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    AFL Offseason News
    February, March, April 1983

    Raiders Trade Plunkett To New England For Mike Haynes

    In a shocking twist that kickstarted the tumultuous AFL offseason the Super Bowl Champion LA Raiders traded their Super Bowl XVII MVP quarterback Jim Plunkett to the New England Patriots for All Pro cornerback Mike Haynes. Haynes completes what will surely be one of the all time greatest defensive units in all of pro football history as he joins an all star cast that includes 1983 AFL MVP Lawrence Taylor, Ted Hendricks, Lyle Alzado, Howie Long, Lester Hayes, and Matt Millen. Meanwhile the New England Patriots fill the void left with the departure of Vince Ferragamo, who held out for the entire 1982 season before signing with the new USFL league this Spring. Without Plunkett the Raiders are left with Jim Mcmahon, who is in his second year. Expected to backup Mcmahon will be Doug Williams who was signed after being cut by the Miami Dolphins after tearing both his ACL and MCL last year.

    Seattle Seahawks Sign Chuck Knox As New Head Coach

    Former LA Rams(NFL) and Buffalo Bills coach Chuck Knox was signed by the Seattle Seahawks just weeks after he was fired in Buffalo. Knox turned the Bills around in 1981 after 7 years of losing, leading them to a 10-6 record. Last year the Bills collapsed and finished in last place, leading to Knox being fired. Seattle hired Knox after firing Jack Patera after 3 consecutive losing seasons.

    Buffalo Bills Hire New Head Coach Ted Marchibroda

    The Bills moved on from Chuck Knox after a disappointing 5-11 finish and have now hired former Baltimore Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda. Marchibroda led the Colts to back to back NFL division titles and a trip to the NFL Championship Game in the final season of the NFL in 1977. Marchibroda struggled to adjust to the AFL style when the Colts transitioned from the old league in 1978 and was released after 2 losing seasons.

    Broncos Trade Tommy Kramer To Baltimore For 4th Round Pick

    Former superstar CFL quarterback Tommy Kramer was traded from the Broncos to the Colts in exchange for a 4th round draft pick. Kramer broke CFL records before being picked up by Denver where he took the starting job from Archie Manning in the 1983 season. Kramer threw for 22 touchdown passes and over 3,500 passing yards but also threw for 21 interceptions in his first year in the AFL. Kramer will take over as the starter in Baltimore after the retirement of their star quarterback Bert Jones while it is heavily speculated that the Broncos will use their #1 pick in the upcoming 1983 draft to select their franchise quarterback.

    Seattle Seahawks Sign CFL Star Quarterback Joe Thiesman

    Chuck Knox made a move in his first weeks with the Seahawks to sign CFL gunslinger Joe Thiesman. Thiesman was a stand out quarterback at Notre Dame in college but was passed on by AFL teams due to his small size. Thiesman went to the CFL and thrived over the past 10 years, becoming one of the all time leading passers in CFL history. The Seahawks released Jim Zorn in the offseason after he suffered another disappointing season and lost the starting job to backup Dave Krieg. Krieg is expected to compete with Thiesman for the starting job in training camp.

    AFL Superstars Call It A Career

    The 1982 season was the end of an era for the AFL as many of the league's all time greats announced their retirements this Spring. Ken Stabler announced his retirement but turned around and signed with the new USFL just days later. The Steelers lost Lynn Swann and Jack Ham, two of the most important factors in their 4 pro titles won from 1974 to 1979. The Patriots offensive weapons that led them to the 1980 AFL title announced their retirements when Ahmad Rashad and Sam Cunningham both called it a career. Dewey Selmon of the Kansas City Chiefs called it a career after only 7 seasons. Legendary Raiders offensive lineman and surefire future AFL Hall Of Famer Art Shell retired after 14 seasons. Colts quarterback Bert Jones announced his retirement after struggling with injuries over the past 3 seasons. All Pros Isiah Roberts, Roger Wehrli, and Ron Yary round out the list of impact players that stepped away from the game this offseason.

    AFL Hall Of Fame Class Of '83 Inductees Announced

    Legendary innovative head coach Sid Gilllman headlines this year's AFL Hall Of Fame inductees. Gillman was head coach of the LA Rams in the NFL from 1955 to 1959 before taking a job as head coach of the LA Chargers in the new AFL in 1960. Gillman led the team to the 1963 AFL Championship and kept the Chargers as top contenders throughout his 12 year tenure as coach of the team. Gillman had a very unique and innovative offensive coaching style and had a huge impact on many of the top coaches in the AFL today, including Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll, and Dick Vermiel.

    Rounding out this year's class of AFL Hall Of Fame inductees includes former Buffalo Bills star running back Cookie Gilchrist, one of the best backs in the AFL from 1962 to 1964 and a major factor in the Bills 1964 AFL Championship winning season. Former Chiefs and Chargers running back and 2 time AFL Champion Paul Lowe will be inducted along with former Houston Oilers record setting receiver Charlie Hennigan, and devastating New England Patriots defensive lineman Houston Antwine.
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    1983 AFL Draft

    The 1983 AFL college player selection meeting would go down as one of the single greatest drafts ever in the history of sports. Never before has there been such a surplus of talent coming up from the college football level. The 1983 draft is a pivotal turning point in AFL history that shapes the league for the next decade to come. The big hype coming out of the combine surrounds the elite class of quarterbacks in this year's draft class, Dan Marino, John Elway, and Jim Kelly. All of the experts at ESPN predict the Broncos selecting their franchise quarterback with the 1st overall pick but which will they take? Will Pittsburgh take hometown hero Dan Marino as Terry Bradshaw's successor or will they stick with their aging "Blonde Bomber"? Just how far will Eric Dickerson, Curt Warner, and Roger Craig fall in a league that is overloaded with elite talented running backs? What impact will the new rival USFL league have on this year's draft? All of these questions and more will be answered as the AFL draft unfolds live on ESPN!

    First Round Picks:

    With the 1st overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft, the Denver Broncos select...


    John Elway, Quarterback(Stanford)

    With the 2nd overall pick in the 1983 AFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select...


    Chris Hinton, Guard(Northwestern)

    With the 3rd overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Buffalo Bills select...


    Jim Kelly, Quarterback(University Of Miami)

    With the 4th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the New England Patriots select...


    Terry Kinard, Safety(Clemson)

    With the 5th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Cleveland Browns select...


    Billy Ray Smith, Linebacker(Arkansas)

    With the 6th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the San Diego Chargers select...


    Gill Byrd, Cornerback(San Jose State)

    With the 7th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select...


    Gabriel Rivera, Defensive Tackle(Texas Tech)

    With the 8th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Miami Dolphins select...


    Dan Marino, Quarterback(Pittsburgh)

    With the 9th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Baltimore Colts select...


    Jimbo Covert, Tackle(Pittsburgh)

    With the 10th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Houston Oilers select...


    Darrell Green, Cornerback(Texas A&I University)

    With the 11th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Cincinnati Bengals select...


    Jim Jeffcoat, Defensive End(Arizona State)

    With the 12th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs select...


    Bruce Matthews, Tackle(USC)

    With the 13th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the New York Jets select...


    Joey Browner, Cornerback(USC)

    With the 14th overall pick in the 1983 AFL draft the Los Angeles Raiders select...


    Willie Gault, Wide Receiver(Tennessee)

    Notable Second Round Picks:

    Miami Dolphins- Eric Dickerson, Running Back(SMU)
    Seattle Seahawks- Vernon Maxwell, Linebacker(Arizona State)
    Buffalo Bills- Darryl Talley, Linebacker(West Virginia)
    New England Patriots- Leonard Marshall, Defensive End(Louisiana State)
    Houston Oilers- Henry Ellard, Wide Receiver(Fresno State)
    Cleveland Browns- Keith Bostic, Safety(Michigan)
    Baltimore Colts- Don Mosebar, Center(USC)
    Los Angeles Raiders- Bill Pickel, Defensive Tackle(Rutgers)

    Notable Third Round Picks:

    Denver Broncos- Karl Mecklenburg, Linebacker(Minnesota)
    Buffalo Bills- Curt Warner, Running Back(Penn State)
    New England Patriots- Roger Craig, Running Back(Nebraska)

    Notable Late Round Picks:

    New England Patriots- Jesse Sapolu, Guard(Hawaii)
    Cleveland Browns- Richard Dent, Defensive End(Tennessee State)
    San Diego Chargers- Charles Mann, Defensive End(Nevada)
    Miami Dolphins- Reggie Roby, Punter(Iowa)
    Miami Dolphins- Mark Clayton, Wide Receiver(Louisville)
    Miami Dolphins- Anthony Carter, Wide Receiver(Michigan)
    Baltimore Colts- Dave Duerson, Safety(Notre Dame)
    Cincinnati Bengals- Tim Krumrie, Defensive Tackle(Wisconsin)
    Los Angeles Raiders- Greg Townsend, Defensive End(Texas Christian)
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    The USFL stuff is really interesting, especially with the NFL no longer existing so it's going to be interesting how big a roll they're going to play, with big players faking retirement to sign withtheir teams. I still don't know the majority of the names o I'll read the off season stuff later today sir
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    Not too many crazy changes in the first round, as I was expecting due to the fact that this draft class is legendary and you could do so much moving the HOF QB's around, but I like the continuity you've kept. The fun begins after the first round IMO. Miami with a hell of a haul, the thought of Dickerson and Marino sharing the same backfield for the next 5-10 years is super interesting and awesome to think about. Also Roger Craig going to New England is big news. Excited for the new season to start. Keep up the great work man.

