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    1984



    1984 AFL Co-MVP Award Winners
    Dan Marino(QB, Miami Dolphins), 5,107 passing yards, 50 passing touchdowns
    Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins), 2,017 yards & 14 TD rushing, 367 yards & 6 TD receiving


    AFL Offensive Player Of The Year
    Dan Marino(QB, Miami Dolphins), 5,107 passing yards, 50 passing touchdowns

    AFL Defensive Player Of The Year
    Mark Gastineau(DE, NY Jets), 20.5 Sacks

    AFL Rookie Of The Year
    Louis Lipps(WR, Pittsburgh Steelers), 1,211 receiving yards, 9 touchdowns

    AFL Coach Of The Year
    Chuck Noll(Pittsburgh Steelers), 1st place finish after losing Jack Lambert & Franco Harris for the year

    AFL Top Rated Passer
    Dan Marino(QB, Miami Dolphins), 5,107 passing yards, 50 passing touchdowns

    AFL Rushing Leader
    Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins), 2,017 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns

    AFL Receiving Leader
    John Stallworth(Pittsburgh Steelers), 1,488 YDS, 14 TD

    AFL Sack Leader
    Mark Gastineau(DE, NY Jets), 20.5 SK


    AFL Interception Leader
    Kenny Easley(Seattle Seahawks), 10 INT




    1984 AFL Standings


    AFL Northeast Football Conference
    Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5
    New York Jets 8-8
    New England Patriots 8-8
    Indianapolis Colts 6-10
    Cincinnati Bengals 5-11
    Cleveland Browns 5-11
    Buffalo Bills 3-13



    AFL Southwest Football Conference
    Miami Dolphins 15-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 12-4
    Los Angeles Raiders 10-6
    Seattle Seahawks 9-7
    Denver Broncos 9-7
    San Diego Chargers 6-10
    Houston Oilers 5-11





    1984 AFL Playoffs




    +++Wild Card Playoffs+++




    AFL Northeastern Conference Wildcard Playoff
    vs
    New England Patriots 20 @ New York Jets 13





    AFL Southwestern Conference Wildcard Playoff
    vs
    LA Raiders 23 @ Kansas City Chiefs 27





    +++Conference Championships+++





    AFL Northeastern Conference Championship
    vs
    New England Patriots 14 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21





    AFL Southwestern Conference Championship
    vs
    Kansas City Chiefs 24 @ Miami Dolphins 20









    January 20th, 1985, Stanford Stadium, Stanford CA


    vs
    Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh Steelers


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Chiefs 6 14 7 3 30
    Steelers 0 7 10 0 17

    Super Bowl XIX MVP:

    Walter Payton(117 yds rushing, 63 yards receiving, 2 TD)

    The Kansas City Chiefs took the throne as kings of the AFL for the first time since 1969 by denying Chuck Noll's Steelers their 5th pro title in Super Bowl XIX. Walter Payton led the Chiefs on back to back drives inside Pittsburgh territory in the first quarter but the Steelers young defense held Kansas City to field goals by battering Joe Montana with a relentless 3rd down blitzing. Kansas City's defense shut Pittsburgh down in the first quarter and scored the first touchdown of the game after Ronnie Lott returned an interception 33 yards early in the second quarter. A blocked punt by Kansas City set up a 16 yard touchdown pass from Montana to Payton on Kansas City's ensuing possession to give the Chiefs a 20-0 lead. Pittsburgh answered by returning the ensuing kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-7 going into the half.

    Pittsburgh came out strong in the second half, utilizing a strong rushing attack by Gerald Riggs to put together an 80 yard scoring drive in the opening possession of the half. A 1 yard touchdown run by Riggs cut the Chiefs lead to 20-14. Joe Montana was picked off by the Steelers' defense on Kansas City's first possession of the second half, setting up a 36 yard field goal that cut Kansas City's lead to 20-17 with 3:11 left in the third quarter. Kansas City put a dagger through the heart of Pittsburgh's valiant comeback effort when Walter Payton broke through the Steeler defense for an amazing 79 yard touchdown run that will go down as one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. The touchdown put Kansas City up 27-17 going into the 4th quarter. Kansas City forced a three and out on Pittsburgh's ensuing possession and then proceeded to eat up most of the 4th quarter with an 86 yard drive that was capped by the field goal that put an end to the competitive phase of Super Bowl XIX. Kansas City held on to their 30-17 lead to capture the 1984 AFL Championship title in one of the most spectacular Super Bowl games ever played. For Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh Steelers it was a bitter heartbreaking defeat but for Marv Levy, Joe Montana, Walter Payton, and the Kansas City Chiefs it was an emotional glorious victory that can never be taken away, for finally, they were Champions Of The World...










