The Florida Bobcats were an Arena Football League team based in Sunrise, Florida. They were known as the Sacramento Attack and the Miami Hooters, played in the AFL for a total of ten seasons, the last seven in West Palm Beach and Sunrise in the Miami metropolitan area; the team was founded in 1992 based in Sacramento, California. After their first season they relocated to Miami as the Miami Hooters, so named through a marketing deal with the restaurant chain Hooters. After three seasons the Hooters sponsorship was dropped and the team moved north to Sunrise where it changed its name, they folded after the 2001 season after years of poor performance. During their run they made two playoff appearances, once in Sacramento and once in Miami; the Sacramento Attack was an Arena Football League team that competed under that name in the 1992 AFL season only. They played at ARCO Arena for that season; the team was supposed to play in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Wings, but the franchise never came into existence in Los Angeles, moved to Sacramento, California as the Attack.
After their inaugural season, the team relocated to Florida. They took the name Miami Hooters in an unusual marketing arrangement with the Florida-based restaurant chain Hooters, ordinarily more noted for its buxom waitresses than feats of athletic prowess; the team adopted the restaurant's owlish logo and trademark colors as its own for three years, until this unusual arrangement terminated after the completion of the 1995 season. Desirous of staying in the general South Florida area, the team relocated to West Palm Beach as the Florida Bobcats. Subsequent linking of team names with products was to occur, notably the AFL's own New Jersey Red Dogs and the Toronto Phantoms, the Detroit Neon of the Continental Indoor Soccer League; the team was to be named the Miami Toros or Miami Bulls, with a similar logo for each name having been created. When the Miami Hooters team discontinued its connection with the Hooters Restaurant chain after the 1995 season was completed, it developed both a new identity and a new color scheme involving teal and black as opposed to the former orange and brown associated with the restaurants.
It moved north to West Palm Beach in an attempt to reduce overhead. This proved to be a mixed blessing at best, however, as the tiny seating capacity of the West Palm Beach Auditorium made profitable operations impossible. In the 1997 and 1998 seasons the team played a total of five official league games at what were charitably called "neutral sites", lesser venues in what were at best secondary markets, however a less-than-capacity crowd could result in greater revenues from ticket sales than would a home game sellout — were there to be one; this development led to them being referred to by some of the league's pundits as "America's Team", a not-unironic comparison to what was the National Football League's premier organization, the Dallas Cowboys. This situation was used to an advantage by the league to determine support for the sport in parts of the country where it had had little exposure, should be credited at least in part for the development of the sport's minor league, af2. In 1999 the Bobcats moved into the far more spacious confines of the National Car Rental Center, now the BB&T Center home to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.
They remained there. One of the notable facts about this team is that they were quarterbacked through the majority of their existence by Fred McNair, the original "Air McNair" and older brother of 2003 NFL co-MVP Steve McNair. An attempt was made in the 2001 season to sell the team to various prospective owners, including Mark Cuban who bought the Dallas Mavericks NBA, but nothing came of the deal; the team subsequently folded having the distinction of holding the AFL record for the lowest single-game attendance for a regular season game when they drew 1,154 fans against the Los Angeles Avengers on May 3, 2001. The following Attack/Hooters/Bobcats players were named to All-Arena Teams: WR/DB Bernard Edwards WR/LB Niu Sale, Bruce LaSane OL/DL Alo Sila DS Donald Brown The following Attack/Hooters/Bobcats players were named to All-Ironman Teams: WR/LB Curtis Ceaser, Jr; the following Attack/Hooters/Bobcats players were named to All-Rookie Teams: WR/LB Curtis Ceaser, Jr. WR/DB Neal Stayton AFL Official Website Sacramento Attack at ArenaFan.com Miami Hooters at ArenaFan.com Florida Bobcats at ArenaFan.com
Tampa Bay Storm
The Tampa Bay Storm were a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, U. S. that played in the Arena Football League. The team, along with the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos, joined the AFL in 1987 as one of the charter franchises, by 1992 it was the last of the four still operating; the team ceased operations in 2017. The franchise was located in Pittsburgh and known as the Pittsburgh Gladiators; the franchise relocated to Tampa Bay in 1991. The team played in St. Petersburg from 1991 to 1996 in Tampa until 2008, after which point the AFL suspended operations and did not return until the 2010 season following the league's restructuring, it had been in the same city for longer than any other AFL team. During its tenure the franchise won five ArenaBowl championships. With 241 wins, the Storm had won far more games than any other team in AFL history; the club was last owned by Jeffrey Vinik the owner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. Home games were played at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
The Storm holds the Arena Football League record for the longest tenure by a franchise in a single market area. It was the last of the original four franchises to have operated in continuous existence from the formation of the league in 1987 until the present decade before ceasing operations; when arena football was first announced in 1986, Jim Foster targeted Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for an inaugural franchise due to the great football tradition of the area. The franchise was known as the Pittsburgh Gladiators, was one of the original four AFL teams formed in 1987; the team was named by Robert Ninehouser whose entry for the team name was selected in 1987. They played their home games at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. On June 19, 1987, the Gladiators defeated the Washington Commandos 48–46 in the first AFL regular season game; the Gladiators participated in ArenaBowls III, losing both. The team moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Tampa, Florida in 1991, with the team taking on the "Storm" nickname.