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    AFL Offseason News
    April 1983

    Jim Kelly signs with USFL

    The USFL pulled off a major coup when they stole away the third overall pick in the 1983 AFL Draft after quarterback Jim Kelly out of the University Of Miami signed with the USFL's Texas Rattlesnakes. Kelly was drafted third overall in the AFL draft by the Buffalo Bills but the team failed to get the future star quarterback signed to a contract. Kelly was reportedly very unhappy about being drafted by Buffalo and had no interest in living or playing in the city. The acquisition of Kelly is huge for the USFL. The league has made aggressive moves to steal away some of the top talent for their inaugural season this spring, top talent coming out of college such as Heisman Trophy winning running back Hershel Walker, quarterback Bobby Hebert, and wide receiver Anthony Carter, veteran AFL stars like Kenny Stabler, Vince Ferragamo, Jim Zorn, Archie Manning, Wendell Tyler, and Joe Cribbs, premier CFL quarterbacks Phil Simms, Richard Todd, and Wade Wilson, also young and hungry AFL cast offs like Rickey Jackson and Sam Mills looking to prove themselves. The inaugural USFL season kicks off in the last Sunday in April of 1983 with the first USFL World Championship Game taking place in July 1983.
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    USFL 1983 Season Summary

    The inaugural USFL season unfolded during the Spring and Summer of 1983, starting in the final Sunday in April and wrapping up with the World Championship Game in July where the San Francisco Sharks defeated the Chicago Stallions at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Herschel Walker became the highest paid player in pro football when he was signed to the San Francisco Sharks coming off of a Hiesman Trophy winning season in college. Walker dominated the USFL and won the inaugural MVP award while leading the Sharks to the first ever USFL World Title. Television ratings started out strong initially but faltered towards the end of the season. Live gate attendance was lower than expected but the USFL still drew nice crowds for bigger games, including a crowd of over 50,000 that came to see Archie Manning's return to the New Orleans Superdome in the Pirates season opener. Over 60,000 packed into Texas Stadium twice to see the return of Tom Landry to Texas football with his new star gunslinger Jim Kelly. Ken Stabler drew a crowd of over 60,000 in his return to Oakland Memorial Coliseum in the Invaders home opener in week 2. A week 12 meeting between the Texas Rattlesnakes against the Washington Sentinals drew a sell out crowd of over 55,000 to RFK Stadium in DC as football fans flocked to see George Allen and Tom Landry reignite their former rivalry, this time it was Landry's Rattlesnakes that downed the Sentinals 20-10. When it was all over only 1 team was standing tall as the first ever USFL World Champs, the San Francisco Sharks, led by former AFL Championship winning quarterback Vince Ferragamo and hands down the best most dominant player in all of pro football, Herschel Walker. The 1983 season is just the beginning for the USFL.

    +++1983 USFL Standings+++

    Eastern Division

    Philadelphia Stars 12-2
    Chicago Stallions 11-3
    Minnesota Bulls 9-5
    Washington Sentinals 7-7
    Milwaukee Maulers 6-8
    Tampa Bay Bandits 5-9
    Detroit Panthers 3-11

    Western Division

    San Francisco Sharks 10-4
    St. Louis Knights 9-5
    Texas Rattlesnakes 8-6
    Oklahoma Outlaws 7-7
    Atlanta Wildcats 6-8
    New Orleans Pirates 5-9
    Oakland Invaders 2-12


    USFL Eastern Division Championship
    Chicago Stallions 34 @ Philadelphia Stars 30

    USFL Western Division Championship
    St. Louis Knights 20 @ San Francisco Sharks 42

    USFL World Championship Game
    Chicago Stallions 31 vs San Francisco Sharks 38

    +++Outstanding Performers+++

    1983 USFL MVP: Herschel Walker

    Passing Leaders
    Jim Kelly(Texas Rattlesnakes)- 4,011 yds/29 td/14 int
    Bobby Hebert(St. Louis Knights)- 3,499 yds/24 td/19 int
    Fred Besana(Oklahoma Outlaws)- 3,322 yds/21 td/21 int
    Phil Simms(Philadelphia Stars)- 3,301 yds/27 td/7 int
    Vince Ferragamo(San Francisco Sharks)- 3,281 yds/21 td/18 int
    Richard Todd(Milwaukee Maulers)- 3,203 yds/15 td/12 int
    Wade Wilson(Atlanta Wildcats)- 3,200 yds/20 td/11 int
    Todd Blackledge(Minnesota Bulls)- 2,990 yds/17 td/22 int
    Tony Eason(Chicago Stallions)- 2,989 yds/29 tds/24 int
    Ken O'Brien(Washington Sentinals)- 2,844/23 tds/13 int

    Rushing Leaders
    Herschel Walker(San Francisco Sharks)- 1,828 yds/18 tds
    Joe Cribbs(New Orleans Pirates)- 1,821 yds/11 tds
    Craig James(Tampa Bay Bandits)- 1,255 yds/7 tds
    Gary Anderson(Texas Rattlesnakes)- 911 yds/6 tds
    Wendell Tyler(Oklahoma Outlaws)- 855 yds/10 tds

    Receiving Leaders
    Trumaine Johnson(Chicago Stallions)- 81 rec/1,322 yds/10 td
    Danny Buggs(Tampa Bay Bandits)- 76 rec/1,146 yds/5 td
    Eric Truvillion(Tampa Bay Bandits)- 66 rec/1,080 yds/15 td
    Anthony Carter(Washington Sentinals)- 69 rec/1,033 yds/11 td

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    Fuck sake Tampa, get your shit together troops so you're going to be recapping both AFL & USFL? Good on you man, hoping TB can keep on building, Stallions/Sharks game Oundle like It would've been amazing to watch live.


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    1983 AFL Pre-Season Scouting Report

    Accept no cheap imitations and make no mistake about it, there is only 1 major league of pro football in America and that is the American Football League. The 1983 AFL season is primed to be one of the most interesting and exciting years in league history. A new class of rookie talent will breathe new life into the AFL in 1983 as we are coming off of perhaps the greatest draft of all time. New stars like Denver's John Elway and Miami's Dan Marino will make their debuts in 1983 going up against the best football superstars in the world such as L.A.'s Lawrence Taylor and Seattle's Kenny Easley, while some of the greatest of all time like Houston's Earl Campbell and San Diego's Dan Fouts come back in search of their first ever AFL Title. All 14 AFL teams will battle it out over the course of a 16 game regular season schedule. When the dust settles only the best of the best 6 teams will move on to the AFL playoffs. It all leads to Tampa Florida for Super Bowl XVIII at Tampa Stadium on January 22nd 1984 where the 1983 AFL Champions will be crowned! Follow along with your favorite AFL teams and superstars when the road to Super Bowl XVIII kicks off on September 3rd 1983 and remember, if it's not the AFL, it's the minor leagues!

    The "(R)" next to a player's name stands for "Rookie", which means that the player will enter his first year in pro football this year

    Los Angeles Raiders:
    Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
    Head Coach: Tom Flores
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Willie Brown(defensive backs), Art Shell(assistant)
    1982 Record: 13-3(Super Bowl XVII Champions)

    Impact Players:
    QB- #9 Jim Mcmahon
    QB- #17 Doug Williams(Injured Reserve)
    HB- #32 Marcus Allen
    WR- #21 Cliff Branch
    WR- #85 Willie Gault(R)
    DE- #75 Howie Long
    DT- #77 Lyle Alzado
    DT- #71 Bill Pickel(R)
    DE- #93 Greg Townsend(R)
    OLB- #83 Ted Hendricks
    OLB- #56 Lawrence Taylor
    ILB- #55 Matt Millen
    CB- #37 Lester Hayes
    CB- #22 Mike Haynes
    P- #8 Ray Guy

    In only their second season in LA the Raiders brought a pro football championship to the city for the first time since the LA Rams won the NFL Title over three decades ago in 1951. The Raiders ran roughshod over the AFL in 1982 en route to the Super Bowl Championship victory over the Jets in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California, and they did it with attitude. The win in Super Bowl XVII was the Raiders 5th Super Bowl win and their 6th AFL league title. The Raiders shocked the sports world this past offseason when they traded Super Bowl XVII MVP quarterback Jim Plunkett to the New England Patriots for All Pro cornerback Mike Haynes. The trade thrust second year quarterback Jim Mcmahon into the starting role for the Raiders' 1983 season. Former Dolphins quarterback Doug Williams was picked up in free agency in a move that pundits consider to be a major gamble since Williams suffered career threatening ACL/MCL tears in his right knee last year. Williams will be expected to back up Mcmahon when/if he returns from the injury. The heart of the Raiders success in 1982 was rookie sensation running back Marcus Allen and AFL MVP linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Allen ran for over 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns in his rookie season last year while Lawrence Taylor emerged as perhaps one of the most dominant players ever seen in AFL history.

    The Raiders lost one of the all time greats when offensive lineman Art Shell retired this past offseason after 14 seasons in the AFL. Shell joins head coach Tom Flores' offensive coaching staff as an assistant for the 1983 season. Just as the retirement of Shell seen the end of an era, the Raiders will see the beginning of a new era with the additions of rookies Bill Pickel, Greg Townsend, and world class track and field Olympian speedster Willie Gault. The additions of Pickel and Townsend strengthen an already stout defensive line that features "Darth Raider" Lyle Alzado and Howie Long. The Raiders will once again field one of the most formidable linebacker corps in the AFL in 1983 with league MVP Lawrence Taylor, the fiery Matt Millen, and 14 year veteran All Pro Ted Hendricks. In the backfield the Raiders add one of the all time great cornerbacks in AFL history with Mike Haynes. Haynes joins Raider great Lester Hayes in the secondary to round out one of the most complete and impenetrable defensive units ever seen in pro football. The Raiders' defense is a bad ass group of renegades, rebels, and outrageous characters, a unit with very few if any weaknesses, a unit that will be extremely difficult to beat in 1983 and perhaps for many years to come.

    New York Jets:
    Stadium: Shea Stadium
    Head Coach: Walt Michaels
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Jerry Glanville(defensive coordinator)
    1982 Record: 9-7

    Impact Players:
    QB- #10 Steve Bartkowski
    HB- #24 Freeman Mcniel
    WR- #82 Mike Quick
    DT- #73 Joe Klecko
    DT- #67 Dave Butz
    DE- #99 Mark Gastineau
    S- #47 Joey Browner(R)

    Last season the New York Jets conquered the defending Super Bowl Champion Cincinnati Bengals, avenging their defeat in the 1981 Northeast Conference Championship Game. The win on the road was one of the biggest upsets in AFL playoff history and it put the Jets back in the Super Bowl for the first time since Joe Namath carried the AFL to glory over the NFL in Super Bowl III. Over 13 years later in Super Bowl XVII there would be no historic Super Bowl upset over the mighty LA Raiders, the Jets would fall to the heavily favored Raiders in decisive fashion.