    AFL '84: Welcome To The Next Level


    Amidst a decline in ratings and attendance and fierce competition from a rival upstart league, the American Football League celebrated it's 25th anniversary season in 1984, a season that could go down as the one that saved the AFL. The headline story that set the sports world on fire in 1984 was that of the unbelievable firepower of the Miami Dolphins offense led by the Crockett & Tubbs of the AFL, Dan Marino and Eric Dickerson. Together Marino and Dickerson put AFL defenses in a Miami Vice throughout the 1984 season, leading many to believe that Shula's Dolphins could go undefeated after an impressive 9-0 start. The Dolphins winning streak drew record ratings and attendance, including the Monday Night Football showdown against Joe Montana's Kansas City Chiefs where Montana brought an end to Miami's perfect season with a 34-31 comeback win. Miami regrouped from their defeat in Kansas City to finish the season with 6 straight wins, including 35-30 victory over the Chiefs in the rematch in week 15. The Dolphins finished with a 15-1 record to lock up first place in the Southwest. Dan Marino and Eric Dickerson were named Co-MVPs after Marino shattered Dan Fouts single season passing records while Dickerson became only the 3rd man to ever rush for over 2,000 yards in pro football history.


    Without a doubt the story of the 1984 AFL regular season belonged to the Miami Dolphins, but the story of the 1984 AFL playoffs quickly became the greatness of veterans Joe Montana and Walter Payton of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs felt the stinging heartbreak of playoff failure when they lost to the Raiders in the 1982 Southwest Conference Championship Game, then again when they were upset by the young Dolphins at home in the 1983 Wild Card round. But in 1984 the Chiefs took the next step. They took 1st place of the Southwest with their spectacular comeback victory over the Dolphins on Monday Night Football in week 10 and held onto it after a 12-1 start. Receiver Art Monk became a favorite target of Montana, eventually leading the AFL with 111 receptions. The Great One Walter Payton finished second in the AFL with over 1,400 rushing yards running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Many thought the Chiefs would fold in the playoffs again after they lost all 3 of their final games to fall out of first place with a 12-4 record. Come playoff time though Kansas City made one of the greatest runs in AFL postseason history, avenging both of their losses in the 82 and 83 playoffs by defeating the LA Raiders in the Wild Card and then upsetting the Dolphins in their third meeting in Miami in the Southwest Conference Championship. Kansas City would go on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIX in one of the best Super Bowl games in recent history.

    The victory in Super Bowl XIX was the sweetest for Walter Payton, widely regarded as one of the best pro football players in the history of the sport. Payton was the best in the NFL during the dying years of the league where his early years where wasted playing for the lowly Chicago Bears. After the NFL folded in 1977 Payton was the very first pick in a special allocation draft where NFL players where selected by AFL teams. Kansas City took Payton #1 in the NFL allocation draft but Walter was forced to suffer through being on one of the worst teams in the AFL at the time. Now after suffering through losing years in Chicago and Kansas City and back to back playoff heartbreak in 1982 and 83, finally the best player in the AFL was able to hoist the Super Bowl trophy.


    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll again won AFL Coach Of The Year honors in 1984, this time by leading a young inexperienced defense to being one of the top units in the league. The Steelers lost Jack Lambert for the year to a knee injury in week 1, then lost Franco Harris for the year to an achilles injury in week 2. The Steelers rallied from an 0-2 start to rattle off 5 consecutive wins, eventually finishing with an 11-5 record to dominate their way to 1st place in the Northeast. Pittsburgh was led by quarterback Neil Lomax, who finished second in passing yards only behind Dan Marino. Lomax lit up the AFL with Rookie Of The Year Louis Lipps and a strong resurgence from the legend Jon Stallworth, who would go on to lead the AFL in receiving yards with 1,488. The Steelers would avenge their defeat in the 1983 Northeast Conference Championship by defeating the Patriots in Pittsburgh to advance to their 4th AFL Super Bowl. Pittsburgh fell to a 20-0 deficit against Kansas City in Super Bowl XIX but they fought their way back in the second half, eventually closing the gap to 20-17 before eventually collapsing in the 4th quarter to lose the game 30-17.

