in Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Stadium/Home field Florida Citrus Bowl
League WLAF / NFL Europa
Team colors Lime Green, Royal Blue, Light Blue, Yellow, White[1]
                        
Team history
Founded 1991
Folded 1992
Championships
/ World Bowl wins
0
Overall
franchise record (in W-L-T):
Regular Season: 13–7
Postseason: 1–1
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The Orlando Thunder was a member of the World League of American Football from 1991 to 1992 (known as NFL Europe from 1995 onwards). The team played their games in the 70,000 seat Florida Citrus Bowl, and was coached by Don Matthews in 1991 and Galen Hall in 1992. The team's most visible point was their colors – the League wanted to develop new colors which hadn't been used for teams before, hence the vermilion and green that the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks wore, and the fluorescent green jerseys that the Thunder sported.

The team's general managers were Lee Corso and Dick Beam. In 1991 the team played to a 5–5 record, and in 1992 the team had an outstanding 8–2 record, and made it to the World Bowl II championship game before losing to the Sacramento Surge 21–17. The Thunder's attendance figures fell from over 19,000 per game in its first year to just over 16,000 per game in 1992. The team folded after the 1992 season with the rest of the WLAF's North American operations. The league would later use the team's name (but not its colors or history) for the Berlin Thunder.

Notable players include Kerwin Bell and Scott Mitchell, a left-handed quarterback who went on to play in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.

In 2006, readers of ESPN's Uni Watch column voted the team's jersey 2nd worst football jersey of all-time.[1]

Gallery

Season-by-season

Season League Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
1991 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 2nd (North American East)
1992 WLAF 8 2 0 .800 1st (North American East) 1 1 .500 Lost to Sacramento Surge in World Bowl '92
Total 13 7 0 .650 1 1 .500

1991 season

1991 Orlando Thunder season
Head Coach Don Matthews
General Manager Lee Corso
Home Field Florida Citrus Bowl
Results
Record 5-5
Place 2nd (North American East)
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers N/A
Season chronology
Previous Season Next Season
None - N/A 1992

Personnel

Staff

1991 Orlando Thunder staff
Front Office
  • Majority Owner – Raj Bhathal
  • General Manager – Lee Corso
  • Director of Player Personnel – Jeff Beathard
Head Coaches
  • Head Coach – Don Matthews

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Galen Hall
  • Offensive Line – Bill MacDermott

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Dan Daniel
  • Defensive Line – Pete Catan

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Pete Catan

Roster

1991 Orlando Thunder roster
Quarterbacks
  • 12 Kerwin Bell
  • 5 Tim Peterson


Running Backs

  • 25 Myron Jones
  • 21Eric Mitchell
  • 27 Carl Painter RB/KR
  • 37 Tommie Stowers FB/TE 


Wide Receivers

  • 81 Alphonso Garcia
  • 87 Bruce LaSane
  • 89 Chris Roscoe
  • 83 John Simpson
  • 88 Byron Williams
  • 84 Wyatt Harris


Tight Ends

  • 85 Dewayne Harrison
  • 80 Dennis Smith RB/TE
Offensive Linemen
  • 65 Doug Aronson G
  • 73 John Durden T
  • 61 John Guerrero G
  • 52 Rodney Lossow C
  • 77 Mike Withycombe T



Defensive Linemen

  • 70 Winfred Bryant DE
  • 94 Charles Jackson NT
  • 72 Robert Presbury DE
  • 91 Duane duncum LB/DE



Linebackers

  • 57 Wayne Davis ILB
  • 55 Matt Devine ILB
  • 56 Wayne Dickson OLB
  • 95 Willie Walker OLB
  • 58 Greg Carpenter MLB
Defensive Backs
  • 26 Brian Covington CB
  • 24 Bob Flenoid CB
  • 23 Mike Nettles S
  • 42 Billy Owens S
  • 31 Rob Sterling S
  • 20 Erroll Tucker CB/PR

Special Teams

  • 6 Charlie Baumann K
  • 2 Ray Criswell P

Operation Discovery

  • 94 Helmut Joder DE (Germany)
  • 82 Steffen Nagurski WR (Germany)
  • 53 Dirk Reessing LB (Germany)
Note: Rookies in italics