    The trio of Dave Butz, Joe Klecko, and Mark Gastineu form "The New York Sack Exchange", one of the best pass rush units in the entire AFL today. The duo of Steve Bartkowski and Freeman Mcneil complimented Jerry Glanville's defense to help the Jets win 11 games last year, including the overtime victory over the Baltimore Colts in the Wildcard Playoffs. Quarterback Steve Bartkowski had his best year yet, proving that he is one of the elite star quarterbacks in the league while Mcneil emerged as one of the best running backs in the AFL in only his second year. The Jets added to their defense with their first round pick in the 1983 draft, safety Joey Browner. Browner was the MVP last year for the University Of Southern California and will hopefully help push the Jets over the edge to help them take the next step in 1983.

    Kansas City Chiefs:
    Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
    Head Coach: Marv Levy
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Dick Nolan(defensive coordinator), Emmitt Thomas(defensive backs)
    1982 Record: 12-4

    Impact Players:
    QB- #19 Joe Montana
    HB- #34 Walter Payton
    WR- #81 Art Monk
    C- #53 Jeff Bostic
    G- #74 Bruce Matthews(R)
    DE- #72 Ed "Too Tall" Jones
    CB- #42 Ronnie Lott

    The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off of one of their best seasons in franchise history in 1982, a 12-4 campaign that seen them win their first postseason game since the victory over the Oilers in the first round of the 1972 playoffs. Coincidentally, the Chiefs first playoff win in 10 years came against the same team, a fourth quarter comeback victory over the Oilers led by arguably the most clutch quarterback in the entire AFL, Joe Montana. Kansas City fell to the rival LA Raiders in the 1982 AFL Southwestern Conference Championship by the score of 23-17. The Chiefs were widely considered the second best team in the league last year behind only the Raiders. In 1982 the Chiefs vs Raiders rivalry was rekindled, in 1983 it will boil over. The two teams will play each other twice in the regular season in two of the most anticipated AFL games on the 1983 schedule.

    Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana is the highest rated active passer in the AFL today and has shown to be one of the coolest under pressure. Running back Walter Payton is one of the greatest players in AFL history. Payton is quickly approaching Jim Brown's pro football record for career rushing yards. The Chiefs added to their offensive line with the selection of Bruce Matthews in the first round of the 1983 AFL draft. On defense the Chiefs will miss the presence of Dewey Selmon, who retired this past offseason. Still the Chiefs defense improved drastically in 1982 with the young defensive back Ronnie Lott emerging as a real true dominant force.

    Cincinnati Bengals:
    Stadium: Riverfront Stadium
    Head Coach: Dick Vermiel
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Marion Campbell(defensive coordinator), Dick Lebeau(defensive backs)
    1982 Record: 11-5

    Impact Players:
    QB- #14 Ken Anderson
    RB- #21 James Brooks
    WR- #81 Drew Pearson
    WR- #80 Cris Collinsworth
    T- #65 Max Montoya
    T- #78 Anthony Munoz
    DT- #77 Jim Jeffcoat(R)
    DT/NT- #69 Tim Krumrie(R)
    CB- #47 Herman Edwards
    SS- #49 Gary Fencik

    The Bengals failed to return to the Super Bowl last year after being upset at home by the Jets in the Northeastern Conference Championship Game. The 1981 AFL Champions still finished with an 11-5 record to finish in 1st place in the conference for the second consecutive year. Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson enters the 1983 season for his 13th year in the league as the AFL's all time leader in career passing yards.

    New young stars in Cris Collinsworth and Anthony Munoz have extended Ken Anderson's career. Collinsworth has over 1,000 yards receiving in both of his first 2 seasons in the AFL while Anthony Munoz was named first team All Pro in 1982. Young running back James Brooks and 11 year veteran receiver Drew Pearson bolster one of the best offensive units in the league going into the 1983 season. The Bengals strengthened their interior defensive line in the 1983 draft by selecting Jim Jeffcoat and Tim Krumrie, two bright young talents that should improve Cincinnati's run defense for years to come.

    Houston Oilers:
    Stadium: Houston Astrodome
    Head Coach: Joe Gibbs
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Joe Bugel(offensive line), Richie Petitbon(defensive coordinator)
    1982 Record: 11-5

    Impact Players:
    QB- #1 Warren Moon
    HB- #34 Earl Campbell
    FB- #44 John Riggins
    TE- #87 Dave Casper
    WR- #85 Charlie Brown
    WR- #80 Henry Ellard(R)
    WR/PR- #84 Billy "White Shoes" Johnson
    T- #72 Leon Gray
    T- #66 Joe Jacoby
    G- #73 Mark May
    G- #68 Russ Grimm
    DE- #65 Elvin Bethea
    OLB- #52 Robert Brazile
    CB- #28 Darrell Green(R)

    Joe Gibbs took the Oilers to the next level in only his second season in Houston in 1982. The Oilers put together an unstoppable dual threat running attack with Earl Campbell and John Riggins combining for over 1,900 rushing yards on the season. The Oilers offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage in 1982. Houston won 11 games in 1982 and returned to the playoffs but they gave up a 13 point lead in the fourth quarter to fall to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 1982 11-5 campaign was the Oilers 6th consecutive winning season.

    The Oilers seen a shift from the all time great Ken Stabler to the young Warren Moon at the quarterback position in 1982. Moon was drafted by Houston late in the 1978 AFL draft but he was relegated to the practice squad his rookie season. Moon spent 2 years on the bench, working his way up from third string in 1979 to Ken Stabler's backup in 1980. Moon was called upon late in the 1981 season when Stabler was out for 2 weeks with a wrist injury and the young up and coming quarterback impressed head coach Joe Gibbs with his performances. Moon took over as the starting quarterback after Ken Stabler was benched in week 3 last year, going on to throw for over 3,000 passing yards and 20 touchdowns to help the Oilers win 10 of their last 13 games. The Oilers added some much needed speed to their defense with the selection of Darrell Green in the first round of the 1983 AFL draft while Henry Ellard was picked to add another weapon to Warren Moon's offensive arsenal.

    Baltimore Colts:
    Stadium: Memorial Stadium
    Head Coach: Buddy Ryan
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Jerry Burns(offensive coordinator)
    1982 Record: 9-7

    Impact Players:
    QB- #9 Tommy Kramer
    HB- #20 Billy Sims
    TE- #83 Steve Jordan
    WR- #81 Roger Carr
    T- #75 Jimbo Covert(R)
    C- #73 Don Mosebar(R)
    MLB- #50 Mike Singletary
    OLB- #41 Phil Villapiano
    DE- #65 Harvey Martin
    DE- #72 Dexter Manley
    DT- #99 Dan Hampton
    DT- #76 Steve Mcmichael
    S- #22 Dave Duerson(R)

    The Baltimore Colts had their best season in 1982 since the team made the transition from the NFL to the AFL 5 seasons ago. Baltimore fielded one of the toughest defensive units in the entire league in 1982 while riding the AFL's leading rusher Billy Simms to a 9-7 record, upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the season to steal the final Wild Card spot, the franchise's first ever AFL post season appearance. The Colts lost to the Jets in the Wild Card playoff game in heartbreaking fashion after losing by a field goal in overtime.

    Baltimore bolstered their offense with a strong draft in the 83 AFL draft, selecting powerful offensive linemen Jimbo Covert and Don Mosebar. The Colts also made a trade to acquire quarterback Tommy Kramer from the Broncos. Kramer was a star in the CFL that showed a lot of potential with the Broncos in his first year in the AFL last season.

    San Diego Chargers:
    Stadium: Jack Murphy Stadium
    Head Coach: Don Coryell
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Ernie Zampese(offensive coordinator), Al Saunders(receivers), Jim Hanifan(offensive line)
    1982 Record: 8-8

    Impact Players:
    QB- #14 Dan Fouts
    HB- #33 Tony Dorsett
    WR- #89 Wes Chandler
    WR- #83 John Jefferson
    WR- #18 Charlie Joiner
    TE- #80 Kellen Winslow
    DE- #71 Fred Dean
    DE- #75 Charles Mann(R)
    CB- #22 Gill Byrd(R)

    The San Diego Chargers possessed the most potent offense in the entire league last season. Dan Fouts set new AFL all time record for passing yards with over 4,900 yards while wide receiver Wes Chandler broke Charley Hennigan's 1961 AFL record for most receiving yards in a single season with over 1,900 yards. The Chargers had the best offense in the AFL in 1982 but the defense faltered and held the team back to an 8-8 finish.

    The Chargers improved their defense with the draft of Gill Byrd and Charles Mann in the 83 AFL draft. San Diego's receiving corps is the best in the AFL. Chandler, Joiner, Jefferson, and tight end Kellen Winslow and dual threat runner/receiver Tony Dorsett are a nearly unstoppable offensive unit that will look to get back in the title hunt in 1983 to avenge their back-to-back Super Bowl losses in 1980-1981.

    Miami Dolphins:
    Stadium: The Orange Bowl
    Head Coach: Don Shula
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Bill Arnsparger(defensive coordinator)
    1982 Record: 8-8

    Impact Players:
    QB- #13 Dan Marino(R)
    HB- #29 Eric Dickerson(R)
    WR- #85 Mark Duper
    WR- #83 Mark Clayton(R)
    C- #57 Dwight Stephenson
    T- #78 Jackie Slater
    T- #67 Bob Kuechenberg
    DT- #54 Randy White
    DE- #77 AJ Duhe
    OLB- #58 Kim Bokamper
    P- #1 Reggie Roby(R)

    The Miami Dolphins begin a new era in 1983 with a new class of rookies giving the franchise a fresh face for a new generation. The Dolphins lost quarterback Doug Williams to a career threatening knee injury last season while star running back Joe Cribbs and linebacker Rickey Jackson left to sign with the new rival USFL league. Miami drafted star quarterback Dan Marino with their first round pick and then scored big when they traded up with the Denver to take Eric Dickerson with the first pick in the second round.