The Cleveland Arena Football League franchise now bears the Gladiators name. The Storm won the ArenaBowl in its first season in Tampa Bay and has won four subsequent championships. Up to the 2006 season, the Storm had qualified for the playoffs in every season but one during their time in Tampa Bay; the team played in the former ThunderDome in St. Petersburg from 1991–1996, becoming its first regular team sports tenant. Since 1997, the team played its home games in the Amalie Arena, located in Tampa. After the 1994 season, Greis sold the team to Peter "Woody" Kern for $850,000. Kern's first move as the Storm owner was the hiring of coach Tim Marcum, regarded as the greatest coach in Arena Football history. On March 14, 2002, Kern sold the Storm to Thom Hopper. On December 23, 2004, Sports Illustrated wrote in its'The 10 Spot' feature that the AFL's players' union filed a grievance against the Storm; the reason was that seven of the Storm's players claimed that some of the diamonds in their 2003 AFL championship rings were fake.
Six of the seven players had left the team after the 2003 season. The Storm acknowledged that some of the rings did, in fact, include cubic zirconia instead of diamonds, that different players received greater amounts of diamonds in their rings based on their contributions that season; the Storm ended the 2006 season with a 7–9 record, ending a 19-year streak of playoff appearances, dating back to their days as the Gladiators and the start of the Arena Football League. In December 2007, Kern sold 51% of his stake in the Storm to Robert Nucci for just over $9.6 million, while still maintaining control of the other 49%. The Storm followed a 9–7 season and first-round playoff exit in 2007 with an 8–8 finish in 2008; the team salvaged the.500 record by defeating the Los Angeles Avengers 72–47 in Tampa. There was no 2009 Arena Football League season due to the league's ongoing financial difficulties, which resulted in its filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy converted to Chapter 11, leaving it uncertain if the Storm, arguably the most successful team in the history of any form of indoor football, would play another game.
A new arena football league called Arena Football 1, formed in 2009. The Storm was not one of the initial 16 teams announced. However, Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings owner Dan Newman mentioned that the Storm were one of at least two former AFL franchises that were being negotiated with, the other being the San Jose SaberCats; the new organization bought the rights to the intellectual property, including the team names, logos and patented rules of the old AFL in a bankruptcy auction, which allowed it to function as a full successor. The Storm resumed full operations for the new league's 2010 season, with some players from the former roster, once again coached by Tim Marcum and this time owned by Tampa Bay Storm Partners LLC, a group led by Todd Boren, a previous partner with the Orlando Predators and the Arizona Rattlers; the AFL released the schedule for the season on December 31, 2009. The Storm returned during the opening weekend of the season on April 3, 2010. On February 17, 2010, it was formally announced that the AF1 had adopted the former Arena Football League name.
The Colorado Crush were an arena football team based in Denver, Colorado. They began play as a 2003 Arena Football League as an expansion team; the Crush played in the Central Division of the American Conference until the Arena Football League suspended operations in 2009. They were last coached by Mike Dailey and owned by a coalition of Denver sports figures led by John Elway. Negotiations with a Denver ownership group are underway for a future AFL expansion franchise in Denver, but it is unclear whether or not it will use the Crush branding or that of the Denver Dynamite, an earlier AFL team. Like the Dallas Desperados, the Crush's branding is based on NFL teams, which could give Pat Bowlen or Stan Kroenke a potential veto over any usage of the Colorado Crush branding. On July 15, 2015, the Crush name was acquired by the Indoor Football League franchise known as the Colorado Ice as the trademark for the name expired in 2014 according to their ownership. On August 8, 2001, the team entered an application for expansion into the Arena Football League.