    Elsewhere in the AFL in 1984 it was the stars that breathed new life into the league. It was John Elway in Denver, who emerged as one of the best arms in the AFL leading Denver to their first winning season in 5 years. In Seattle in was Joe Thiesman, who threw for 36 touchdowns for the Seahawks keeping them in the playoff hunt until the final game of the season where they lost out to the Raiders in a fierce epic battle for the final Wild Card spot in the Southwest. In Los Angeles it was Doug Williams, who returned from a devastating career threatening knee injury to save the Raiders season filling in for the oft injured Jim Mcmahon. In New York it was Mark Gastineau, who led the AFL in sacks to help take the Jets back to the playoffs. In Houston it was Warren Moon, who threw for more passing yards than any Oilers quarterback since George Blanda in the early days of the AFL in 1961. In New England it was a star studded defense that saved the Patriots season after losing Jim Plunkett to injury in week 4, taking The Patriots back to the Northeast Conference Championship for the 3rd time in the last 5 seasons.


    For the also-rans there is always next year. In Cleveland head coach Sam Rutigliano was fired mid-season after a loss to the winless Buffalo Bills sent them to a 2-6 record. Interim head coach Marty Schottenhiemer took over and won the head coaching job by leading the Browns to impressive wins in 2 out of their last 3 games. In Cincinnati the Bengals finished with a disappointing 5-11 in what turned out to be Dick Vermiel's final season as head coach after announcing his retirement after their loss to Cleveland in the finale. Ken Anderson missed 7 games due to injury and could be passing the torch to Boomer Esiason, who finished strong in his rookie campaign in Anderson's absence. In Indianapolis the Colts struggled in their first season after the tumultuous move from Baltimore in the off-season. The Colts lost their star runner Billy Sims to a devastating knee injury in week 4 and them stumbled to a 6-10 finish in their inaugural season in the Hoosier Dome. In San Diego it would prove to be an end of an era as the Chargers released longtime coach Don Coryell after another disappointing 6-10 season. For the Buffalo Bills they again finished in the bottom of the league with a 3-13 finish and will again be searching for another head coach after firing Ted Marchibroda at the end of the year.
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    I think this might have been your best year yet. Marino and Dickerson combining for 7 thousand yards of offense would have been fucking amazing to watch. And all that just to get bounced by the Chiefs. Walter getting his deserved touchdown in the Super Bowl. Just all around awesome shit man. I look forward to these updates. Keep up the great work.





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    1985 American Football League Record & Fact Book
    25th Season Anniversary Edition



    Super Bowl XIX MVP Walter Payton(RB, Kansas City Chiefs)




    AFL Hall Of Fame

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    Lance Alworth- Wide Receiver. Inducted in 1980. 1962-1972 San Diego Chargers. One of the most dangerous offensive weapons in AFL in the 1960's decade, 6 time first team AFL All Pro, key player for 1963 San Diego Chargers AFL Championship run.

    Houston Antwine- Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1983. 1961-1972 New England Patriots. Dominant defensive tackle for Patriots for 11 seasons, 6 time AFL All Star.

    Bobby Bell- Linebacker. Inducted in 1980. 1963-1974 Kansas City Chiefs. One of the greatest linebackers in AFL history. 6 time first team AFL All Pro. Leader of dominant Kansas City Chiefs defense that won 2 AFL titles and Super Bowl IV.

    George Blanda- Quarterback/Kicker. Inducted in 1980. 1960-1966 Houston Oilers, 1967-1975 Oakland Raiders. A member of 6 AFL Championship winning teams during his 16 year career in the AFL with Raiders and Oilers. Won 1961 AFL MVP award winning season where he threw for then record 36 touchdown passes.