    Dan Marino threw for 7,905 yards and 74 touchdowns at the University Of Pittsburgh from 1979 to 1982 while Dickerson broke Earl Campbell's college record with over 4,450 career rushing yards at SMU. Eric Dickerson and Dan Marino's college careers are linked when their teams met in the 1982 Cotton Bowl, with Dickerson's SMU Mustangs defeating Marino's Pittsburgh Panthers 7-3. Now the two brightest young stars will unite under the greatest head coach in AFL history Don Shula and one of the best offensive lines in the league. The Dolphins defense held the team together for an 8-8 finish in 1982 with Randy White and the "Killer B's" all returning for the 1983 season.

    Pittsburgh Steelers:
    Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
    Head Coach: Chuck Noll
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Tom Moore(wide receivers), Tony Dungy(defensive assistant)
    1982 Record: 8-8

    Impact Players:
    QB- #12 Terry Bradshaw
    QB- #15 Neil Lomax
    HB- #32 Franco Harris
    HB- #37 Gerald Riggs
    WR- #82 John Stallworth
    C- #52 Mike Webster
    ILB- #58 Jack Lambert
    CB- #47 Mel Blount
    K- #3 Mark Mosely

    The Steelers once dominated pro football with 2 NFL titles and 2 AFL titles all within a span of 6 years from 1974 to 1979. Now Chuck Noll's squad is a team in transition. Last year they lost Joe Greene to retirement and this past offseason they lost two of their most crucial stars when Lynn Swann and Jack Ham both called it a career. The Steelers were in contention for the playoffs up until the season finale against the Baltimore Colts. Terry Bradshaw was knocked out of the game with a concussion early on and the Steelers were shut out in a 6-0 loss that gave them their first non-winning season since entering the AFL.

    Terry Bradshaw's status is uncertain heading into the 1983 season due to injuries sustained last year. Backup quarterback Neil Lomax could be relied on early on until Bradshaw returns. The heart of the Steelers going into next year will be running back Franco Harris, who is in a race with Walter Payton to break Jim Brown's pro record for career rushing yards. Other greats from the Steelers championship years that will return in 1983 to fight to take Pittsburgh back to the title hunt include Jon Stallworth, Jack Lambert, and Mel Blount.

    New England Patriots:
    Stadium: Shaefer Stadium
    Head Coach: Bill Walsh
    Notable Assistant Coaches: George Seifert(defensive coordinator), Bill Mcpherson(defensive line), Ray Rhodes(defensive backs), Romeo Crennel(special teams/defensive assistant)
    1982 Record: 7-9

    Impact Players:
    QB- #16 Jim Plunkett
    HB- #32 James Wilder
    FB- #33 Roger Craig(R)
    WR- #86 Stanley Morgan
    TE- #89 Dwight Clark
    G- #73 John Hannah
    G- #63 Mike Munchak
    C- #51 Randy Cross
    DE- #70 Leonard Marshall(R)
    ILB- #57 Steve Nelson
    ILB- #53 Harry Carson
    OLB- #56 Andre Tippett
    OLB- #58 Keena Turner
    FS- Terry Kinard(R)

    The New England Patriots made a surprising run to Super Bowl glory just 3 years ago but have struggled to return to the top of the mountain since then. Last year the Patriots season was plagued by injuries on the defensive side of the ball while their star quarterback Vince Ferragamo held out the entire season before abandoning the team to sign with the USFL this past offseason. With all the turmoil head coach Bill Walsh was still able to keep the Patriots competitive for a 7-9 finish.

    The Patriots made waves this past offseason with a blockbuster trade that sent Mike Haynes to LA for Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, the MVP of Super Bowl XVII. Plunkett returns to New England where he began his career in the AFL in the 1970's. Plunkett is expected to thrive under Walsh's advanced "West Coast Offense" with offensive weapons in Stanley Morgan and Dwight Clark along with one of the best offensive lines in the AFL. The Patriots added to their offensive muscle with the drafting of fullback Roger Craig in the 83 AFL draft. On defense the Patriots went through a coaching change after losing linebackers coach Bill Parcells and his assistant Bill Belichick to the USFL. Walsh added new defensive coordinator George Seifert along with young rookies Leonard Marshall and Terry Kinard who will support arguably the best linebacker corps in the AFL with Keena Turner, Andre Tippett, Harry Carson, and Steve Nelson.

    Cleveland Browns:
    Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
    Head Coach: Sam Rutigliano
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Marty Schottenhiemer(defensive coordinator)
    1982 Record: 7-9

    Impact Players:
    QB- #17 Brian Sipe
    HB- #32 Otis Anderson
    WR- #80 Harold Carmichael
    TE- #82 Ozzie Newsome
    T- #75 Dan Dierdorf
    G- #68 Joe Delamielleure
    DE- #95 Richard Dent(R)
    OLB- #57 Clay Mathews
    S- #25 Keith Bostic(R)
    K- #7 Morten Andersen

    After having an MVP caliber season in 1980 Brian Sipe suffered through an injury plagued year in 1981 and struggled badly in 1982. The Browns improved upon their 5-11 1981 record in 1982 on the strength of three of the most physically dominant offensive weapons in the AFL in Otis Anderson, Harold Carmichael, and one of the best tight ends in AFL history Ozzie Newsome. Cleveland struggled with injuries to the offensive line and a weak defense to fall to a 7-9 record down the stretch.

    The Browns look to improve their defense with the selections of Keith Bostic and Richard Dent in the 83 AFL draft. Cleveland will need Brian Sipe to return to the prime form that he showed 3 years ago in order to get back to the top of the AFL Northeast Conference in 1983.

    Buffalo Bills:
    Stadium: Rich Stadium
    Head Coach: Ted Marchibroda
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1982 Record: 5-11

    Impact Players:
    QB- #12 Joe Ferguson
    HB- #28 Curt Warner(R)
    HB- #31 Wilbert Montgomery
    T- #67 Luis Sharpe
    OLB- #56 Darryl Talley(R)
    DE- #85 Jack Youngblood
    CB- #24 Everson Walls

    The Buffalo Bills were a major disappointment in 1982 after having one of their best seasons in years in 1981. Buffalo moved on from head coach Chuck Knox after the 5-11 finish in 1982. Buffalo suffered a major setback this past offseason when their 3rd overall pick in the 1983 draft Jim Kelly opted to sign with the USFL. Buffalo also lost two of it's best players when linebacker Isiah Robertson and receiver Mel Gray retired. The Bills will soldier on in 1983 with new head coach Ted Marchibroda, former Baltimore Colts head coach that guided them to 3 division titles and a trip to the 1977 NFL Championship game(where they lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the final NFL game ever played, widely considered one of the all time great pro football games).

    The Bills' heart and soul will return for the the 1983 season when All Pro Jack Youngblood enters his 13th season. Bills defensive back Everson Walls emerged as one of the elite defenders last season when he led the AFL in interceptions. Buffalo lost their first round draft pick Jim Kelly but they did sign their second and third round draft picks in linebacker Darryl Talley and running back Curt Warner, a bright young star that led Penn State to their first National Championship in college.

    Seattle Seahawks:
    Stadium: The Kingdome
    Head Coach: Chuck Knox
    Notable Assistant Coaches:
    Joe Vitt(strength/quality control)
    1982 Record: 4-12

    Impact Players:
    QB- #7 Joe Thiesman
    QB- #17 Dave Krieg
    HB- #36 William Andrews
    WR- #80 Steve Largent
    WR- #81 James Lofton
    G- #75 Chris Hinton(R)
    DE- #77 Lee Roy Selmon
    OLB- #50 Vernon Maxwell(R)
    SS- #45 Kenny Easley

    The Seahawks suffered through an abysmal 4-12 season in 1982. Quarterback Dave Krieg took over the starting role for the struggling Jim Zorn by midseason but it was too little too late. The Seahawks defense bottomed out despite strong performances from Lee Roy Selmon and Kenny Easley. The Seahawks moved on from both Jim Zorn and head coach Jack Patera following the 82 season. Former Rams(NFL) and Bills coach Chuck Knox was signed as the new Seahawks head coach in 1983. One of Knox's first moves was to go after top CFL passer Joe Thiesman, who will compete with Dave Krieg for the starting job in training camp.

    The Seahawks drafted arguably the best offensive lineman coming out of college football when they took Chris Hinton with the 2nd overall pick in the 83 AFL draft. Linebacker Vernon Maxwell was taken to help the Seahawks struggling defense, which should be drastically improved under Knox's leadership in 1983. The Seahawks biggest star is without a doubt their receiver Steve Largent, a David among Goliaths, a player with perhaps the most heart and the best pair of hands in AFL history.

    Denver Broncos:
    Stadium: Mile High Stadium
    Head Coach: Dan Reeves
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Joe Collier(defensive coordinator)
    1982 Record: 3-13

    Impact Players:
    QB- #7 John Elway(R)
    HB- #38 George Rogers
    OLB- #57 Tom Jackson
    OLB- #56 Chip Banks
    ILB- #53 Randy Gradishar
    ILB- #77 Karl Mecklenburgh(R)
    CB- #20 Louis Wright

    Pressure is on head coach Dan Reeves for his third season with the Broncos after the team finished in last place in his first 2 years. The Broncos struggled at the quarterback position throughout the 82 season as Reeves flip flopped between Tommy Kramer and Archie Manning all year. Running back George Rogers carried the Broncos offense on his back as their only weapon while the defense completely fell apart, causing Denver to stumble to an AFL worst 3-13 record. Denver's last place finish gave them the 1st overall pick in the stacked 83 AFL draft and they used it to select star quarterback John Elway.

    John Elway enters his rookie season under a ton of pressure due to the hype from the media. Elway was a two sport star in football and baseball at the University of Stanford where he threw for 9,349 passing yards and 77 touchdown passes from 1979 to 1982(Elway was also heavily recruited by the New York Yankees baseball team out of college). The Broncos also added linebacker Karl Mecklenburg to their aging "Orange Crush" defense.
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    1983 AFL Schedule

    The American Football League is primed and ready to explode in 1983. This year's AFL season is one of the most hyped and highly anticipated in the history of the league. The new schedule has been released and the big games include the Raiders vs Chiefs showdowns in Kansas City in week 2 and on Monday Night Football in the LA Coliseum in week 8. The Chiefs and Raiders are the odds on favorites to rule the AFL in 1983 and their two head to head meetings could decide the fate of the entire season. The Chiefs and Raiders had a fierce rivalry in the 1960's but the Chiefs declined during the 1970's and the rivalry cooled down. The rivalry was rekindled in 1982 after 2 phenomenal regular season games and an instant classic third meeting in the Southwestern Conference Championship Game. It's going to be Montana and Walter Payton against LT and the Raiders renegade defense, the young phenom Marcus Allen against Ronnie Lott and a quickly improving Chiefs defense. All eyes will be on both of the head to head clashes between these two truly great teams when they meet in the 1983 season.

