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The 136 most XFL team names in football history

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Let’s find the most Xtreme teams in all of American and Canadian pro and college football.

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  1. I went through more than 2,000 team names from pro and college football in the United States and Canada. I didn’t go through 60 billion high school teams or teams from other countries, because I’m not qualified to judge how Xtreme a German, Mexican, or Japanese team name is. No disrespect to the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, Burros Blancos del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, or Osaka Gas Skunks, let alone the Yuma High School Criminals.
  2. By XFL, I mean 2001 XFL. The 2020 XFL is insufficiently Xtreme.
  3. Only one team per nickname, but if another team has ever used your nickname, you aren’t Xtreme anyway.
  4. Priority given to names with extra Zs, Xs, and other Xtreme signifiers.
  5. No, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs don’t have a football program.
  6. Yes, there are many arena football teams. Arena football is more XFL than the XFL.
  7. Yes, there are many other great team names. Throw your favorites in the comments, whether they made this list or not!

List (if you don’t see the list, click this link, but if you do see the list, proceed):

The 136 most XFL team names in football history

Team League
Team League
Abilene Ruff Riders Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Alabama Steeldogs AF2 (2000-2009)
Anaheim Piranhas Arena Football League (1987-?)
Arctic Predators Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Arizona Adrenaline Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Arizona Christian Firestorm College football
Arkansas Warcats World Football League (2008-10)
Ashland Ironmasters Midwest Football League (1935-39)
Atlantic City CardSharks Arena leagues
Austin Turfcats Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Beaumont Golden Vikings Texas Football League (1966-71)
Bethany Terrible Swedes College football
Birmingham Barracudas Canadian Football League
Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings AF2 (2000-2009)
Bricktown Brawlers Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Calgary Dinos Canadian college football
Carolina Cowboyz Arena leagues
Cedar Rapids River Kings Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Central Texas Gorillas World Football League (2008-10)
Charleston Swamp Foxes AF2 (2000-2009)
Chicago Slaughter Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Cincinnati Jungle Kats AF2 (2000-2009)
Columbus Bullies Multiple leagues
Columbus Wardogs AF2 (2000-2009)
Corpus Christi Hammerheads Indoor Football League (2008-09)
CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves College football
Daytona Beach Hawgs Arena leagues
East Texas SaberKats Women's leagues
Florida Firecats AF2 (2000-2009)
Fort Wayne FireHawks Arena leagues
Frankfurt Galaxy WLAF/NFL Europe (1991-2007)
Fresno Frenzy AF2 (2000-2009)
Garden City Broncbusters College football
Georgia Doom Arena leagues
Grand Rapids Rampage Arena Football League (1987-?)
Gulf Coast Monarchy Women's leagues
Halifax Xplosion Women's leagues
Hamburg Sea Devils WLAF/NFL Europe (1991-2007)
Hampton Roads Riptides Arena leagues
Houston Hotshots AFA (1978-83)
Houston Pride of Texas World Football League (2008-10)
Houston ThunderBears Arena Football League (1987-?)
Idaho Vandals College football
Iowa Barnstormers Arena leagues
Jacksonville Sunbirds AFA (1978-83)
Kansas Koyotes Arena leagues
Keystone Assault Women's leagues
Kissimmee Kreatures Arena leagues
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Indoor Football League (2008-09)
London Beefeaters Canadian football
Los Angeles Kiss Arena Football League (1987-?)
Louisiana Bayou Beast Arena leagues
Louisiana Bayou Storm Surge Women's leagues
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns College football
Louisiana Swashbucklers Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks College football
Louisville Bourbons AFL South (1934)
Louisville Tanks Midwest Football League (1935-39)
Marshall Thundering Herd College football
McDaniel Green Terror College football
Medicine Hat Maurauders Canadian football
Memphis Maniax XFL 1.0 (2001)
Memphis Showboats USFL (1983-86)
Memphis Xplorers AF2 (2000-2009)
Miami Valley Silverbacks Arena leagues
Mid-Missouri Outlaws Arena leagues
Minnesota Havok Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Mississippi Fire Dogs Arena leagues
Mississippi Headhunters AF2 (2000-2009)
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils College football
Montgomery Maulers Arena leagues
Music City Mizfits Women's leagues
Myrtle Beach Stingrays Arena leagues
Naugatuck Valley Riverdawgs New England Football League (1984-?)
Nebraska Danger Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Nebraska Nite Hawks Women's leagues
New Haven Ninjas AF2 (2000-2009)
New Orleans VooDoo Arena Football League (1987-?)
New York/New Jersey Hitmen XFL 1.0 (2001)
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Golden Norse College football
Northern Kentucky Nightmare Arena leagues
Northern Kentucky River Monsters Arena leagues
Notre Dame Fighting Irish College football
Oakland Banshees Women's leagues
Odessa-Midland Comets Texas Football League (1966-71)
Ohio Northern Polar Bears College football
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Arena leagues
Okotoks Lady Outlawz Women's leagues
Omaha Beef Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Omaha Mammoths FXFL (2014-15)
Oregon Lightning Bolts Professional Spring Football League (1992)
Orlando Anarchy Women's leagues
Osceola Ghostriders Arena leagues
Ottawa Bootleggers Canadian football
Palm Beach Makos Florida Football Alliance (2008-?)
Pennsylvania Immortalz A7FL (2014-?)
Phoenix Phantomz Women's leagues
Regina Riot Women's leagues
RiverCity Rage Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Sam Houston State Bearkats College football
San Antonio Gunslingers USFL (1983-86)
San Diego Gunners NWIL/AFL IV (1942-44)
San Diego Strike Force Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Schuylkill County Coal Crackers Seaboard Football League (1971-74)
South Carolina Gamecocks College football
South Shore Monarx Canadian football
Southeast Florida Reapers Florida Football Alliance (2008-?)
Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm College football
Southern Maine Raging Bulls New England Football League (1984-?)
Spanktown Boyz A7FL (2014-?)
St. Francis Xavier X-Men Canadian college football
St. Louis BattleHawks XFL 2.0 (2020-?)
Staten Island Xtreme Arena leagues
Stony Brook Seawolves College football
Super City Mean Green Canadian football
Swampdogs F.C. Stars Football League (2011-13)
TCU Horned Frogs College football
Tennessee River Sharks Arena leagues
Tennessee Valley Raptors Arena leagues
Texas Terminators Arena leagues
Toronto Rifles Continental Football League (1965-69)
Tucson Thunder Kats Indoor Football League (2008-09)
Tupelo FireAnts Arena leagues
Upstate Dragons Arena leagues
Utah Catzz Arena leagues
Utah Falconz Women's leagues
Vermont Ice Storm Empire Football League (1969-?)
Waco Madbears Women's leagues
Wake Forest Demon Deacons College football
Wenatchee Valley Venom Indoor Football League (2008-09)
West Florida Argonauts College football
West Michigan ThunderHawks Indoor Football League (2008-09)
West Texas Rufneks Continental Football League (1965-69)
Wichita Falls Diablos Arena leagues
Yakima Shockwave Arena leagues