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The Florida Tuskers are a professional American football team in Orlando, Floridamarker that play in the United Football League.

The city of Orlando, Floridamarker was awarded a franchise in the United Football League. Their home stadium is the Citrus Bowlmarker and Jim Haslett, former head coach of the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams, is the head coach. Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has a share in the team.

Franchise history

Former NFL head coach of the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams Jim Haslett, was named the first head coach of the team, on March 11, 2009.

Tryouts for the four teams that would play in the 2009 season took place in Orlando and Las Vegas during the summer, with the draft taking place on June 19. With their first selection, the Tuskers picked Fred Bledsoe, who had gone undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft before signing with the Green Bay Packers as a practice squad member.

The team's name, along with its colors and uniforms, were unveiled to the public in August, two months before the start of the season. On the same day it was announced that the Tampa Bay Rays had bought interest in the team.

2009 season

In their inaugural season, the Tuskers were led by quarterback Brooks Bollinger, and wide receiver Taye Biddle. Bollinger was the league leader in passing yards, while Biddle led in receiving yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Odell Thurman led the team in tackles, Patrick Chukwurah was the league leader in sacks, and Jerome Carter led the league in interceptions.

The team was noted for having a large number of former players from the nearby Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Among the Buccaneer alumnus were Matt Bryant, who once kicked a game-winning 62-yard field goal as time expired, which is also the third-longest successful attempt in NFL history, Micheal Spurlock, the first player in Tampa Bay history to return a kickoff for a touchdown, and Super Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson.

The Tuskers put together a league-best undefeated 6–0 record in the regular season, clinching a spot in the championship game in Week 4. However in the championship game, the Tuskers were beaten by the Las Vegas Locomotives, losing on a game-winning field goal in overtime.

Season-by-season records

Season League Finish Wins Losses Postseason Awards
2009 UFL 1st 6 0 Lost Championship Game None


Current personnel

Current staff

Current roster

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