    The defending Super Bowl Champion LA Raiders will play the 1983 season with a target on their backs. Los Angeles will be featured in 4 Monday Night Football games on primetime national television, including the opening week showdown with their former rivals in Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders will host the Jets in a Super Bowl rematch on Monday Night Football in week 13, with a showdown against Dan Fouts and the high powered Charger offense on Monday Night Football two weeks later in week 15. Other key rivalries that will heat up on the field in 1983 will include the intrastate Ohio rivalry between the Bengals and Browns. The Bengals and Browns meet in Cincy in week 4 with a rematch in Cleveland four weeks later in week 8. Cleveland's rivalry with the Baltimore Colts has developed into one of the most physical hard hitting feuds in the league in recent years as the two former NFL franchises carried their bad blood over into the AFL when they made the transition over in 1978(Cleveland and Baltimore met in 2 NFL Championship Games in the 1960's). The Colts and Browns will play in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football in week 7. The much improved Baltimore Colts will get a chance to avenge their overtime defeat at the hands of the New York Jets in last year's Wild Card playoff game(as well as their crushing defeat in Super Bowl III) when they take on the Jets on Monday Night Football in week 2.

    Another playoff rematch will be featured on Monday Night Football in week 3 when the Houston Oilers take on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs defeated the Oilers in last year's Wild Card playoff game after Joe Montana led Kansas City on a 13 point fourth quarter comeback. Another one of the more anticipated Monday Night Football showcases will be the meeting between the Dolphins and Chargers in week 4 with the primetime television debut of the new rookie duo of Dan Marino and Eric Dickerson taking on arguably the best quarterback in the AFL in Dan Fouts. Another exciting young rookie making his Monday Night Football debut will be Denver's John Elway who will duel with Fouts' Chargers in week 9.

    Other highly anticipated games coming up in the AFL in 1983 include the week 3 meeting between the Dolphins and Steelers with rookie Dan Marino returning to his hometown Pittsburgh to take on the team that passed on him in the 1983 AFL Draft. The Oilers and Steelers will look to rekindle their old AFL rivalry when they meet in week 5 for the first time since they were separated in the new conference alignment in 1980. Also in week 5 the Chargers will face the Patriots in a rematch of Super Bowl XV. Head coach Chuck Knox will take the Seahawks to Buffalo on Monday Night Football in week 6 to take on the team that fired him this past offseason. Don't miss all the exciting stars of the AFL when the Road To Super Bowl XVIII kicks off on September 4th!!!

    "MNF"- denotes Monday Night Football, live on ABC at 8 P.M. EST/7 P.M. Central

    Week 1(Sep. 4th-5th)
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
    San Diego Chargers @ Houston Oilers
    New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks
    Baltimore Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
    Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills
    New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Los Angeles Raiders(MNF)

    Week 2(Sep. 11th-12th)
    Los Angeles Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
    Houston Oilers @ Miami Dolphins
    Seattle Seahawks @ San Diego Chargers
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
    New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
    New York Jets @ Baltimore Colts(MNF)

    Week 3(Sep. 18th-19th)
    San Diego Chargers @ Los Angeles Raiders
    Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers
    Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns
    Denver Broncos @ New York Jets
    Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
    Baltimore Colts @ New England Patriots
    Houston Oilers @ Kansas City Chiefs(MNF)

    Week 4(Sep. 25th-26th)
    Los Angeles Raiders @ Houston Oilers
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Seattle Seahawks
    Baltimore Colts @ Denver Broncos
    Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
    New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
    New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
    Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers(MNF)

    Week 5(Oct. 2nd-3rd)
    Los Angeles Raiders @ Seattle Seahawks
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Oilers
    Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins
    San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Colts
    Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns
    New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs(MNF)

    Week 6(Oct. 9th-10th)
    Miami Dolphins @ Los Angeles Raiders
    Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
    Houston Oilers @ Denver Broncos
    Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets
    Baltimore Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers
    Cleveland Browns @ New England Patriots
    Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo Bills(MNF)

    Week 7(Oct. 16th-17th)
    Los Angeles Raiders @ Cincinnati Bengals
    Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs
    Seattle Seahawks @ Houston Oilers
    Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers
    New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers
    Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
    Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Colts(MNF)

    Week 8(Oct. 23rd-24th)
    Houston Oilers @ San Diego Chargers
    New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
    Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
    Baltimore Colts @ New York Jets
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Raiders(MNF)

    Week 9(Oct. 30th-31st)
    Los Angeles Raiders @ Miami Dolphins
    Seattle Seahawks @ Kansas City Chiefs
    Houston Oilers @ Cleveland Browns
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
    Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
    New England Patriots @ Baltimore Colts
    San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos(MNF)

    Week 10(Nov. 6th-7th)
    Los Angeles Raiders @ Denver Broncos
    San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
    Baltimore Colts @ Seattle Seahawks
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Buffalo Bills
    New York Jets @ New England Patriots
    Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
    Miami Dolphins @ Houston Oilers(MNF)

    Week 11(Nov. 13th-14th)
    Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Raiders
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Oilers
    San Diego Chargers @ Miami Dolphins
    Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Colts
    Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets
    Buffalo Bills @ Pittsburgh Steelers
    Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots(MNF)

    Week 12(Nov. 20th-21st)
    Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Raiders
    Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
    Seattle Seahawks @ Miami Dolphins
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Jets
    Baltimore Colts @ Buffalo Bills
    Cleveland Browns @ San Diego Chargers
    Houston Oilers @ Cincinnati Bengals(MNF)

    Week 13(Nov. 24th, 27th-28th)
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers(Thanksgiving Day)
    Houston Oilers @ Seattle Seahawks
    Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos
    San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Bills
    New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals
    Baltimore Colts @ Cleveland Browns
    New York Jets @ Los Angeles Raiders(MNF)

    Week 14(Dec. 4th-5th)
    Los Angeles Raiders @ Baltimore Colts
    Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs
    Denver Broncos @ Houston Oilers
    Miami Dolphins @ Seattle Seahawks
    Cincinnati Bengals @ San Diego Chargers
    New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots(MNF)

    Week 15(Dec. 11th-12th)
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins
    Buffalo Bills @ Houston Oilers
    Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos
    New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Colts
    New England Patriots @ Cleveland Browns
    Los Angeles Raiders @ San Diego Chargers(MNF)

    Week 16(Dec. 18th-19th)
    Houston Oilers @ Los Angeles Raiders
    Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
    Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins
    San Diego Chargers @ Seattle Seahawks
    New England Patriots @ New York Jets
    Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Colts
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers(MNF)

    AFL Playoffs Schedule

    December 24th, 1983
    Northeastern Conference Wildcard Playoff Game
    Southwestern Conference Wildcard Playoff Game

    December 31st, 1983
    Northeastern Conference Championship Game
    Southwestern Conference Championship Game

    January 15th, 1984
    Super Bowl XVIII(Tampa Stadium, Tampa Florida)

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    1983 AFL Season

    Week 1(Sep. 4th-5th)

    Player Of The Week: Dan Fouts(QB, San Diego Chargers), 30 of 42 for 421 yds and 4 tds

    Kansas City Chiefs 28, Denver Broncos 3- at Mile High Stadium, attendance 74,204. Broncos star rookie quarterback John Elway's AFL debut was spoiled by Joe Montana and the Kansas City Chiefs on opening day in Denver. Montana threw for 245 yards and 4 touchdown passes while Walter Payton ran for 109 yards on 16 carries. Elway went 14 of 33 in his debut for 184 yards and 2 interceptions. Montana shook off two sacks by Broncos linebacker Chip Banks to put Kansas City up 14-0 with back to back touchdowns early on. Denver was able to utilize George Rogers to drive down the field to the 3 yard line before the end of the first half but KC stuffed Rogers on third down to hold Denver to a field goal. The Chiefs shut Rogers and Elway down in the second half, holding Rogers to just 56 rushing yards on the day.

    San Diego Chargers 45, Houston Oilers 42(OT)- at The Astrodome, attendance 51,064. Oilers head coach Joe Gibbs fell to his former mentor Don Coryell when he lost an overtime shootout thriller to his former team the Chargers in the Astrodome on opening day. The San Diego Chargers picked up right where they left off last year with Dan Fouts and Tony Dorsett proving to be unstoppable early on by the Oilers defense. Fouts connected with Tony Dorsett and Kellen Winslow for touchdown passes early on to put San Diego up 14-0. A fumble by Oilers' quaterback Warren Moon set up another Fouts to Winslow touchdown pass to put the Chargers up 21-0 by the end of the first quarter. Warren Moon's pass was tipped at the line and intercepted by Fred Dean and returned 11 yards for a touchdown to put San Diego up 28-0 early on in the second quarter. Warren Moon recovered and threw 3 touchdown passes in each of the Oilers final 3 possessions before the end of the half to cut San Diego's lead to 28-21. The Chargers returned the opening kickoff of the second half 96 yards for a touchdown to go up 35-21, then Dan Fouts hit Charley Joiner with an 80 yard bomb to put San Diego up 42-21 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. Houston used John Riggins and Earl Campbell in the running game to put together an 11 play 84 yard scoring drive capped by a 1 yard touchdown run by Campbell that cut the chasm to 42-28 early on in the fourth quarter. A major turning point occurred on San Diego's ensuing possession when Oilers' rookie cornerback Darrell Green chased down Tony Dorsett to stop him from scoring after he broke through a hole for a 67 yard gain. Houston's defense was able to hold San Diego in the red zone and then managed to block the Chargers' field goal attempt. Warren Moon connected with Charlie Brown for a 77 yard touchdown strike that cut the deficit to 42-35 with just 6 minutes left in the game. Houston's special teams managed to block a punt to set up a 4 yard John Riggins touchdown run to tie the game at 42-42 to send it into overtime. Both teams battled back and forth late into overtime until a Warren Moon interception set up San Diego's game winning 35 yard field goal. Tony Dorsett had over 100 yards rushing and receiving while Dan Fouts threw for 421 yards and 4 touchdowns. Warren Moon passed for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.