In June 2002, it was announced that John Elway, with Stan Kroenke, owner of the Avalanche, the Nuggets, the Rapids, Pepsi Center, & the Altitude Sports network and the majority Broncos owner Pat Bowlen would be bringing an arena football team to Denver. The Crush competed in the Central Division of the American Conference. After a bad inaugural season in 2003, in which they finished 2-14, the Crush rebounded to go 11-5 and make the playoffs in their second year. On June 12, 2005 they won ArenaBowl XIX in Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center over the Georgia Force 51-48, in only their third year of existence. In their fourth year the Crush ended up 11-5, with the American Conference Central title for the second year in a row. In the Divisional Round however, the Crush lost in an upset to the fifth-seeded Chicago Rush 63-46; the team's mascot was an anthropomorphic bull named "Crusher."On July 15, 2015, the Indoor Football League franchise known as the Colorado Ice announced that they would change their name to the Colorado Crush, but would have no ties to the former AFL franchise.
According to team owner Tom Wigley, the trademark of the Crush name expired the year before meaning that the original Crush ownership no longer had a say in the use of the name. On Sunday, June 12, 2005, the Crush hosted the American Conference Championship game against their division rival, the Chicago Rush. Colorado had the lead late in the game 43-40 and defensive back Rashad Floyd managed to intercept a touchdown pass from quarterback Matt D'Orazio, but it turns out that he was called for holding. Chicago would tie the game with kicker Keith Gispert's 17-yard field goal. In overtime, the Crush would get the win with Quarterback John Dutton completing a 22-yard touchdown pass to WR/LB Antowone'Andy' McCullough, sending them to ArenaBowl XIX, and won 2 before and 2 after On the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown, this game is at #20. On Friday, February 6, 2004, in a Week 1 contest against the Las Vegas Gladiators, the Crush were still looking for their first home win in franchise history.
In the final 12 seconds of the game, the Crush would have quarterback John Dutton complete a seven-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Damian Harrell, recover an onside kick, have Dutton complete a 33-yard pass to Harrell. With 12 points in 12 seconds, Colorado would get their first-ever win at home. On the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown, this is at #15. On Saturday, February 5, 2005, in a Week 2 home game against their division rival, the Grand Rapids Rampage, quarterback John Dutton would throw a franchise-best eight touchdowns in a 72-56 win, yet this was overshadowed by Rampage quarterback Michael Bishop becoming the first player in AFL history to run for 100 yards in a single game. On the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown, this is at #12; the following Crush players were named to All-Arena Teams: FB/LB Rich Young WR Damian Harrell C Kyle Moore-Brown DL Aaron McConnell DB Rashad Floyd OS Damian Harrell DS Rashad Floyd K Clay Rush The following Crush players have been named to All-Ironman Teams: FB/LB Rich Young, Robert Thomas WR/LB Kevin McKenzie, Willis Marshall WR/DB Willis Marshall OL/DL Kyle Moore-Brown, Chris Snyder The following Crush players have been named to All-Rookie Teams: FB/LB Anthony Dunn WR Chad Owens DL John Syptak The team's main color and name are in reference to the Denver Broncos 1970s defensive squad.
Denver was host to one of the four charter teams, the Denver Dynamite, which won the first-ever ArenaBowl in 1987. Van Montgomery from the TV show. Colorado Crush at ArenaFan
Ohio State Buckeyes football
The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922; the Buckeyes are recognized by the university and NCAA as having won eight national championships along with 39 conference championships, seven division championships, 10 undefeated seasons, six perfect seasons. As of 2017, the football program is valued at $1.5 billion, the highest valuation of any such program in the country. The first Ohio State game was a 20–14 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on May 3, 1890; the team was a football independent from 1890 to 1901 before joining the Ohio Athletic Conference as a charter member in 1902. The Buckeyes won two conference championships while members of the OAC and in 1912 became members of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State won their first national championship in 1942 under head coach Paul Brown.
Following World War II, Ohio State saw sparse success on the football field with three separate coaches and in 1951 hired Woody Hayes to coach the team. Under Hayes, Ohio State won over 200 games, 13 Big Ten championships and five national championships, had four Rose Bowl wins in eight appearances. Following Hayes' dismissal in 1978, Earle Bruce and John Cooper coached the team to a combined seven conference championships between them. Jim Tressel was hired as head coach in 2001 and led Ohio State to its seventh national championship in 2002. Under Tressel, Ohio State won seven Big Ten championships and appeared in eight Bowl Championship Series games, winning five of them. In November 2011, Urban Meyer became head coach. Under Meyer, the team went 12–0 in his first season and set a school record with 24 consecutive victories, won three Big Ten championships, won the first College Football Playoff National Championship of its kind in 2014. After early attempts at forming a team in 1886 and 1887, football was established at the university in 1890.