    Willie Brown- Cornerback. Inducted in 1980. 1963-1966 Denver Broncos, 1967-1978 Oakland Raiders. 54 interceptions, 5 time AFL All Pro and 9 time AFL All Star during 16 year career with Broncos and Raiders.

    Buck Buchanan- Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1984. 1963-1975 Kansas City Chiefs. Devastating monster at 6'7" 270 pounds dominated the trenches for Chiefs defense that won 2 AFL Titles and 1 Super Bowl.

    Nick Buoniconti- Linebacker. Inducted in 1980. 1962-1968 Boston Patriots, 1969-1976 Miami Dolphins. Leader of Dolphins defense that won 3 consecutive Super Bowls including perfect 17-0 season in 1972.

    Butch Byrd- Cornerback. Inducted in 1981. 1964-1971 Buffalo Bills. Dominant cornerback that was a major factor in Buffalo Bills highly innovative defense that won back to back AFL Titles in 1964-1965. 3 time AFL All Pro and 4 time AFL All Star.

    Len Dawson- Quarterback. Inducted in 1981. 1962-1975 Kansas City Chiefs. Top rated passer in the AFL during the 1960's, led Chiefs to AFL titles in 1962, 1966, and Super Bowl IV title. Holds AFL record for career touchdown passes with 237.

    Weeb Ewbank- Head Coach. Inducted in 1982. 1963-1973 New York Jets. Led the Jets to monumental victory over NFL's Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in one of the landmark moments in AFL history.

    Cookie Gilchrist- Running Back. Inducted in 1983. 1962-1964 Buffalo Bills, 1965 Denver Broncos, 1966 Miami Dolphins, 1967 Denver Broncos. One of the greatest power runners in AFL history, the 1962 AFL MVP and driving force in Buffalo Bills to 1964 AFL title.

    Sid Gillman- Head Coach. Inducted in 1983. 1960-1971 San Diego Chargers, 1973-1974 Houston Oilers. Led Chargers to AFL Title in 1963, innovated many of the common offensive strategies in use in modern day AFL.

    Abner Hayes- Running Back. Inducted in 1984. 1960-1964 Kansas City Chiefs, 1965-1966 Denver Broncos, 1967 Miami Dolphins. Won MVP honors in inaugural 1960 AFL season. 2 time AFL All Star, 2 time AFL All Pro and one of the first big stars in the early days of the league.

    Charley Hennigan- Wide Receiver. Inducted in 1983. 1960-1966 Houston Oilers. Set AFL records with 1,746 receiving yards in 1961 season. 3 time AFL All Pro and 5 time AFL All Star as well as integral part in Oilers back to back AFL titles in 1960-1961.

    Lamar Hunt- League Founder/Team Owner. Inducted in 1982. 1960-present Kansas City Chiefs. Founding father of the AFL and the owner/founder of the Kansas City Chiefs franchise, winners of 4 AFL titles and 2 Super Bowls.

    Tom Keating- Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1982. 1964-1965 Buffalo Bills, 1966-1973 Oakland Raiders, 1974-1975 Kansas City Chiefs. A member of 4 AFL Championship winning defensive units and part of Raiders defensive line that set all time records for sacks during three year period from 1967 to 1969.

    Paul Lowe- Running Back. Inducted in 1983. 1960-1968 San Diego Chargers, 1968-1969 Kansas City Chiefs. Over 6,000 yards from the line of scrimmage and 45 rushing and receiving touchdowns in 10 year career as one of the best running backs in the AFL in the 1960's decade.

    Don Maynard- Wide Receiver. Inducted in 1981. 1960-1973 New York Jets. AFL all time leader in receiving yards, reception and receiving touchdowns with 11,750 receiving yards and 88 touchdowns during 13 year career with Jets, 4 time AFL All Star and Super Bowl III Champion.

    Ron Mix- Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 1980. 1960-1969 San Diego Chargers, 1971 Oakland Raiders. Was named AFL All Pro in each of his first 9 seasons in the league as one of the most dominant linemen of the 1960's decade.