Results

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Monday, March 25 San Antonio Riders W 35–34 1–0 Florida Citrus Bowl 21,714
2 Saturday, March 30 Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks W 58–20 2–0 Florida Citrus Bowl 20,811
3 Saturday, April 6 at London Monarchs L 12–35 2–1 Wembley Stadium 35,327
4 Sunday, April 14 at Barcelona Dragons L 13–33 2–2 Montjuic Stadium 40,875
5 Sunday, April 21 Birmingham Fire L 6–31 2–3 Florida Citrus Bowl 21,249
6 Saturday, April 27 at New York/New Jersey Knights L 6–42 2–4 Giants Stadium 30,046
7 Saturday, May 4 Frankfurt Galaxy L 14–17 2–5 Florida Citrus Bowl 11,270
8 Saturday, May 11 Sacramento Surge W 45–33 3–5 Florida Citrus Bowl 20,048
9 Monday, May 20 at Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks W 20–14 4–5 Carter–Finley Stadium 4,207
10 Monday, May 27 at Montreal Machine W 33–27 (OT) 5–5 Olympic Stadium 23,493

1992 season

1992 Orlando Thunder season
Head Coach Don Matthews
Home Field Florida Citrus Bowl
Results
Record 8-2
Place 2nd (North American East)
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers N/A
Season chronology
Previous Season Next Season
1991 None

Results

Week Opponent Results Game site
Final score Team record
1 Ohio Glory W 13–9 1–0 Florida Citrus Bowl
2 at Montreal Machine L 29–31 1–1 Olympic Stadium
3 at Ohio Glory W 28–3 2–1 Ohio Stadium
4 New York/New Jersey Knights W 39–21 3–1 Florida Citrus Bowl
5 Montreal Machine W 16–8 4–1 Florida Citrus Bowl
6 at Frankfurt Galaxy W 38–0 5–1 Waldstadion
7 at San Antonio Riders W 39–21 6–1 Bobcat Stadium
8 London Monarchs W 9–0 7–1 Florida Citrus Bowl
9 at Birmingham Fire L 23–24 7–2 Legion Field
10 Barcelona Dragons W 13–10 8–2 Florida Citrus Bowl
Postseason
Semifinal Birmingham Fire W 45–7 9–2 Florida Citrus Bowl
World Bowl Sacramento Surge L 17–21 9–3 Olympic Stadium

Staff

1992 Orlando Thunder staff
Front Office
  • Majority Owner – Raj Bhathal
  • Chief Operating Officer/General Manager – Dick Beam
  • Director of Player Personnel – Pete Levine
Head Coaches
  • Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator – Galen Hall

Offensive Coaches

  • Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Ken Karcher
  • Running Backs – Pete Levine
  • Wide Receivers – Wes Chandler
  • Offensive Line – Bill MacDermott

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Charlie Bailey
  • Defensive Line – Mickey Mays
  • Defensive Secondary – Pete Kuharchek

Roster

1992 Orlando Thunder roster
Quarterbacks
  • 12 Kerwin Bell
  • 11 Howard Gasser
  • 19 Scott Mitchell

Running Backs

  • 22 Darryl Clack
  • 37 Tommie Stowers
  • 49 Roger Vick

Wide Receivers

  • 84 Grantis Bell
  • 86 Willie Davis
  • 83 Chris Ford
  • 80 Joe Howard-Johnson

Tight Ends

  • 89 Michael Titley
Offensive Linemen
  • 73 Kevin Allen T
  • 65 Doug Aronson G
  • 77 Jerry Crafts T
  • 64 Rick Cunningham T
  • 52 Rodney Lossow C
  • 68 Blaine Rose G

Defensive Linemen

  • 70 Winfred Bryant
  • 78 Karl Dunbar DE
  • 72 Robert Presbury DE
  • 71 Dan Sileo DT
  • 94 Willie Wyatt DT
Linebackers
  • 91 Ricky Andrews OLB
  • 53 Maurice Crum
  • 56 Wayne Dickson OLB
  • 51 Dean Witkowski
  • 58 Greg Carpenter MLB

Defensive Backs

  • 20 Malcolm Frank CB
  • 43 Todd Krumm S
  • 23 Mike Nettles
  • 26 Glenn Rogers CB
  • 24 Efrum Thomas S

Special Teams

  •  1 Tracy Bennett K
  • 88 Geep Chryst LS
  •  2 Ray Criswell P
Operation Discovery
  • Vacant

Rookies in italics

File:Orlando Thunder 004.jpg

Orlando Thunder Cheerleaders 1991

References

  1. Team Colors – WLAF. SSUR.org. Retrieved on January 16, 2010.
World League of American Football/NFL Europa
Teams
Teams Teams (cont'd)
Seasons
1991 1992 1993 no season 1994 no season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007

See also

  • World Bowl
  • Intercontinental Football League
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