On the site of the first OSU game, on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on May 3, 1890, the Delaware County Historical Society has set an historical marker. Some histories of Ohio State football credit George Cole, an undergraduate, Alexander S. Lilley with introducing the sport to the campus. More recent research has challenged that claim, stating that George Cole persuaded Lilley to coach the football team during its first full season that fall. OSU's first home game took place at 2:30 p.m. on November 1, 1890. They played the University of Wooster on the site, called Recreation Park. Just east of historic German Village, the park occupied the north side of Schiller, between Ebner and Jaeger, in what is now Schumacher Place. OSU lost the game, 64–0. Over the next eight years, under a number of coaches, the team played to a cumulative record of 31 wins, 39 losses, 2 ties; the first game against the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, was a 34–0 loss in 1897, a year that saw the low point in Buckeye football history with a 1–7–1 record.
Jack Ryder was Ohio State's first paid coach, earning $150 per season, lost his first game, against Oberlin College and John Heisman, on October 15, 1892. In 1899 the university hired John Eckstorm to bring professional coaching skills to the program and went undefeated. In 1901, center John Segrist was fatally injured in a game against Western Reserve University and the continuation of football at Ohio State was in serious question. Although the school's athletic board let the team decide its future, Eckstorm resigned. In 1912 football underwent a number of developments that included joining the Western Conference, making football as part of a new Department of Athletics, hiring Lynn W. St. John to be athletic director. Chic Harley attended East High in Columbus and was one of the greatest players to attend an Ohio high school, he passed, received, punted and played defense. Harley came to Ohio State in 1916 and Columbus fans fell in love with the Chic. Harley and the Buckeyes won the first Big Ten championship in school history in 1916 when the Buckeyes finished 7–0.
He would repeat in 1917 giving the Buckeyes a second outright title. In 1918, he left to be a pilot in the air force for World War I. With Harley's return in 1919, the Buckeyes would only lose one game—to Illinois. Chic Harley left OSU with a career record of 22–1–1. At the time, OSU played at the small Ohio Field and Harley brought such record crowds it became necessary to open Ohio Stadium in 1922; the stadium was built on fan donations and several stadium drives around the city where Harley would appear. In 1951, when the College Football Hall of Fame opened, Harley was inducted as an inaugural member. Ohio State's first rival was Kenyon College, a small liberal arts college in Gambier 50 miles to the northeast; the Buckeyes first played them in their first season in 1890 on Nov 27, Kenyon won the first two meetings. Kenyon made it their season goal to defeat OSU. After the Bucks joined the Big Ten they stopped playing Kenyon; the all-time record stands at 18–6, OSU. In hiring Francis Schmidt in March 1934 to coach its football team, Ohio State moved its program to a "big-time" level of competition.
Schmidt was an acknowledged offensive innovator. His offensive schemes were a "wide-open" style called "razzle-dazzle" and led him to be the first Buckeye footb
Milwaukee Mustangs (2009–12)
The Milwaukee Mustangs were a professional arena football team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were members of the Arena Football League, which they joined in 2010 during the league's restructuring, they played their home games at the Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee. The team began play in 2009 as the Milwaukee Iron, competed in af2, the AFL's developmental league, they joined the AFL after the league's restructuring in 2010. On January 27, 2011, the team changed its name to the Mustangs, after an older team that had played in the AFL from 1994 to 2001, their final head coach was Bob Landsee. The Mustangs were dormant for the 2013 season. In October 2013, the rights to the franchise were sold to Terry Emmert, who subsequently started the Portland Thunder in Portland, Oregon; the Milwaukee Iron were announced as an af2 expansion team in March 2008 when the team's ownership group announced a three-year lease agreement to play at the Bradley Center beginning with the 2009 season. The announcement came the day before the Milwaukee Bonecrushers kicked off play in the Continental Indoor Football League at Milwaukee's US Cellular Arena.