    Seattle Seahawks 20, New England Patriots 17- at The Kingdome, attendance 60,095. Seahawks new head coach Chuck Knox was victorious in his debut in Seattle against Bill Walsh's Patriots in a tough, hard fought defensive game. Jim Plunkett struggled in his first game back with the Patriots after being traded out of LA this past offseason. Plunkett threw 2 interceptions while Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg didn't fare much better, throwing 3 interceptions and getting sacked twice. Seattle relied heavily on a strong defensive effort(2 sacks by Lee Roy Selmon) and the running of William Andrews, who ran for 112 yards and both of Seattle's touchdowns.

    Cincinnati Bengals 22, Baltimore Colts 16- at Riverfront Stadium, attendance 56,933. The Bengals pulled away with a hard fought win in their home opener by capitalizing on 4 Colt turnovers and holding Billy Sims to just 66 yards rushing. Baltimore jumped out to a 10-0 lead early after a field goal and an 11 yard screen pass from Tommy Kramer to Billy Sims for a touchdown. Gary Fencik picked Kramer off and ran it back for a touchdown and then the Bengals recovered a fumble to set up a field goal that tied it up at 10-10 before the end of the half. The Colts defense sacked Ken Anderson 4 times and held Cincinnati to just 12 total first downs all day but Cincinnati was able to pull away with 5 field goals and a defensive touchdown.

    Buffalo Bills 21, Cleveland Browns 19- at Rich Stadium, attendance 73,255. Ted Marchibroda won his debut with the Bills in their home opener after an amazing 188 yard rushing performance by rookie Curt Warner in his AFL debut. Brian Sipe was picked off by Everson Walls, who ran it back for a 42 yard touchdown return to put Buffalo up 7-0 early on. The game unfolded as a ground and pound slugfest fought in the trenches as both teams fought for control of the clock with power running games and tough defensive play. Otis Anderson ran for 108 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Browns but Curt Warner lit the Browns defense up on the other side of the ball, breaking big runs of 36, 44, and a 49 yard touchdown run that put Buffalo up 21-13 in the fourth quarter. Brian Sipe led Cleveland on a 79 yard drive in the final 2 minutes, connecting with Ozzie Newsome for a 14 yard touchdown pass in the final :15 seconds of the game. Cleveland attempted to go for the 2 point conversion to tie the game but Buffalo stopped Otis Anderson at the line of scrimmage to hold on and win it.

    Miami Dolphins 14, New York Jets 10- at The Orange Bowl, attendance 62,097. Rookie running back Eric Dickerson ran 33 times for 124 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns in his AFL debut to lead the Dolphins to victory over the defending Northeastern Conference Champion Jets on opening day in South Florida. Randy White sacked Steve Bartkowski 3 times and recovered a fumble as the Dolphins "Killer B's" defense held New York to just 144 total yards of offense. Dolphins rookie quarterback Dan Marino went 13 of 21 for 149 yards with 1 interception in his debut

    LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles CA
    Pittsburgh Steelers(0-0) at Los Angeles Raiders(0-0)
    Attendance: 72,277
    Nielson Rating: 18.1

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
    Raiders 7 13 14 10 44

    The 1983 season premier of AFL Monday Night Football on ABC featured one of the best rivalries in league history, the two teams that ruled the AFL and NFL in the 1970's that were on a collision course for some of the highest rated games ever when they finally met in 1976 after Pittsburgh defected from the NFL to the AFL following a federal injunction. The Raiders bested the Steelers in both meetings in 1976 including a decisive victory in their clash in Super Bowl XI in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, but the games forever changed the entire landscape of professional football in America. Pittsburgh rebounded from their losses to the Raiders in 1976 to go on and win back to back AFL Super Bowl titles in 1978 and 1979, becoming the only team to ever win Championships in both the NFL and AFL. The Raiders are coming into the season opener as defending AFL Super Bowl Champions while Pittsburgh is a team in transition after losing their stars "Mean" Joe Greene, Jack Ham, and Lynn Swann to retirement over the last two years. The Steelers finished with an 8-8 record last year, their first non-winning season since defecting to the AFL 6 years ago.

    The mighty Raider defense pitched a perfect game in a 44-0 rout of the Steelers on primetime national television. Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw missed the game due to last minute elbow surgery in the offseason that could keep him out indefinitely. Neil Lomax took over the starting job in Bradshaw's absence but he struggled horribly, going 5 of 27 for 102 yards with 3 interceptions. On the other side of the ball the Raiders young second year quarterback Jim Mcmahon went 8 of 15 for 140 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in one of his first starts for the Raiders. Mcmahon put the Raiders up 7-0 with a 37 yard touchdown pass to Cliff Branch early in the first quarter. A Marcus Allen touchdown run and 2 field goals put the Raiders up 20-0 at the end of the first half. Marcus Allen ran for 2 more touchdowns in the third quarter to extend LA's lead to 34-0. Fred Williamson picked off Niel Lomax and ran it back 12 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put LA up 41-0, with third field goal Chris Bahr being the exclamation point on the 44-0 Monday Night Massacre. The Raiders defense was relentless, with 4 sacks, 5 turnovers, and only 108 total yards allowed. Mike Haynes shined in his Raider debut with 4 passes defended but Marcus Allen was the game's MVP with 113 yards rushing on 32 carries with 3 touchdowns.

    AFL Standings

    Northeast Conference
    Cincinnati Bengals 1-0
    Buffalo Bills 1-0
    New England Patriots 0-1
    New York Jets 0-1
    Pittsburgh Steelers 0-1
    Baltimore Colts 0-1
    Cleveland Browns 0-1

    Southwest Conference
    Los Angeles Raiders 1-0
    Kansas City Chiefs 1-0
    San Diego Chargers 1-0
    Seattle Seahawks 1-0
    Miami Dolphins 1-0
    Houston Oilers 0-1
    Denver Broncos 0-1

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    1983 AFL Season

    Week 2(Sep. 11th-12th)

    Player Of The Week: Jim Plunkett(QB, New England Patriots), 21 of 34 for 318 yds and 3 tds

    Kansas City Chiefs 20, Los Angeles Raiders 10- at Arrowhead Stadium, attendance 79,464. Joe Montana shredded the vaunted Raiders defense by completing 68% of his passes(21 of 31) for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Chiefs over the defending AFL Super Bowl Champs in front of a sold out home crowd. Defense ruled the game early on as both teams remained deadlocked in a 3-3 tied until Montana hit Art Monk across the middle for an 18 yard touchdown pass to put KC up 10-3 with 1:35 left in the first half. The Chiefs took a 17-3 lead after Montana's second touchdown pass late in the third quarter. Jim Mcmahon struggled for the first three quarters of the game but finally managed to drive LA down the field on an 11 play 79 yard scoring drive capped by a 16 yard touchdown pass that trimmed KC's lead to 17-10 with just over 5 minutes left in the game. The Chiefs converted on two critical third downs on their ensuing possession to move into range to add another field goal and seal their victory 20-10. Chiefs receiver Art Monk caught 10 passes for 134 yards and 1 touchdown. All eyes will be on the rematch in LA on primetime Monday Night Football on ABC in one of the most highly anticipated games of the season in six weeks.

    Miami Dolphins 24, Houston Oilers 13- at The Orange Bowl, attendance 59,364. Dolphins rookie running back Eric Dickerson ran for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns to edge the Oilers. Warren Moon drove Houston down the field to put them up 7-0 with just 3 plays in the first drive of the game. Earl Campbell ran for 91 yards while John Riggins ran for 74, but the Dolphins stingy "Killer B's" defense locked down on the Oilers passing game, sacking Moon twice and intercepting him once. Houston was only able to drive into scoring range twice after taking the lead early, with the Dolphins holding them to a field goal in each attempt. Eric Dickerson ran for his first touchdown to tie the game late in the first quarter with a 1 yard run up the middle on 3rd and goal. Houston took a 13-7 lead midway through the third quarter but Dickerson broke the game open with his second touchdown, a 43 yard scamper outrunning the entire Oilers defense. Dickerson's third touchdown iced Houston late in the fourth to secure Miami's victory. Dan Marino went 11 of 19 for 191 yards while Warren Moon went 14 of 35 for 159 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

    San Diego Chargers 21, Seattle Seahawks 14- at Jack Murphy Stadium, attendance 52,091. Tony Dorsett carried the Chargers to victory over the Seahawks by running for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dorsett's 7 yard touchdown run in the first quarter was followed by a 21 yard touchdown pass from Dan Fouts to Wes Chandler to put San Diego up 14-0. The Chargers defense shut Dave Krieg and Steve Largent down and held Seattle scoreless for 3 quarters. Dorsett scored his second touchdown with a 1 yard dive over the line early in the fourth quarter. Backup Joe Thiesman came in to relieve Krieg in the fourth quarter and scored 2 touchdowns, a 17 yard pass to James Lofton and a 4 yard run in the final :13 seconds. Seattle attempted an onside kick but were unable to recover. Thiesman, a major star signing out of the CFL this past offseason, is expected to take the starting job for the Seahawks after his strong performance in relief of the struggling Dave Krieg. Thiesman lost out to Dave Krieg in the competition for the Seahawks starting QB job in training camp.

    Cleveland Browns 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 10- at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, attendance 72,993. Brian Sipe threw for 204 passing yards and Otis Anderson ran for 2 touchdowns to help Cleveland send Pittsburgh to 0-2 for the first time since the Steelers joined the AFL. Neil Lomax made his second start for the Steelers substituting for the injured Terry Bradshaw and continued to struggle for the second week in a row, getting sacked 3 times and throwing 2 interceptions. Franco Harris ran for 94 yards and the Steelers only touchdown.

    New England Patriots 36, Buffalo Bills 16- at Rich Stadium, attendance 73,255. The Patriots defense intercepted Joe Furgeson 4 times and Jim Plunkett threw 3 touchdown passes to help New England outclass Buffalo in a blowout on the road. The Bills ran the opening kickoff back to take an early 7-0 lead but New England struck back with 24 unanswered points in the first half. Furgeson was sacked in the end zone by Andre Tippett for a safety to put New England up 26-7 early in the third quarter. Curt Warner ran for 91 yards and drove Buffalo into scoring range three different times in the second half but New England held Buffalo to field goals. Dwight Clark caught 7 passes for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns while James Wilder ran for 114 yards and had 1 touchdown receiving and 1 touchdown rushing.

