Hall of Fame

Aaron Hernandez, 2017

In the inaugural 2012 season of the Electric Horsemen he would split time at tight end, but it was Aaron who would remain the highest scoring tight end in franchise history until surpassed midway through the 2015 season.

He was, perhaps, everything that was wrong with the franchise in its beginnings. The Horsemen would not make the playoffs in any year that Hernandez was on the roster (2012-2013), but would shine and make an appearance in the championship game in each year after (until at least his death).

He, along with Matt Forte, Victor Cruz, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan and Alfred Morris, would be selected to the original keeper class of 2013 – and would be promptly arrested a month later on June 26th, 2013. He was the first keeper in the COL to not see a down of football after the ceremony, as well as the first player to earn his owner an arrest fine.

Upon his death on April 19th, 2017 (nearly 4 years after leaving the team for prison), he was still the 28th leading scorer in the history of the franchise and 2nd leading tight end with 60 points over 7 starts for an average of 8.57 PPG. He will be remembered for eternity as the greatest hooligan in league history.

Matt Forte, 2018

In a year where each team was drafting a core to take them to the promised land for years to come, the Electric Horsemen would chose Matt Forte with the 2.01 – the 11th overall pick in Cosmopolitan Outlaw League history and the second pick in franchise history. He would set a precedent for future Horsemen in years to come, and also help to mold the owner that took him with such a lofty draft position.

Before the ‘Touchdowns are my Forte’ shirt there were no player shirts… there are now dozens of shirts representing members of the Horsemen. Before Matt Forte there were no player figurines… but now, similar to shirts, there are dozens of them – representing the heroes of the past and present of the Electric Horsemen. To put it mildly, he was a trendsetter.

Years after the 2015 trade that sent him and a 1st round pick to Legs With Holes for Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte remains the highest scoring running back in team history with 538 total points despite being surpassed in starts by Lamar Miller and Alfred Morris. He also would boast an impressive 13.79 PPG over a strong 39 game sample size. He would reach the 2014 championship game in his final game as a Horseman – but they would fall short… and he would never see another playoff game for the remainder of his career.

Where Hernandez was the greatest hooligan of all-time, Matt may be remembered as the greatest non-hooligan of all-time. He was a true gentleman and a scholar and will be forever cherished as one of the greatest Horsemen of all time.

Antonio Brown, 2022

While Antonio wasn’t part of the inaugural draft, he would join the Horsemen in 2013 after being cast away by Bumpy’s Berries – who decided to keep Vick Ballard and Colin Kaepernick over him. It was a dream pairing. Emmanuel Sanders’ departure to Denver freed up a massive workload, and he would quickly take advantage. His streak of wide receiver finishes in the top 5 were something to behold. From 2014 to 2018 he would finish WR1, WR2, WR1, WR1, WR2 – and was one of the few players to make the franchise tag a worthwhile endeavor.

Antonio would become the spirit animal of the Electric Horsemen. His on field domination and off field antics were representative of the greatest era of Horsemen lore. He would be a part of all 5 championship squads (’15, ’16, ’17, ’19) and was surpassed by only Julio Jones in starts and points. He finished his career with the Horsemen in 2020 after a tumultuous run between the Steelers, Raiders and Patriots – a parting of ways that was difficult for all involved.

His 77 starts and 1,179.8 points will likely not be surpassed by another wide receiver for a very long time.


Todd Gurley, 2022