Milwaukee had been without an arena football team since the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League folded in 2001 after not being allowed to play at the Bradley Center. The Iron played its first game on Thursday, March 12, 2009, a 60-0 exhibition shutout of the New Zealand Overstayers at the Bradley Center, they opened the regular season on Friday, March 27, 2009 when they played host to the Iowa Barnstormers. The Iron lost 60–38; the Iron entered the Arena Football League in 2010. The team won the Midwest Division; the team changed its name to the Mustangs on January 27, 2011. The name "Mustangs" was chosen as it was the name of the original franchise that existed from 1994 to 2001; the team's dancers were called the Fillies. The Mustangs were covered locally by WAUK and Time Warner Cable Sports 32. On October 2, 2013 the AFL announced that an ownership group led by Portland businessman Terry W. Emmert has been approved by the AFL’s Board of Directors to purchase a majority of the Milwaukee Mustangs and relocate the team to Portland, Oregon.
The team began regular season play as the Portland Thunder in 2014 at the Moda Center, home of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. The following Mustangs players were named to All-Arena Teams: QB Chris Greisen WR Tiger Jones DL Khreem Smith, Luis Vasquez LB Marcus Everett DB Andre Jones The following Mustangs players were named to All-Ironman Teams: WR/LB Marcus Everett Milwaukee Mustangs
The Pittsburgh Power was a professional arena football team based in Pittsburgh, United States. The team belonged to the East Division of the American Conference in the Arena Football League. Founded in 2011, the Power was the youngest franchise in the AC; the team played its home games at the Consol Energy Center, which they shared with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. The Power shared the same color scheme as Pittsburgh's other professional sports teams, the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League, the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh was the fourth city added for the 2011 AFL season, joining the San Jose SaberCats, Kansas City Command and their new in-state rivals the Philadelphia Soul – who were all returning to the Arena Football League after a two-year absence; the franchise competed through the 2014 season, where they finished a franchise best 15-3, but ownership decided to cease operations on November 17, 2014. AFL Commissioner Scott Butera said, "We are trying to affect a transaction that will allow the Power to continue to play in Pittsburgh."
The team has it subsequently. Prior to the announcement of Pittsburgh's 2011 expansion team, the city was the home to the Pittsburgh Gladiators, one of the four original franchises of the Arena Football League in 1987; the AFL's first league game, not counting the playtest games at the Rockford MetroCenter and the Rosemont Horizon, was played in the Pittsburgh Civic Arena between the Gladiators and Washington Commandos. The Gladiators would go on to lose ArenaBowl I to the Denver Dynamite, 45–16, that season in a game played at the Civic Arena. Two years the team lost ArenaBowl III, held at Joe Louis Arena, to the Detroit Drive by a score of 39–26; the following season was the Gladiators' fourth and last in Pittsburgh after co-owner Bob Greis decided to move the franchise to Tampa, Florida. The team was renamed the Tampa Bay Storm. Greis, who had several business interests in Florida, sold the franchise a few years later. During the Storms' first year in Tampa, the team defeated the Detroit Drive, 48–42, to win ArenaBowl V.
The Storm remained in Tampa and reached the playoffs in each of their next 15 seasons, winning four more AFL titles. In 2011, Jerry Kurz, the commissioner of the Arena Football League, stated to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the Gladiators move to Tampa had nothing to do with the attendance for the games, he instead stated that the issues that prompted the team to relocate had more to do with the lack of additional accouterments at the Civic Arena, such as updated luxury suites. The current AFL policy is to give expansion teams in markets served by AFL teams the same name as their predecessor, since the league owns all rights to all team names in the league's history. However, because the unrelated Cleveland Gladiators use the "Gladiators" name, that required the adoption of a new franchise name. Incidentally, the Power's logo is a thunderbolt, the same as a previous Cleveland AFL team, Cleveland Thunderbolts; the team was rumored to be called the Pittsburgh River Wizards, according to sports blog Inside Pittsburgh Sports and by Pittsburgh-area radio host Mark Madden.
The team name was changed to the Power before the official announcement by the team. The Power played their first game in franchise history on March 11, 2011 at Consol Energy Center in front of 13,904 fans, they lost to the Philadelphia Soul in overtime by a score of 58–52. Despite this loss, the Power led the East Division with a 7–4 record at the end of week 13. However, they lost five of their final seven games, falling to 9–9 at the end of the season and finishing second in the division. On March 9, 2012, the entire Pittsburgh Power roster was released prior to its opening game against the Orlando Predators due to a labor disagreement between the owners and the players' union. However, with the aid of a few replacements, the team managed to win 40–26. Following the victory, 22 of the 24 released players were offered their jobs back, with 18 accepting and returning to the team. Neil Purvis signed a contract a few days bringing the total to 19. Defensive backs Josh Lay and Tyrrell Herbert and offensive lineman Dan Jones elected not to re-sign with the Power and were consequentially placed on the League Suspension list.
