Chicago Slaughter

Years of Existence: 2010-2013
Venue: Sears Centre (Hoffman Estates, IL)
2010 Quarterfinals appearance
2011 - Playoff appearance
2012 -
2013 -
Lifetime Record: 30-29
Home: 19-9
Away: 11-20
Playoffs: 1-2
Average Attendance: 4,952

The Chicago Slaughter joined the IFL after leaving the CIFL. Randy Hutchinson and Tavares Woodley quarterbacked the team to a 6-8 regular season record, throwing for 40 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Reggie Gray was on the receiving end of 20 of those scores, while De'Cody Fagg caught 12 of his own. The two combined for 1,368 yards. Jarrett Payton led the ground game, rushing for 322 yards and 12 scores. The Slaughter forced 41 turnovers. The team qualified for the playoffs and played at Green Bay. The Blizzard had lost to Chicago at home early in the year, 46-43. With under 30 seconds to go, Chicago led the playoff game 39-37. While trying to run the clock out, Green Bay was awarded a safety on a fumbled snap. The game was tied at 39 and Green bay received the kickoff. On the first play, the Slaughter intercepted the ball and returned it for the winning touchdown. Chicago advanced to play Sioux Falls and was defeated 47-33. Indoor football veteran Ben Sankey led the Slaughter into the 2011 season. He played the first nine games of the season, leading the team to a 6-3 record before falling victim to injury. The Slaughter won the 2011 Kickoff Classic game over La Crosse 69-48 before dropping a 39-36 decision to Chris Dixon and the Omaha Beef. The team played several close games, winning by four in the final seconds against Reading, winning by one against Kent and losing by five in Fairbanks. Back-to-back three point wins against division winning Green Bay and on the road at Richmond helped propel the team to an 8-3 record. The last two games were started by familiar former Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. While Sankey thre for 28 touchdowns, nine picks, and 1,650 yards, Williams put up 250 yards, six scores and five picks in his two losses. Shatone Powers and James Robinson combined for 31 receiving scores and 1,440 yards. Kevin Grady scored eleven times and gained 359 rushing yards. After defeating Reading in Chicago early in the year, the Slaughter would head to Pennsylvania for a playoff rematch. The Express took a 48-27 lead in the opening seconds of the third quarter. Chicago would score quickly and recover an onside kick, but would be held at bay in a 35-6 second half drubbing. Reading bounced the Slaughter from the IFL playoffs by a count of 76 to 33. Perry Patterson led the Slaughter into the 2012 season, throwing for 2,068 yards, 38 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The team had no 300 yard receivers, but Juice Williams remained a part of the team, splitting limited time at quarterback and wide receiver. The story for the Slaugher was Daniel DuFrene, who ran for 497 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Slaughter won the IFL's Kick-Off Classic over Bloomington, but followed that up with six consecutive losses. Winning five of their last seven helped the Slaughter nearly salvage their season and make the playoffs, but a double overtime loss to Lehigh Valley in the final week would be the season's undoing. Earlier in the season, Chicago won on the road at Lehigh Valley in four overtimes. Cody Kirby led the Slaughter into the 2013 campaign, passing for 1,993 yards, 39 touchdowns and six picks. Juice Williams stayed on the team as a wide receiver, catching 55 passes for 509 yards and eleven touchdowns. Daniel DuFrene ran for 532 yards and thirteen scores. Notably, the Slaughter defeated Green Bay all three times they faced them and even defeated them in the final regular season game, where only some Slaughter players made the road trip due to financial issues. The team missed the playoffs in a tiebreak, despite a 9-5 regular season record.