In the pantheon of the USFL, the name of Mike Hohensee doesn't admittedly come up that often.  Aside from throwing the first touchdown pass in Feds history, his career in the league, which consisted of two years at quarterback with the Washington Federals, didn't amount to much.

Fortunately that's not all Hohensee will be remembered for.  After leaving the USFL following the 1984 season he played in the CFL in 1985, then joined the Chicago Bears as a replacement player during the NFL's 1987 players strike.  But it would be in the Arena Football League where Mike Hohensee would make his mark, both on the field and the sidelines.

The quarterback for the AFL's Pittsburgh Gladiators in 1987, Hohensee holds the distinction of throwing the league's first-ever touchdown pass.  Hohensee guided the G-Men to the first-ever ArenaBowl that year, playing for two years before retiring from the game to get into coaching.  As the coach of five different AFL teams in the ensuing years, Hohensee has put together some of the league's most competitive teams, including building a 2001 expansion team, the Chicago Rush, into a perennial AFL power and the winners of ArenaBowl XX in 2006.


Washington Federals,
Portland Breakers


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