New York Guardians
The New York Guardians are a professional American football team based in New York City, New York. The team is an owned-and-operated member of the new XFL founded by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. The team will play its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
|Team history||New York Guardians|
|Based in||New York, New York|
East Rutherford, New Jersey
|Colors||Black, grey, red|
|Owner||Alpha Entertainment, LLC|
|Head coach||Kevin Gilbride|
|General manager||Kevin Gilbride|
The team is coached by Kevin Gilbride, a longtime offensive coordinator in the NFL (most recently with a ten-season stint with the Giants). Gilbride comes out of a six-year retirement to join the XFL; his hiring was announced April 16, 2019.
The team's name and colors were revealed August 21, 2019, as part of a league-wide announcement. Its imagery borrows from gargoyles, monster-shaped structures that grace many buildings in New York City and, mythologically, protect the building and city from nefarious spirits.
Background and market overview
New York is one of two metropolitan areas, the other being Los Angeles, to have hosted teams in both the original XFL in 2001 and the 2020 XFL; the New York/New Jersey Hitmen were the Guardians' predecessors in the previous league.
The New York metropolitan area has 16 professional teams in some form or another, including three NHL teams, two NBA teams and two MLS teams whose seasons substantially overlap with the XFL's. The Guardians (despite carrying a New York brand) are locally marketing themselves as a New Jersey franchise to differentiate themselves from the other teams in the region.
New York Guardians staff
New York Guardians roster
- "New York Guardians' uniforms, helmet". XFL.com (Press release). December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
- Gabrielle Saulsbery (November 18, 2019). Guardian state. NJ BIZ. Retrieved November 18, 2019.