    Denver Broncos 17, Cincinnati Bengals 9- at Mile High Stadium, attendance 74,801. Broncos star rookie quarterback John Elway struggled for his second week in a row but backup Steve Deberg came in the second half to lead Denver to a last second victory. Louis Wright picked off Ken Anderson and returned it for a touchdown early in the first quarter to put Denver up 7-0. Cincinnati returned the favor by intercepting Elway twice before the half, converting both turnovers into field goals to trim the Broncos lead to 7-6. Another Bengals field goal early in the third put the Bengals up 9-7 but Steve Deberg came in to replace Denver and led the Broncos on back to back scoring drives in the final 6 minutes to win the game.

    Memorial Stadium, Baltimore MD
    New York Jets(0-1) @ Baltimore Colts(0-1)
    Attendance: 53,198
    Nielson Rating: 16.9

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Jets 7 7 0 0 14
    Colts 10 7 7 3 27

    The Baltimore Colts and New York Jets rivalry takes center stage on ABC's Monday Night Football live on primetime national television. It all started at Super Bowl III, in 1969, the New York Jets represented the AFL against the Baltimore Colts of the NFL. What happened at Super Bowl III went down as the greatest upset in sports history as the Jets upset the Colts and followed through on Joe Namath's guaranteed victory. The win was a massive turning point for the history of the AFL. The league would back out of a planned merger with the NFL and gradually overcame the league as the #1 pro football league in America. The NFL went belly up following the 1977 season with the AFL purchasing what was left, distributing the star players in a special allocation draft and absorbing just 2 teams to keep active in the AFL, the Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Colts. The Colts and Jets developed a rivalry off of the bitter defeat that Baltimore suffered at the hands of the Jets in Super Bowl III, a defeat that haunted the Colts and hovered over them like a black cloud as the team failed to adjust to the AFL style of play, suffering losing seasons in each of their first 4 years. The Jets themselves went dormant following their Super Bowl III victory but both teams seen a resurgence in 1982, leading to a fiercely contested AFL Northeast Conference Wildcard Playoff game that New York won on a field goal in overtime.

    The rematch on Monday Night Football would be a different story as the Baltimore Colts avenged their defeat in the Wild Card game last year with a decisive 27-14 victory. The trade for former CFL star Tommy Kramer this past offseason proved to be the difference maker for the Colts as Kramer threw for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. Baltimore took a 3-0 early on but New York answered with a 74 yard touchdown run by Freeman Mcniel to go up 7-3. Tommy Kramer fired a 56 yard touchdown pass to put Baltimore up 10-7 going into the second quarter. The Jets drove 88 yard downfield to score on a 1 yard Steve Bartkowski touchdown run to retake the lead 14-10. Tommy Kramer threw his second touchdown pass, a 22 yarder, to put Baltimore back on top 17-14 to cap a phenomenal first half of play. The Colts defense wreaked havoc on Steve Bartkowski and held the Jets scoreless in the second half. Bartkowski was intercepted by Hatchett, who ran back a 33 yard touchdown to put Baltimore up 24-14 early in the fourth quarter. The Colts finished it with a field goal in the fourth quarter to take the 27-14 victory. Jets running back Freeman Mcneil ran for 103 yds while receiver Mike Quick caught 8 catches for 108 yds. The Colts defense dominated with Dexter Manley sacking Bartkowski twice, while the secondary picked him off 3 times. The game could have been an even bigger blowout but Colts kicker Raul Allegre missed 2 field goals.

    AFL Standings

    Northeast Conference
    New England Patriots 1-1
    Cincinnati Bengals 1-1
    Buffalo Bills 1-1
    Baltimore Colts 1-1
    Cleveland Browns 1-1
    New York Jets 0-2
    Pittsburgh Steelers 0-2

    Southwest Conference
    Kansas City Chiefs 2-0
    Miami Dolphins 2-0
    San Diego Chargers 2-0
    Los Angeles Raiders 1-1
    Seattle Seahawks 1-1
    Denver Broncos 1-1
    Houston Oilers 0-2

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    Bad news for this project is that my soft modded X-Box crashed on me about a month ago. I was planning on picking this back up but I was using an edited 1983 roster on NFL 2K5 to sim these games and keep track of a lot of stuff. I still want to keep this going to I will be abandoning the format and going back to just posting recap for the whole season in one post since I don't want this to die. I may try to get my X-Box fixed or get another one with NFL 2K5 rosters going. Stay tuned for 1983 results.

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    fuckin gutted mate, it'd be a shame to see this go, it's defo my favourite non-wrestling BTB. Hope you get your Xbox fixed bud.


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    Damn shame. I've recently been catching up with the series and it's definitely a good read. Hopefully you can get back in action. I'm definitely curious to see more.

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    One of my prized possessions is my AFL football cards collection.

    So many interesting players

    Big Cookie Gilchrist who never played college ball, went straight from HS to the CFL.

    Paul Lowe was so smooth.

    "Bambi" Lance Alworth

    "Golden Wheels" Elbert Dubenion the fastest player in the AFL, out of Blufton???

    Abner Haynes the North Texas State flash and the first "star" of the new league.

    Mack "The Truck" Lee Hill, what a monster, what a sad story.

    So much offense, so much scoring, yep, the defenses ...ah...weak.

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    1983 AFL MVP
    Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins), 1,921 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns

    AFL Offensive Player Of The Year
    Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins), 1,921 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns

    AFL Defensive Player Of The Year
    Lawrence Taylor(LB, LA Raiders), 12 SK, 3 INT, 6 FF, 2 FR, 1 TD

    AFL Rookie Of The Year
    Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins), 1,921 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns

    AFL Coach Of The Year
    Chuck Noll(Pittsburgh Steelers), 10 wins and playoff appearance without starting QB T. Bradshaw

    AFL Top Rated Passer
    Joe Montana(Kansas City Chiefs), 4,023 YDS, 28 TD

    AFL Rushing Leader
    Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins), 1,921 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns

    AFL Receiving Leader
    James Lofton(Seattle Seahawks), 1,422 YDS, 12 TD

    AFL Sack Leader
    Mark Gastineau(DE, NY Jets), 15 SK

    1983 AFL Standings

    AFL Northeast Football Conference
    New England Patriots 12-4
    Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6
    Cincinnati Bengals 8-8
    Baltimore Colts 8-8
    Cleveland Browns 6-10
    New York Jets 3-13
    Buffalo Bills 2-14

    AFL Southwest Football Conference
    Los Angeles Raiders 14-2
    Kansas City Chiefs 11-5
    Miami Dolphins 11-5
    Houston Oilers 10-6
    Seattle Seahawks 6-10
    San Diego Chargers 6-10
    Denver Broncos 5-11

    1983 AFL Playoffs

    +++Wild Card Playoffs+++

    AFL Northeastern Conference Wildcard Playoff
    Cincinnati Bengals 13 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 16(OT)

    AFL Southwestern Conference Wildcard Playoff
    Miami Dolphins 21 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17

    +++Conference Championships+++

    AFL Northeastern Conference Championship
    Pittsburgh Steelers 10 @ New England Patriots 20

    AFL Southwestern Conference Championship
    Miami Dolphins 13 @ Los Angeles Raiders 24

    New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Raiders

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Patriots 0 0 6 7 13
    Raiders 14 6 3 6 29

    Super Bowl XVIII MVP:

    Marcus Allen(121 yds, 1 TD)

    The LA Raiders captured their 2nd AFL Super Bowl title in a row by dominating Bill Walsh's New England Patriots. The main storyline of the game was last year's Super Bowl MVP quarterback Jim Plunkett being traded away from the Raiders to the Patriots this past offseason. Plunkett seemed to be the missing piece of Bill Walsh's offense as he led the Patriots to a 12-4 record to run away with the Northeastern Conference Title. Plunkett was intercepted 3 times by his former Raider team mates in Super Bowl XVIII, including once by the man that the Raiders traded him for, cornerback Mike Haynes. Just as Plunkett was the missing piece for the Patriots offense so was Haynes for the Raiders defense. The cornerback duo of Haynes and Lester Hayes proved to be too much for any offense in the league to overcome in 1983. The Raiders played stout defense and ran the ball with Marcus Allen to dominate the Patriots and win their 6th Super Bowl title(their 7th AFL title overall), more than any other team in the league.

    AFL '83: The Empire Strikes Back

    When it comes down to the most dominant sports franchises of all time one has to consider the NBA's Boston Celtics, a team that has won 14 Championship Titles. In the NHL it's the Montreal Canadians with 20 Stanley Cup Championship Titles. In Major League Baseball it's the New York Yankees with 22 World Series Titles. In the American Football League there is only 1, the Los Angeles Raiders, 7 time dominators of the toughest, most physically demanding and most popular sports league in the United States, the American Football League. The Raiders ran the table in the AFL once again in 1983 with one of the greatest defensive units the league has ever seen, a defense led by MVP candidate Lawrence Taylor, supported by Lyle "Darth Raider" Alzado, Howie Long, Ted Hendricks, Matt Millen and the best cornerback duo in the league, Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes. The Raiders defense was unstoppable all season, powering the Raiders to 14 victories in the regular season before blacking out both the Dolphins and Patriots in the post season. On offense the Raiders star was running back Marcus Allen while the passing game was led by second year quarterback Jim Mcmahon. After losing to the Chiefs in week 2 the Raiders went on a rampage with 13 straight victories(including a victory over Kansas City in the rematch) before losing a meaningless finale against the Oilers after they had already secured the Southwestern Division Title. The Raiders cemented their status as a dynasty in 1983, the greatest most dominant franchise in AFL history.

