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The Chicago Slaughter was an American professional football team based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Having been inactive since 2013, the franchise was a part of the CIFL from 2007 to 2009, winning the championship in 2009. The Slaughter joined the Indoor Football League at the start of the 2010 season. The Slaughter played their home games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

Chicago Slaughter
Established 2006
Folded 2013
Played in Sears Centre
in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Chicago Slaughter logo
League/conference affiliations
Continental Indoor Football League (2007–2009)
  • Great Lakes Conference (2007–2008)
    • West Division (2008–2009)

Indoor Football League (20102013)

  • United Conference (2010–2013)
    • Central North (2010)
    • Great Lakes (2011)
Team colorsBlack, red, white, silver
MascotSergeant Slaughter
CheerleadersSlaughter Girls
ChairmanArney Silvestri
PresidentArney Silvestri
General managerAlan Perkins
Head coachSteve McMichael
Team history
  • Chicago Slaughter (2007–2013)
League championships (1)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (2)
2008, 2009
Playoff appearances (5)
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Home arena(s)

Team historyEdit

Formation of the teamEdit

The original team name was considered to be the "Foxes", until Steve McMichael suggested they should have a name which reflected the working people of Chicago like the meatpackers of the old Chicago Stockyards. They play their home games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.[1] The team was originally intended to be a part of United Indoor Football, but did not join due to a dispute with the league.

The team interviewed William "The Refrigerator" Perry and Steve McMichael from the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX championship team for the head coaching position. The aim was to appeal to local fans' affinity for McMichael and Perry and to take advantage of McMichael's love of hard-nosed, tough football.[2] McMichael accepted the job as head coach, while Perry rejected the offer as Director of Football Operations (citing no desire to relocate back to Chicago).


During the team's inaugural 2007 season in the CIFL, the Slaughter recorded an overall record of 10-4. After going 9-3 in the regular season, the Slaughter reached the divisional semi-finals in the league playoffs.

The 2008 season saw the Chicago Slaughter suffer a slow start, going 2-3 in their first 5 games. However, the Slaughter rallied around head coach Steve McMichael and won 6 out of their next 7 games to finish the regular season at 8-4, winning the Western division title. Unfortunately, the Slaughter then suffered a disappointing first round playoff loss to divisional rival, Rock River, to end their season.

In 2009, the Slaughter signed seven players from the Chicago Rush when the Arena Football League cancelled the 2009 season, including Donovan Morgan, Reggie Gray, Bobby Sippio, and eventual CIFL league MVP Russ Michna.[3] The Chicago Slaughter averaged over 65 points per game and outscored their opponents by almost an average of 30 points per game, going 14-0 for the season. On June 27, 2009, the Slaughter won the CIFL championship.[4]

After the completion of the 2009 season, rumors began circulating that the Slaughter would be leaving the CIFL to join the IFL for the 2010 season. On October 27, 2009, the Chicago Slaughter announced that it was moving to the Indoor Football League, a much larger and more national league.


On January 7, 2010, the Chicago Slaughter announced that Jarrett Payton, son of NFL running back Walter Payton, would be playing for the team in 2010. In February 2010, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon joined the Chicago Slaughter as new team owner.



The team signed Juice Williams to be their quarterback.[5]


For the 2014 season, the Slaughter re-joined the CIFL.[6] Before the season began, the Slaughter announced that they would not play the 2014 season. By this time, the Slaughter had ceased operations. [7]

Notable playersEdit

Final rosterEdit

Chicago Slaughter roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen
  • Currently vacant

Defensive Linemen


  • Currently vacant
Defensive Backs


  • Currently vacant
Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated December 6, 2013
  • 7 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

Former playersEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

The following is a list of all Chicago Slaughter players who have won league Awards

Season Player Position Award
2009 Russ Michna Quarterback CIFL MVP
2009 Russ Michna Quarterback CIFL Offensive Player of the Year
2013 Cody Kirby Quarterback IFL Rookie of the Year

Notable coachesEdit

Head coachesEdit

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013 CIFL season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Steve McMichael 20072013 58 34 0 .630 4 4
Michael Oliver 2014 0 0 0 0 0

Coaching staffEdit

Chicago Slaughter staff
Front Office
  • Assistant GM – Brian Hendricks
  • Season Ticket Holder Relations Manager – William Moffatt

Head Coach

  • Head Coach -

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator –
  • Offensive Line –

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator –

Special Teams Coaches

  • Coordinator -


League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2007 2007 CIFL Great Lakes 3rd 9 3 0 Won Great Lakes Qualifier (Miami Valley) 60-28
Lost Divisional Semifinal (Kalamazoo) 51-40
2008 2008 CIFL Great Lakes West 1st 8 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Rock River) 54-39
2009 2009 CIFL West 1st 12 0 0 Won Division Championship (Wisconsin) 63-19
Won CIFL Championship Game (Fort Wayne) 58-48
2010 2010 IFL United Central North 3rd 6 8 0 Won Round 1 (Green Bay) 46-39
Lost Conference Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 47-33
2011 2011 IFL United Great Lakes 3rd 8 6 0 Lost Round 1 (Reading) 76-33
2012 2012 IFL United 6th 6 8 0
2013 2013 IFL United 3rd 9 5 0
Totals 58 34 0 All-time regular season record (2007–2013)
4 4 - All-time postseason record (2007–2013)
62 38 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2007–2013)


  1. ^ Chicago Slaughter History Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  2. ^ (2006-11-06). Members of 1985 Chicago Bears interview with new indoor football team Retrieved 2011-01-05.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Jon. (2009-06-24). Mongo seeking perfection Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  4. ^ "Slaughter win CIFL championship". 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  5. ^ LeGere, Bob (February 22, 2013). "Slaughter opens home season with ex-Illini QB at controls". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, Illinois. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Chicago Slaughter Return to CIFL". OurSports Central. October 18, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Chicago Slaughter cancels season at Sears Centre". Daily Herald. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014.

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