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The Cincinnati Crusaders are a Division III team in Blitz the League I and II. They were one of 15 recurring teams from the original Blitz the League game. The Crusaders were known for being a cell dweller and one of the weakest teams in the League. Their team captain is Ezekiel Freeman.

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The Crusaders joined the League in 1978 as an expansion team. The Crusaders nickname was originally intended for the New York franchise, but that city rejected the name in favor of the New York Nightmare, so the Crusaders name was given to the Cincinnati franchise instead. A coin flip determined that the Crusaders would begin in Division II.

The "Ear" Controversy and Fall to Division IIIEdit

In 2003 controversay arose over an incident between Crusaders TE Xavier Fillmore and Baltimore Bearcats LB Bruno Battaglia. Battaglia plowed Fillmore into a metal bench with an out of bounds hit, severing his ear. When the teams met again in Cincinnati, Battaglia wore an ear on a chain around his neck. While the ear was later proven to be a fake, the fans nearly rioted, and Battaglia earned himself a police escort off the field. By 2004 the Crusaders had fallen down in to Division III, a division created by a merger between The League and Clive Hanson's Scrub League.

Going into Blitz IEdit

The star on their offense was running back Kwazi Mbutabe. The Crusaders are nicknamed the "Altar Boys" due to their constant whining about the lack of respect the team is shown. Most stars who play for the Crusaders are often lured away for more money and out of dissatisfaction with the team's losing ways.

Going into Blitz IIEdit

Sometime between the two Blitz games Mbutabe fell out of favor with the Crusaders and he was shipped off to the Baltimore Bearcats. They used the added revenue to get star defensive back Ezekial Freeman from the now defunct San Diego Cyclones.


Team Info

Team Captain:

HB Kwazi Mbutabe (2001 - 2005)

FS Ezekiel Freeman (2006 - Present)

Stadium

Crusader Stadium (1978 - present)

Cincinnati Crusaders Roster (BTL I)
Quarterbacks
  • 13 Reilly Brennan QB
  • 5 Phillip Armstrong QB
  • 3 Billy Harping QB



Running Backs

  • 30 Kwazi Mbutabe HB
  • 34 Darryl Witman HB
  • 25 Greg Smith RB
  • 46 Joe Broni FB
  • 38 Calvin Neal FB




Wide Receivers

  • 89 Tyrone Amaris WR
  • 82 Cedrick Miles WR
  • 80 Charlie Thomas WR
  • 81 Wayne Rogers WR
  • 85 Nate Jasper WR




Tight Ends

  • 83 Kevin Thomas TE
  • 84 Brian Gage TE
  • 87 Jerome Martin TE




Offensive Line

  • 72 ?. Jackson C
  • 68 ?. Dodge G
  • 71 ?. Colton G

Defensive Line

  • 97 ?. Drones DE
  • 84 ?. West DE
  • 93 ?. Willis DT



Linebackers

  • 55 Trent Goodman LB
  • 50 David Dawson LB
  • 58 Hal Ridge LB
  • 52 Darryl Keena LB




Defensive Backs

  • 22 Vance Simmons CB
  • 31 William Ball CB
  • 29 Ceaser Val S
  • 34 Sedrick Dwight S




Special Teams

  • 12 Avery McKenna K
  • 4 Alan Skakker P


Cincinnati Crusaders Roster (BTL II)
Quarterbacks
  • 13 Reilly Brennan QB
  • 5 Phillip Armstrong QB
  • 3 Billy Harping QB


Running Backs

  • 40 Willie Rhodes HB
  • 23 C. Frost HB
  • 33 ?. Landon HB
  • 46 Joe Broni FB


Wide Receivers

  • 89 Tico Hernandez WR
  • 82 Cedrick Miles WR
  • 80 Charlie Thomas WR
  • 81 Wayne Rogers WR
  • 85 Nate Jasper WR


Tight Ends

  • 83 Jerome Martin TE
  • 84 Brian Gage TE
  • 87 Tosh Daniels- Heap TE


Offensive Line

  • 72 ?. Jackson C
  • 60 Rex Ryan C
  • 68 K. Dodge LG
  • 69 ?. Hoffman LG
  • 61 Phillip Banks LT
  • 62 Johnny Howard LT
  • 71 D. Colton RG
  • 61 ?. Stabb RG
  • 74 Gary Fredericks LG
  • 66 Todd Thompson RT
  • 66 Lawrence Gonzalez RT

Defensive Line

  • 97 C. Drones LE
  • 91 ?. Loken LE
  • 93 ?. Cordova RE
  • 90 L. Willis DT
  • 96 ?. Burnley DT
  • 70 Marvin Williams DT
  • 73 Tony Parker DE
  • 77 Gene Atwater DT



Linebackers

  • 55 Trent Goodman LB
  • 50 David Dawson LB
  • 58 Hal Ridge LB
  • 57 Calvin Genovese LB
  • 98 ?. Wadsworth LB
  • 52 Mike Miller LB



Defensive Backs

  • 20 R. Shaeve CB
  • 31 William Ball CB
  • 26 ?. Carpenter CB
  • 29 Ceaser Val SS
  • 30 ?. Grubbs SS
  • 23 Kevin Irving FS
  • 34 ?. Dwight FS
  • 39 Roderick Sharpe CB



Special Teams

  • 6 ?. Mazza K
  • 4 Alan Skakker P

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