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Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks
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Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Stadium/Home field Carter-Finley Stadium
League WLAF / NFL Europa
Team colors Red, Kelly Green, Black, White[1]
                   
Team history
Founded 1991
Folded 1991
Championships
/ World Bowl wins
None
Overall
franchise record (in W-L-T):
Regular Season: 0–10 (.000)
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The Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks were an American football team headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina that played for one season in 1991 in the World League of American Football (WLAF). The name was inspired by the Wright brothers' flights on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The three jet-trails and three planes in flight, as well as the triangle design in the logo, represented the three points of the Research Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). The team's cheerleaders were known as the "Kittyhawks."

The name was chosen by Raleigh citizens, the choices being the Skyhawks, Daredevils, or Rogues as published in the News and Observer.

The Skyhawks' home field was N.C. State's Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Then-Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn owned the franchise, and the head coach was former NFL player and N.C. State alumnus Roman Gabriel.

The team had a 0–10 record in the 1991 season and averaged 12,066 spectators per game due in part by the lack of beer sales at Carter–Finley Stadium. The team folded after their lone season of 1991. To replace them for the 1992 season, the WLAF established a new franchise in Columbus, Ohio, naming it the Ohio Glory.

The Skyhawks' lack of success did not sour the NFL on the whole state, as in 1995, Charlotte welcomed the expansion Carolina Panthers franchise. Professional sports would return to the Triangle area 8 years later when the Carolina Hurricanes moved there from Greensboro, North Carolina to play in their newly constructed arena.

Season-by-season

Season League Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
1991 WLAF 0 10 0 .000 4th (North American East)
Total 0 10 0 .000

Personnel

Coaches/Staff

Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks staff
Front Office
  • Owner – George Shinn
  • Vice President/Administration – Wayne Thompson
  • Director of Player Personnel – Ernie Driscoll

Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs – Johnnie Walton
  • Receivers/Special Teams – Jim Popp
  • Offensive Line – Buck Fowler

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Doug Kay
  • Defensive Line – Claude Humphrey
  • Secondary/Special Teams – Charles Harbison

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Roster

1991 Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks roster
Quarterbacks
  • 14 Mark Maye
  • 11 Joe Pizzo

Running Backs

  • 28 Sean Doctor
  • 21 John Burch
  • 30 Bren Lowery
  • 20 Darryl McGill

Wide Receivers

  • 80Marvin Hargrove
  • 84 Clarkston Hines
  • 89 Andre Johnson
  • 82 Clarence Seay

Tight Ends

  • 81 Joe Meerten
  • 85 Kevin Sprinkles
Offensive Linemen
  • 64 Terry Gray G
  • 72 Kelly John-Lewis T
  • 60 Jason Kuipers G
  • 51 Wood Myers T
  • 68 Ruffin Rodrigue G/T
  • 53 Paul Wulff C


Defensive Linemen

  • 73 David Ammons DE
  • 97 Webbie Burnett NT
  • 94 Anthony Butts NT
  • 75 Jon Carter DE
  • 95 Tony Gunn DE
  • 77 Erwin Grabisna DE
Linebackers
  • 52 Ezekial Gadson
  • 61 Steve Glasson
  • 96 Troy Stedman
  • 98 Rafe Wilkinson
  • 59 Shawn Woodson

Defensive Backs

  • 24 Chris Barber CB
  • 47 Ray Jackson S
  • 29 Gerald Mack CB
  • 26 Pat McGuirk CB
  • |23 Brian McPhatter S
  • 31 Peda Samuel CB
  • 41 Richard Smith S
Special Teams
  • 7 Troy Faunce P
  • 3 Wilson Hoyle K

Operation Discovery

  • 22 Nicolay Aslaksen RB (Norway)
  • 1 Peter Bush|P}} (Australia)
  • 55 Vladimir Gerogiev|LB}} (Soviet Union)
  • 92 Oleg Sapego DL (Soviet Union)
  • Note: Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Saturday, March 23 at Sacramento Surge L 3–9 0–1 Hughes Stadium 15,126
2 Saturday, March 30 at Orlando Thunder L 20–58 0–2 Florida Citrus Bowl 20,811
3 Saturday, April 6 Barcelona Dragons L 14–26 0–3 Carter-Finley Stadium 17,900
4 Monday, April 15 San Antonio Riders L 15–37 0–4 Carter–Finley Stadium 11,818
5 Saturday, April 20 at Frankfurt Galaxy L 28–30 0–5 Waldstadion 21,065
6 Sunday, April 28 at London Monarchs L 10–35 0–6 Wembley Stadium 33,997
7 Sunday, May 5 New York/New Jersey Knights L 6–42 0–7 Carter–Finley Stadium 10,069
8 Monday, May 13 at Montreal Machine L 6–15 0–8 Olympic Stadium 20,123
9 Monday, May 20 Orlando Thunder L 14–20 0–9 Carter–Finley Stadium 4,207
10 Saturday, May 25 Birmingham Fire L 7–28 0–10 Carter–Finley Stadium 16,335

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References

  1. Team Colors – WLAF. SSUR.org. Retrieved on January 17, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Official 1991 World League of American Football Media Guide,. ISBN .
  3. The Official 1992 World League Fact Book,. ISBN .

External links

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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