Jones was traded to the Kansas City Command on May 2, 2012. On April 14, the Power orchestrated the largest comeback in Arena Football League history. Down 48–17 in the third quarter to the Orlando Predators, backup quarterback Derek Cassidy led the team on a 34–3 run, taking the game into overtime. After the Predators kicked a field goal to make it 54–51, P. J. Berry returned the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to the Predators' 19-yard line. On the next play, Cassidy connected with Christian Wise for a touchdown to win the game 57–54. On June 8, the Power were scheduled to face the Cleveland Gladiators at Quicken Loans Arena. However, due to yet another labor dispute, the Gladiators failed to field enough players and forfeited, making the Power the first team in Arena Football League history to win in this manner. On June 16, Power kicker Geoff Boyer converted a two-point drop kick against the Milwaukee Mustangs, it was the first successful drop kick in the Arena Football League since 1997. With a 5–13 record, the Power failed to qualify for the playoffs with a last place finish in the division.
On March 23, the Power opened the 2013 season against the Utah Blaze. The Power were still in the playoff hunt through Week 10 with a 3-6 record, but a 7-game losing streak lost the Power their chance at a playoff spot. W
Michael Louis Hohensee is a former professional football quarterback who played in the United States Football League, Canadian Football League, National Football League and Arena Football League. He most the head coach of the AFL's Portland Thunder, he played college football at the University of Minnesota, was in the AFL for two seasons, from 1987 to 1988. Hohensee has been a head coach since 1990, beginning at the Washington Commandos, he has served as head coach of eight different arena football franchises, winning ArenaBowl XX with the Chicago Rush in 2006. In college, Hohensee played for the University of Minnesota. After coming out of junior college at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Hohensee quarterbacked the Gophers for two seasons in 1981 and 1982, setting numerous school passing records. Mike is in the University of Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame, he played for the Washington Federals of the United States Football League from 1983–1984, the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1985, was a replacement player on the Chicago Bears of the National Football League during the 1987 NFL strike.
As the Washington Federals' quarterback in 1983, Hohensee is best remembered for coming up one foot short of the goal line in a loss to the Oakland Invaders. Before beginning his career as an Arena Football League coach, Hohensee was a quarterback for the AFL's Pittsburgh Gladiators during the league's first two seasons in 1987 and 1988, he threw the first touchdown pass in AFL history. Hohensee was named the first coach in Chicago Rush history, with the team beginning play in 2001. With Hohensee, the Rush made the playoffs in every season, winning ArenaBowl XX; the Rush played in four consecutive AFL Conference Championship games from 2004 to 2008, won its division in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008. "Coach Ho" recorded his 100th career victory in 2006 when the team defeated the Las Vegas Gladiators at Allstate Arena. When the AFL stopped play in 2009, Hohensee remained in Arena Football in Illinois, he coached the Peoria Pirates, but the team finished 5-11. Hohensee returned to coach the Rush, he led the Rush to a 10-6 season, the team made the playoffs.
On August 20, 2010, Hohensee announced he was resigning from the Rush after nine season with the team. He finished with 108 regular season wins for nine more in the playoffs. Hohensee was hired at the coach of the Philadelphia Soul on August 31, 2010, he was the team's first head coach since the team went on hiatus together with the league as a whole following the 2008 season. The team's last game prior to Hohensee's hire was ArenaBowl XXII in which they defeated the San Jose SaberCats 59-56. After a 6–12 season, Hohensee resigned on July 27, 2011. On August 16, 2011, Hohensee was named the head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers. On August 4, 2014, it was announced. During his three seasons as Barnstormers coach, he posted a 19–35 record and failed to make the postseason once. On September 24, 2014, Hohensee was named the head coach of the Portland Thunder. After a 5-13 record, 3rd-place finish in the Pacific Division, Hohensee's contract was not renewed. Has since become inactive as an AFL coach. In 2016 Hohensee become the pass game & quarterbacks coordinator at McDaniel College, an NCAA Division III liberal arts college.
Hohensee joined the Green Terror with fellow Arena Football hall of fame coach Mike Dailey. ArenaBowl XX winning coach Reached AFL Semifinals – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Division Winner—1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 On Saturday April 28, 2007 Hohensee was hit by a car while walking in a grocery store parking lot, but still coached the Rush to a victory over the Philadelphia Soul two days later, he coached the game in the team press box with a sling around his arm. Mike Hohensee at ArenaFan.com Mike Hohensee at ArenaFan.com Mike Hohensee at arenafootball.com