Coming In, Going Out (1988)Edit
The New England Steamrollers were one of four expansion teams to enter the AFL in 1988, the other three being the New York Knights, Detroit Drive, and Los Angeles Cobras. They served under rookie head coach Babe Parilli, and, like the New York Knights, suffered from inconsistent quarterback play throughout the season. The Steamrollers opened up the season going 0-3 in the first three weeks, including a 26-82 thrashing by the Pittsburgh Gladiators. Their first victory came against the New York Knights in week four. They would lose their next three games after that. Their second win of the season came against the same opponent, the New York Knights, in a 33-28 contest. The Steamrollers wouldn't win again until the final game of the season against the Pittsburgh Gladiators. The Steamrollers finished the 1988 AFL season with an overall record of 3-9.
Prior to the 1989 AFL season, the team announced that they would shut down all football operations.