Lincoln Capitols

The Lincoln Capitols were a professional indoor football team that played their home games at Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. They originally planned on becoming the Nebraska Knockout, but the name was scrapped. From 1999 to 2000, they were the Lincoln Lightning of the original Indoor Football League before the IFL was bought out. The Lightning then played in the Arena Football's farm league during the 2001 season,[1] before leaving the league[2] and joining the National Indoor Football League as the Capitols. During their four-year run, the franchise's most prominent player was a former Nebraska Cornhusker running back named Damon Benning and the franchise's owner was Andrew Cheesman. In 2005 through 2006 they had 3 standout players, Nate Jacks from Atlanta, Ga, a graduate from Clinton High School, Mike Carrawell from St. Louis, MO and Brian Guthrie from National City,CA (San Jose State)The trio with Coach Chris Simpson, who brought the two kick returners in to play two roles. Brian Guthrie came in as DB/LB/RB,Mike was an All-American slot receiver from Quincy University and Nate was a shutdown corner back from KU.[citation needed]

Lincoln Capitols
Established 1998
Folded 2006
Played in Lincoln, Nebraska
at the Pershing Center
League/conference affiliations
Indoor Football League (1999-2000)

af2 (2001)

National Indoor Football League (2002-2006)
Team colorsRed, White, Blue
Owner(s)Bruce Bailey
Head coachChris Simpson, Mike Dixon, Nate Jacks (Jack Jax), Ty Goode
Team history
  • Lincoln Lightning (1999-2001)
  • Lincoln Capitols (2002–2006)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (2)
1999 (IFL), 2002 (NIFL)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (3)
1999 (IFL), 2000 (IFL), 2002 (NIFL)
Home arena(s)

This team in Lincoln has been a pushover for most of the team's history, despite being successful in the regular season. They are the only team to lose in two shutouts, a rarity in the NIFL.[citation needed]

The league, hoping to kill off their APFL competition and make the Capitols better, talked with the St. Joseph Explorers of the APFL and interested them in merging with the Lincoln Capitols and becoming the St. Joseph Storm. The team was still bad and was later bought by the league and made a traveling team. The end result was prospective owners saw NIFL as a league to avoid which was a major factor in the league's problems in 2007.


Season records
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Lincoln Lightning (IFL)
1999 7 5 0 1st Southern Lost Semifinal (Green Bay)
2000 10 4 0 2nd Southern Lost Round 1 (Sioux City)
Lincoln Lightning (af2)
2001 6 10 0 7th NC Midwestern --
Lincoln Capitols (NIFL)
2002 10 4 0 1st Pacific Northern Lost Round 1 (Billings 54, Lincoln 51)
2003 9 5 0 2nd Pacific Northern --
2004 3 11 0 4th Pacific Northern --
2005 1 13 0 5th Pacific Western --
Lincoln Capitols/St. Joseph Explorers
2006 0 14 0 3rd Pacific Western --
Totals 46 69 0 (including playoffs)


  1. ^ "af2 adds six expansion teams". OurSports Central. October 30, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Lightning will not play in '02". OurSports Central. February 8, 2002. Retrieved July 20, 2017.

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