Frankfurt Galaxy

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Frankfurt Galaxy
Frankfurt Galaxy logo Frankfurt Galaxy Logo.svg
Frankfurt Galaxy logo
Year founded1991
Home field Commerzbank-Arena
City Frankfurt, Germany
Team colorsPurple and Orange
  
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Football Uniforms of Frankfurt Galaxy
Championships

The Frankfurt Galaxy was a professional American football team that originally played in the World League of American Football and later in the resurrected NFL Europe. The team was based in Frankfurt, Germany and played in the Commerzbank-Arena, formerly called Waldstadion. The Galaxy was the only team in the league to have remained in operation and in the same city throughout the league's existence.

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An unrelated team of the same name is to participate in the first season of the European League of Football in 2021.

History

In 1991, the Galaxy was a founding member of the World League of American Football (WLAF). They hosted the first ever WLAF game against the London Monarchs at the Waldstadion on March 23, 1991 and scored the first ever WLAF points with a safety, but lost the game.

When the World League resumed in 1995, the Galaxy, the Monarchs, and Barcelona Dragons were the only former WLAF teams that continued playing. Before it folded, Frankfurt Galaxy was the oldest pro football team outside of the NFL and CFL. Frankfurt also played in the last NFL Europa game, losing the 2007 World Bowl to Hamburg.

The Frankfurt Galaxy's record eight appearances in the 15 World Bowl games were evenly split in the composite standings with four wins (1995, 1999, 2003 and 2006) and four losses (1996, 1998, 2004, and 2007).

Season-by-season

SeasonLeagueRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
1991 WLAF730.7003rd (European)    
1992 WLAF370.3002nd (European)    
1993WLAF suspended operations from 1993 to 1994
1994
1995 WLAF640.6002nd (League)101.000 World Bowl '95 champions
1996 WLAF640.6002nd (League)01.000Lost to Scottish Claymores in World Bowl '96
1997 WLAF460.4005th (League)    
1998 NFLE730.7001st (League)01.000Lost to Rhein Fire in World Bowl '98
1999 NFLE640.6002nd (League)101.000 World Bowl '99 champions
2000 NFLE460.4005th (League)    
2001 NFLE370.3006th (League)    
2002 NFLE640.6003rd (League)    
2003 NFLE640.6001st (League)101.000 World Bowl XI champions
2004 NFLE730.7002nd (League)01.000Lost to Berlin Thunder in World Bowl XII
2005 NFLE370.3005th (League)    
2006 NFLE730.7002nd (League)10.000 World Bowl XIV champions
2007 NFLE730.7002nd (League)01.000Lost to Hamburg Sea Devils in World Bowl XV
Total82680.54744.500

Head coaches

#NameTermRegular seasonPostseasonAchievements
GCWonLostTiesWin %GCWonLostWin %
1 Jack Elway 19911992 2010100.500     
2 Ernie Stautner 19951997 3016140.533211.500 World Bowl '95 championship
World League Coach of the Year (1995)
3 Dick Curl 19982000 3017130.567211.500 World Bowl '99 championship
2× NFL Europe Coach of the Year (1998, 1999)
4 Doug Graber 20012003 3015150.5001101.000 World Bowl XI championship
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2003)
5 Mike Jones 20042007 4024160.600312.333 World Bowl XIV championship
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2006)

Notable players

No.PlayerPosition(s)Years PlayedNotable
5, 81 Flag of the United States.svg Mario Bailey WR1995–2000All-Time NFL Europe Receiving leader
1, 18 Flag of the United States.svg Andy McCullough WR1999, 2001 World Bowl VII Most Valuable Player [1]
4 Flag of the United States.svg J. T. O'Sullivan QB2004, 2007NFL Europa Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player (2007) [2]
11 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Perez QB1991–1992First starting quarterback in team history
32 Flag of the United States.svg Roger RobinsonRB2006Led League in rushing, All-NFLEL team selection [3]
82 Flag of the United States.svg Keith L. Craig WR1991First Service Member (U.S.Army) selected under Operation Discovery [4]

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The 1998 Rhein Fire season was the fourth season for the franchise in the NFL Europe League (NFLEL). The team was led by head coach Galen Hall in his fourth year, and played its home games at Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf, Germany. They finished the regular season in second place with a record of seven wins and three losses. Rhein won the first championship in team history by defeating the Frankfurt Galaxy 34–10 in World Bowl '98.

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References

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  2. "All-NFL Europa Team" (Press release). June 21, 2007.
  3. "NFLEL names All-League team, MVPs" (Press release). May 25, 2006.
  4. "Wiesbaden Galaxy sets player tryouts, medical seminar". Stars and Stripes. September 11, 1991.