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Rough Riders Gallop Into Peoria
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January 3, 2005 - Peoria, IL- Peoria’s Indoor Football Team has a new named picked from among some 200 entrants and will be known as the Peoria Rough Riders. The logo is an image of a gray horse head racing forward with interlaced letter R’s on it’s neck and a mane in multi shades of gold flying in the breeze.

“Peoria has the greatest fans and their support for the team over these past years has been outstanding. We wanted something that they could be proud of and enjoy. This suggestion from among the hundreds fans submitted fits the bill. It’s a great football name with an exciting looking logo,” said Pat Ward owner of the Peoria Rough Riders.

The official team colors are gold, black and silver. Steve Wilson submitted the winning entry. Wilson is the Director of Advertising and Communications at Proctor hospital and is a season ticket holder. Wilson says he was looking to submit a great football name and started brainstorming eventually submitting several names. This one has some special meaning for him because it was the nickname of the teams at Peoria’s Roosevelt Junior High. His brother attended school at Roosevelt Junior High School..

“I wanted to come up with something that had a rough and rugged sound to it; a powerful football name. I’d love to see the fans in Peoria step it up a notch and make Peoria one hellish place to play. I‘d like it to be a place that is loud and nasty and a place our opponents absolutely dread," said Wilson.
Wilson wins the following item for submitting the wining entry:
• Tickets for his family to the 2005 Peoria Indoor Football Season home opener
• An authentic replica of a the new team jersey
• The opportunity to lead the team (or name someone to lead) on to the field for the first game of 2005
• Autographed framed copy of the logo with a name plate commemorating his successful entry

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