    Joe Namath- Quarterback. Inducted in 1980. 1965-1977 New York Jets. First quarterback in AFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards on the field and one of the biggest attractions at the box office in AFL history. 2 time AFL MVP as well as Super Bowl III MVP.

    Jim Otto- Center. Inducted in 1980. 1960-1974 Oakland Raiders. Arguably the greatest center in AFL history, 10 time AFL All Pro, 12 time AFL All Star.

    Tom Sestak- Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1982. 1962-1968 Buffalo Bills. Anchor of dominant Bills defensive line that won back to back AFL titles in 1954-1965, 3 time AFL All Pro, 4 time AFL All Star.

    Billy Shaw- Offensive Guard. Inducted in 1980. 1961-1969 Buffalo Bills. Premier guard in 1960's AFL, 5 time AFL All Pro, 8 time AFL All Star, spearheaded Bills rushing attack that won back to back AFL titles.

    OJ Simpson- Running back. Inducted in 1980. 1969-1979 Buffalo Bills. AFL's all time leading rusher with over 11,000 rushing yards including first ever 2,000 yard rushing season in 1973 AFL MVP season.

    Hank Stram- Coach. Inducted in 1982. 1960-1974 Kansas City Chiefs. Led Chiefs to 3 AFL Championship titles including victory over NFL's Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

    Mike Stratton- Linebacker. Inducted in 1981. 1962-1972 Buffalo Bills, 1973 San Diego Chargers. Leader of dominant Bills defense that won back to back AFL titles in 1964-1965, 3 time AFL All Pro, 6 time AFL All Star.

    Paul Warfield- Wide Receiver. Inducted in 1984. 1970-1977 Miami Dolphins. Dangerous deep threat weapon for Miami Dolphins dynasty that won 3 consecutive Super Bowl titles from 1971 to 1973 including undefeated 1972 season.




    AFL Chronology

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    • December 28th, 1958: The NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants goes into sudden death overtime(the very first ever) on live primetime network television, producing a climactic finish that triggers a boom in interest in the National Football League across the entire USA. It was in this game where the marriage between football and television was born and the first in a series of events that seen the sport soar in popularity, eventually becoming the most popular in the USA.



    • 1959: The rise in interest in the NFL on TV created a demand for the league in cities across the United States but the tight knit group of 12 NFL owners at the time had no interest in expanding the league with new teams. Lamar Hunt, Bud Adams, Bob Howsam and Max Winter all separately unsuccessfully tried to buy controlling interest in the Chicago Cardinals to move the team to their respective markets but each found themselves left out in the cold after the Bidwell family maintained majority ownership of the club. Lamar Hunt organized Howsam, Adams, and Winter to form their own league, the American Football League. The original group of AFL owners were eventually nicknamed "The Foolish Club" for their brazen attempt to challenge the 40 year old NFL head to head on Sundays in the Fall.



    • September 11th, 1960: The inaugural season of the American Football League kicks off with 8 teams, the Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Titans, Houston Oilers, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos. The NFL countered the launch of the AFL by launching the Dallas Cowboys franchise in 1960 and stealing away the planned Minnesota AFL franchise for what would become the Minnesota Vikings in 1961. The AFL pulled off a major coup by signing 75% of the NFL's first-round draft choices in 1960, including the Houston Oilers signing Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon.



    • January 29, 1964: the AFL signed a $36 million television contract with NBC(beginning in the 1965 season), securing the financial future of the league and giving it the strength to compete with the NFL. The war between the two leagues reached new heights going into 1965 as both leagues fought for the top talent coming out of college. AFL raided the NFL rosters for veterans and stole away the best college talent such as Joe Namath, who signed the biggest rookie contract in pro football history up to that point when he signed with the New York Jets in the AFL for $427,000 and a new car.



    • June 8th, 1966: Due to soaring player salaries due to bidding between the NFL and AFL several of the owners in both leagues arranged secret meetings to discuss a potential merger in the spring of 1966. The details were worked out and the official announcement for the AFL-NFL merger rocked the sports world on June 8th. The terms of the agreement included an NFL/AFL player draft for college talent beginning in 1967. The plan was made for the two leagues to fully merge in 1970 with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle remaining as commissioner of the merged league. The two leagues agreed on an "NFL vs AFL World Championship Game" held between the two league champions at the end of the 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 seasons before the official merger. Another term of the agreement was that the AFL teams had to return all of the veteran talent that had been poached from NFL teams during the 1966 off-season and the AFL would pay $18 million of indemnities to the NFL over a 20 year payment plan.



