The Chicago Rush is a team in the Arena Football League. They began play as a 2001 expansion team.
The Rush have made the playoffs every year in the franchise's short history, and so far, they have made one ArenaBowl appearance. In their inaugural year (2001), the Rush won their very first playoff game, beating the Orlando Predators 41-26, but lost to the eventual ArenaBowl XV champion Grand Rapids Rampage 53-21. In 2002, the Rush won the Central division and received a bye in the playoffs. They defeated the Dallas Desperados 60-47, but fell in the semifinals to the Arizona Rattlers 46-35. In 2003, the Rush had a .500 regular season, yet got into the playoffs. They fell in Round 1 to the New York Dragons 48-45. In 2004, the Rush won the Central division with an 11-5 record. They won their first round game 59-49 over the Orlando Predators, but they fell in the semifinals to the eventual ArenaBowl XVIII champion San Jose SaberCats 49-35. In 2005, they went to the AFL playoffs as the #3 seed in the American Conference. They won the conference semifinal over the Los Angeles Avengers 52-45, but ended up losing the American Conference Championship Game to the eventual ArenaBowl XIX Champion Colorado Crush in overtime, with a final score of 49-43. That game became known as the "Confetti Game", due to an arena employee firing a confetti cannon prematurely, when the game was extended due to a defensive penalty on the final play. After a ten minute delay to clean the confetti, the Rush were able to tie the game on the untimed down, forcing the overtime period.
In 2006, despite their first losing record of 7-9, the Rush got into the playoffs, receiving the #5 seed in the American Conference. In the playoffs, the Rush managed to pull off key upsets. In the Wild Card Round, the Rush defeated the fourth-seeded Nashville Kats 55-47. In the Divisional Round, Chicago managed to pull off a huge upset by taking down the defending champion Colorado Crush, 63-46. In the Conference Championship they upset the second-seeded San Jose SaberCats 59-56, giving the Rush their very first ArenaBowl appearance in franchise history.
In ArenaBowl XX, the Rush defeated the Orlando Predators, 69-61, to give Chicago their first Arena Bowl title. Quarterback Matt D'Orazio was Offensive Player of the Game, wide receiver/defensive back Dennison Robinson took Defensive Player of the Game honors, and fullback/linebacker Bob McMillen was named the Ironman of the Game. With the win, the Rush became the first team with a losing regular-season record to win a championship in any sport since the 1937-38 Chicago Blackhawks.
In 2007 they won the American Conference Central Division with a record of 12-4. They defeated the L.A. Avengers on June 9th, 2007 in the divisional finals. They then played the San Jose SaberCats for the conference final, yet they came up short losing 61-49.
|Uniform #||Player||Position||Height||Weight (lb)||AFL Experience(yrs)||College|
|23||DeJuan Alfonzo||WR/LB||6'0"||205||6||Indiana St.|
|45||Erik Arevalo||FB||6'4"||285||0||Azusa Pacific|
|13||Sherdrick Bonner||QB||6'4"||245||14||Cal-State Northridge|
|94||Robert Boss||OL/DL||6'5"||296||0||N. Michigan|
|9||Ryan Dennard||WR||6'3"||215||2||Arizona St.|
|56||Beau Elliot||OL||6'3"||320||0||Indiana (PA)|
|4||Paul Edinger||K||6'1"||200||4||Portland St.|
|80||Reggie Gray||WR||5'11"||170||0||W. Illinois|
|1||Damian Harrell||WR||6'3"||182||9||Florida St.|
|25||Matt Kinsigner||FB||6'1"||262||7||Slippery Rock|
|90||Ben McCombs||DL||6'3"||260||0||Mid-America Nazarene|
|8||Russ Michna||QB||6'2"||220||1||W. Illinois|
|99||John Moyer||OL/DL||6'3"||265||9||E. Illinois|
|20||Jonathan Ordway||DB||5'10"||178||5||Boston College|
|21||Dennison Robinson||WR/DB||6'0"||195||6||W. Georgia|
|7||James Sadler||WR/DB||6'0"||205||1||SW Oklahoma|
|98||John Sikora||OL/DL||6'4"||280||8||Slippery Rock|
|58||Khreem Smith||OL/DL||6'4"||270||1||Oklahoma St.|
|97||Demetrios Walker||DL||6'3"||260||0||M. Tenn. St.|
|75||Nick Zeck||DL||6'4"||290||0||Lakeland College|