    Bill Walsh continued to prove to be one of the most innovative offensive minds in the AFL in 1983 after his Patriots acquired quarterback Jim Plunkett from the Raiders. Plunkett thrived in Walsh's offense, utilizing weapons like rookie fullback Roger Craig and veterans like Stanley Morgan and Dwight Clark in a lethal quick short range passing attack. An improved defense led by one of the best linebacker corps in the AFL(Steve Nelson, Harry Carson, Andre Tippet, Keena Turner) helped take Walsh's Patriots back to their second Super Bowl appearance in the last 4 seasons. Even though the Patriots fell short against the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII they proved that they will be contenders in the Northwestern Conference for years to come.

    The hottest commodity in the AFL in 1983 was without a doubt the Miami Dolphins led by two of the most popular rookie superstars to hit the AFL in years, quarterback Dan Marino and running back Eric Dickerson. The rookie duo was backed up by one of the fastest and most effective defensive units in the AFL, and the result was Don Shula's squad stealing the AFL Southwestern Conference Wild Card spot away from the Houston Oilers with an 11-5 finish. Dan Marino established himself as one of the premier gunslingers in the league while Eric Dickerson ran for over 1,921 rushing yards to become the first ever rookie to win the AFL MVP award. The Dolphins went on the road and pulled off a major upset by defeating the Chiefs in Arrowhead in the Wild Card playoff but their inexperience on offense cost them dearly in the Southwestern Conference Title Game against the Raiders, who held Eric Dickerson to just 77 rushing yards in a devastating defeat.

    The Kansas City Chiefs took the next step in 1983 with one of their best seasons in years. Joe Montana took his throne as the top QB in the AFL with over 4,000 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes, leading the Chiefs to an 11-5 record including the victory over the Raiders in week 2. Kansas City started the season on a 7-0 run before losing their first game of the season in the rematch against the Raiders. Montana and the Chiefs will be back on a rampage in 1984 after suffering a crushing playoff loss at home against the Dolphins in the Southwest Wildcard Playoff.

    AFL Coach Of The Year honors went to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll after he led Pittsburgh to a 10-6 season and a playoff win even though they lost Terry Bradshaw for the year in preseason. Noll's 1983 season will go down as one of his finest as a coach since he guided a team of aging vets and young rookies to being one of the best teams in the AFL. Backup quarterback Neil Lomax stepped in for Terry Bradshaw and surprised the experts that counted Pittsburgh out after their 0-4 start. Lomax led the offense to help Pittsburgh win 10 of their last 12 games to steal the second place spot in the Northeast away from their rivals the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals had to fight it out to the very end to make the playoffs as their season came down to the final Monday Night Football game in Pittsburgh. The Bengals defeated Pittsburgh to make the final Wild Card spot but were forced to return to Pittsburgh the very next week where they lost by a field goal in overtime.

    for the Houston Oilers and Baltimore Colts the 1983 season turned out to be a season of disappointment as both teams fought their hearts out but ultimately fell just short of the playoffs. For Houston they fought back from an 0-3 start with John Riggins and Earl Campbell combining for over 1,800 rushing yards leading them to a 10-6 finish, falling just 1 game short of the playoffs in the Southwest. The Baltimore Colts again fielded one of the best defenses in the AFL in 1983 but their chance at a playoff spot was crushed when the Bengals beat the Steelers in the season finale, giving them the tiebreaker over the Colts for the final Wild Card spot in the Northeast(better record against conference opponents).

    And then there were the also-rans, the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, and Chargers, for these teams there's always next year. For the Browns and Jets it was once again a myriad of injuries that plagued their season, while the Bills struggled with new head coach Ted Marchibroda and woes at the quarterback position. In Seattle it was an aging defense that kept Chuck Knox in the losing column in his coaching debut, while in San Diego Don Coryell's once super-powered offense seamed to have lost a bit of it's step. Broncos head coach Dan Reeves job seemed to be in jeopardy after a 1-7 start with rookie quarterback John Elway struggling. Reeves was able to save his job by winning 4 of the Broncos last 5 games.
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    Pro Football Offseason News
    February, March, April 1984

    Colts leave Baltimore, move to Indianapolis

    Baltimore will lose their beloved Colts football team to the city of Indianapolis after owner Robert Irsay finalized the team's move this Spring. The Colts won 3 NFL Championship titles for the city in 1958, 1959, and 1970, while also playing in the final game in NFL history in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the stunning 1977 NFL Championship game. The Colts were one of 2 teams to stay alive by transitioning to the AFL in 1978 but the team struggled both on the field and in the box office. The Indianapolis Colts will begin play in the Hoosier Dome in the 1984 AFL season.

    Donald Trump fails in bid for AFL/USFL franchises

    Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump's attempt to purchase the Baltimore Colts fell through at the last minute after Colts owner was able to strike a lucrative deal to move the team to Indianapolis. After failing to secure an AFL franchise Trump turned to the USFL in an attempt to either buy an existing franchise or purchase the rights to an expansion team to launch in either New York or New Jersey. Trump was unable to make any deals to buy any of the existing USFL teams and was denied an expansion team after the USFL owners voted against having a new team in New York/New Jersey(the league has taken a strong stance against having teams in AFL markets as part of their long term strategy to survive. Rumors are that Trump will move on from football and will be looking to purchase either an NBA or MLB franchise.

    AFL stars Campbell and Sipe jump to USFL

    The new rival USFL league has pulled off major moves this offseason with the signing of Houston Oilers legendary running back Earl Campbell and Browns star quarterback Brian Sipe. Sipe signed a contract with the USFL's Oklahoma Outlaws while Campbell was inked to a 4 year contract with the recently rebranded Texas Gamblers, formerly known as the Texas Rattlesnakes owner H.R. Bright was able to pay down some of the teams debt by selling a portion of ownership in the team to country music star Kenny Rogers. Even though both Campbell and Sipe just finished a grueling season in the AFL both are hoped to be able to play in the 1984 USFL season kicking off this April.

    USFL signs Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier

    The USFL has stolen away the Heisman Trophy winner for the second straight year after Mike Rozier was inked to a 5 year deal with the USFL's Philadelphia Stars. Rozier ran for 2,148 yards and 29 touchdowns for Nebraska in 1983 and was sure to be a top 5 pick in the upcoming AFL draft. The deal was one of many major signings as the USFL continues it's assault on the AFL by swiping away many of the top young prospects coming out of college football on the eve of the 1984 AFL draft. Other USFL signings this offseason include one of the top defenders coming out of college football in Reggie White(St. Louis Knights), quarterbacks Steve Young(New Orleans Pirates) and Jay Schroeder(Tampa Bay Bandits), wide receivers Ricky Sanders(New Orleans Pirates), Gary Clark(Washington Sentinals), running back Ernest Byner(Atlanta Wildcats) and offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman(Oakland Invaders).

    Steelers Legends Terry Bradshaw and Mel Blount announce retirement

    The Pittsburgh Steelers lost two of the all time greats when quarterback Terry Bradshaw and defensive back Mel Blount both retired this off-season. Blount and Bradshaw were instrumental in Pittsburgh's back-to-back NFL titles in 1974 and 1975 as well as their back-to-back AFL Super Bowl titles in 1978 and 1979, helping them become the only team to have ever won both AFL and NFL titles. Bradshaw missed the entire 1983 season due to injuries with his backup Neil Lomax expected to take over as the full time starter after impressive performances last year in Bradshaw's absence. The AFL will experience a sharp turnover in the talent on the field in 1984 as Bradshaw and Blount headline a murderers row of future AFL Hall Of Famers to announce their retirement this offseason, a list of names that include Dan Dierdorf, Randy Gradishar, Ted Hendricks, Drew Pearson, Leon Gray, Elvin Bethea, Phil Villapiano, Harvey Martin, and Bob Kuechenberg.

    Chiefs trade for Youngblood and Delamielleure

    The Chiefs will attempt to surpass their dominant division rival LA Raiders in 1984 after trading for Bills veteran linebacker Jack Youngblood and Browns offensive lineman Joe Delamiellure. Kansas City dealt a 4th round pick for Youngblood and a 5th and 6th rounder for Delamiellure. Other major trades in the AFL this spring include the Bills trading running back Wilbert Montgomery to Cincinnati for a 5th round pick, reuniting Montgomery with his former head coach Dick Vermiel whom he was drafted by and played for during his rookie year with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL. Wide receiver Harold Carmichael was also traded from Cleveland to Denver for a 2nd round pick.

    AFL Coaching Changes

    Buffalo Bills hire Pete Carroll as new defensive backs coach

    Cleveland Browns hire Sam Wyche as new quarterbacks coach

    Denver Broncos hire Mike Shanahan as new wide receivers coach

    Denver Broncos hire Alex Gibbs as new offensive line coach

    Houston Oilers hire Ken Houston as new defensive backs coach

    Kansas City Chiefs hire Bud Carson as new defensive coordinator

    Miami Dolphins hire Dave Shula as new wide receivers coach

    Buffalo Bills hire Tom Coughlin as new wide receivers coach

    USFL Offseason News & Notes

    Tom Landry officially retires as Texas Gamblers head coach after 1 season after contract dispute with ownership. Former Houston Oilers and Oklahoma Outlaws head coach Bum Phillips was hired, reuniting him with former Oilers running back Earl Campbell.

    Virginia Halas Mcaskey inherits Chicago Stallions after the death of her legendary grandfather George Halas last October.

    Oakland Invaders fire head coach John Ralston, hire former USC head coach John Robinson as replacement.

    Craig Morton resigns as San Francisco Sharks head coach after winning 1983 USFL Championship Game after contract dispute, former 49ers head coach Dick Nolan hired as replacement.

    Former Denver Broncos Super Bowl winning QB and current New Orleans Pirates quarterback Archie Manning announces retirement.

    Running back Gary Anderson traded from Texas Gamblers to Detroit Panthers

    Bill Parcells signs as new head coach of Oklahoma Outlaws, Bill Belichick signed as defensive coordinator

    Monte Kiffin hired as new Milwaukee Maulers defensive line coach

    Wayne Fontes hired as new Detroit Panthers defensive coordinator

    Gunther Cunningham hired as new Chicago Stallions defensive line coach

    AFL Hall Of Fame Class of 1984 Revealed

    This year's AFL Hall Of Fame class was limited to just 3 stand out players, those being former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Paul Warfield, dangerous weapon for Don Shula's 3 time AFL Super Bowl Championship Dolphins of the early 70's. The remaining two inductees include former Kansas City Chiefs Buck Buchanan and Abner Hayes.

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