2000 News


Veteran Pro Football Executive Steve Ortmayer Joins XFL-Memphis
July 28, 2000
STAMFORD, Conn. & MEMPHIS, Tenn.--July 28, 2000--The XFL, a professional football league jointly owned and operated by WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWE) and NBC, today named Steve Ortmayer Director of Player Personnel of the Memphis team.

Steve Ehrhart, General Manager of XFL-Memphis, announced today that Steve Ortmayer, an NFL executive with 25 years experience will be joining the Memphis team immediately.

"Steve is one of the great personnel and football operations guys in the country, and we are proud to have him join us in Memphis,'' said Ehrhart. "This will send a message to our Memphis fans that we will have a first-class organization, and there is nobody better to build a team than Steve Ortmayer.''

Ortmayer has an outstanding background in both college football and the NFL. He was head of football operations for three different NFL franchises. In addition to his administrative duties, he has coached extensively at the NFL level as well as collegiately at the University of Colorado and Georgia Tech.

He was instrumental in the success of the Oakland/L.A. Raider's franchise spanning three decades. He served in a number of capacities ranging from assistant coach to Director of Football Operations. The Raiders had a great record during his tenure and twice he was on the sidelines when the Raiders won both Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII.

In 1987 he moved to the San Diego Chargers as General Manager. He is credited with signing the young players which led to the Chargers' resurgence in the early 1990s.

In 1995 as Vice President of Football Operations of the L.A. Rams, Ortmayer oversaw the move from Los Angeles to St. Louis. During his tenure with the Rams, he helped lay the foundation for the Super Bowl run last year.

Ortmayer, who was in Memphis for the announcement, said, "The excitement and commitment of the Memphis community, the XFL, the WWE, and NBC is something I have not seen in many years. We are looking forward to putting an exciting and competitive team on the field immediately.''

Ortmayer has coached in 5 college bowl games and for eight NFL playoff teams, in addition to his two Super Bowl wins with the Raiders. Now in his 26th season in the professional football ranks, Ortmayer brings a wealth of operations and personnel knowledge that will certainly enhance the Memphis team.

The Memphis organization has already received thousands of reservations for game tickets through XFL.com, the league's official web site. Fans can receive their priority number by logging onto www.xfl.com and filling out the ticket form. The team will host five home games at the Liberty Bowl commencing on February 3, 2000.