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Memphis Pharaohs

This article is about a football team. For a country music band, see The Willis Brothers.
Oklahoma Wranglers
Oklahoma Wranglers
Founded 1995
Folded 2001
League Arena Football League
Team history Memphis Pharaohs (1995–1996)
Portland Forest Dragons (1997–1999)

The Oklahoma Wranglers was the final name of a team in the Arena Football League that had previously played as the Memphis Pharaohs and Portland Forest Dragons. The team played at the Myriad, now known as the Cox Convention Center, in downtown Oklahoma City.


Memphis Pharaohs (1995-1996)

The Memphis Pharaohs played at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee in 1995 and 1996. The team was named the Pharaohs because the capital of ancient Egypt was Memphis, Egypt, and because they literally played their home games in a pyramid.

Portland Forest Dragons (1997-1999)

After a winless 1996 season, the team relocated to Portland, Oregon where they played for three seasons as the Portland Forest Dragons. In years of 1997, 1998, and 1999, the Forest Dragons complied records of 2-12, 4-10, and 7-7, never making the playoffs while in Portland. During the 1998 season the team featured receiver Oronde Gadsden, who won the league's Rookie Of The Year award, and went on to sign with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

Oklahoma Wranglers (2000-2001)

After three seasons in Portland, the franchise relocated again, this time to Oklahoma City. The move happened after the franchise owner attempted and failed to sell the team to an owner committed to keeping the team in Portland. After relocating, the team changed their name to the Oklahoma Wranglers. The team played in Oklahoma City for two seasons before being disbanded by the league after the 2001 season.


AFL Hall of Famers

  • Ben Bennett

External links

  • AFL Official Website
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