Carolina Cobras

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Carolina Cobras
Carolina Cobras
Founded 2000
Folded 2004
League Arena Football League
Conference National
Division Southern (2000, 20022003)
Eastern (2001, 2004)
Based in Raleigh, North Carolina (2000–2002)
Charlotte, North Carolina (2003–2004)
Arena Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena (2000–2002)
Charlotte Coliseum (2003–2004)
Colors Red, Gold
Owner(s) Pete Loftin
Head coach Ron Selesky
Playoff berths 2: (2001, 2002)

The Carolina Cobras were an expansion franchise in the Arena Football League. The team was formed prior to the 2000 season, which endured a player strike.

The team was originally based in Raleigh, North Carolina, but moved to Charlotte following its third season.


They played their home games in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena (now called the PNC Arena) prior to the 2003 season. The team was based in the Charlotte Coliseum through 2004. Coaching staff included: Ed Khayat, John Gregory, Ron Selesky, Ray Jauch, Rich Salzer. On September 20, 2004, prior to the arrival of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, the league announced the termination of this franchise; its players were made available to the other AFL teams in a dispersal draft.


The Cobras' legacy in Charlotte was actually meant to fill open dates at the Charlotte Coliseum when the Charlotte Hornets moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. When the Bobcats began play, the Cobras were no longer necessary.

The Cobras name (previously used for one year by the Charlotte Cobras of what is now the National Lacrosse League) is now in use by the city of Charlotte for its works team in the National Public Safety Football League.


Notable players

Arena Football Hall of Famers

Carolina Cobras Hall of Famers
No. Name Year Inducted Position(s) Years w/ Cobras
12 Cory Fleming 2013 WR/LB 2002

All-Arena players

The following Cobras players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

All-Ironman players

The following Cobras players have been named to All-Ironman Teams:

All-Rookie players

The following Cobras players have been named to All-Rookie Teams:

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