    • January 12th, 1969: Joe Namath follows through on his guaranteed victory as the AFL's New York Jets defeat the NFL's Baltimore Colts in one of the biggest upsets in all of sports history in Super Bowl III, the 3rd AFL vs NFL World Championship of Professional Football. The victory was the AFL's first win over the NFL in the series after being blown out in the first 2 games in 1967(Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10) and 1968(Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14). Namath shocked the sports world after the game when he threw down the Super Bowl trophy and declared the AFL Championship Trophy to be the real title in pro football. Namath announced that the AFL would not merge with the NFL and that the AFL was the superior league. Just 1 week after Super Bowl III AFL president Lamar Hunt held a press conference and backed up Joe Namath's claim, announcing that the AFL has decided to back out of their planned merger with the NFL set for the 1970 season. Hunt told the media that the AFL had too much momentum and the owners felt that there was no reason to give that momentum away to someone else. NFL owners and officials were outraged. By the preseason of 1969 lawsuits and countersuits were filed by the AFL and NFL as a legal battle broke out. Both leagues went on with the 1969 seasons as planned and how they went down in real life, nothing on the field is changed here in this alternate reality, not yet. Super Bowl IV goes down with the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs utterly destroying the NFL's Minnesota Vikings to further solidify the renegade league's claims as the premier league in pro football.



    • June 30th, 1970: The AFL wins a major court battle by winning the rights to the term "Super Bowl" to be used for the AFL Championship Game at the end of every season. Courts ruled in favor of the AFL in the battle for the trademarks just one month after the AFL signed an exclusive television contract with ABC to air "Monday Night Foootball" live on primetime on Monday nights starting in 1970. AFL Monday Night Football on ABC becomes an instant hit and solidifies the AFL as the more colorful, charismatic, and entertaining brand of pro football. The two leagues play on as separate entities in 1970 with the NFL Championship Game going head to head with the AFL's "Super Bowl" at the end of the season. The NFL Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Colts goes down as the "Blunder Bowl" in a mistake ridden sloppy outing while the Oakland Raiders thoroughly handle the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl V to win the AFL Championship.



    • January 16th 1972: A major turning point in the ongoing war between the AFL vs NFL occurs when the 1971 NFL Championship went head to head with the AFL's Super Bowl VI. Ratings plummeted during the NFL Championship Game in a boring rematch between the Cowboys and Colts finished with a 17-0 score while ratings for AFL Super Bowl VI soared as a thriller between the Kansas City Chiefs vs Miami Dolphins unfolded as an all time classic that finished in double overtime. This was a major blow by the AFL to the NFL just as they had continued to steal away all top draft picks coming out of college, including #1 NFL pick Archie Manning. NFL 1970 MVP John Brodie was stolen away from the San Francisco 49ers by the AFL's Houston Oilers to add insult to injury. Another major move was for the Oakland Raiders to sign Jim Brown, bringing arguably the greatest player in NFL history out of retirement just days after being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Brown returned to limited action for the Raiders in the AFL in 1971, running the ball 48 times in 6 games for 171 total yards and 2 touchdowns but he was a major attraction that generated excitement and publicity for the AFL. The AFL started to break away from the NFL in 1972, eclipsing the established brand in attendance and television ratings for the first time.



    • 1975: The AFL dominates the NFL at the box office and on television ratings as polls suggest for the first time that the AFL is preferred over the NFL by American football fans. The AFL steals away all the top college talent coming up as well as most of the popular NFL players causing many of the weaker NFL teams such as the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons to fall into financial peril. A planned expansion team in Tampa Bay falls apart at the last second due to financial problems within the NFL and a scandal within the group of investors behind the failed franchise. Meanwhile the AFL completes plans to expand into Seattle Washington with the construction of the new Kingdome and the materialization of the new Seahawks franchise set to debut in 1976. Even as the AFL eclipses the NFL in popularity the hardcore fans of the sport yearned for the return of the AFL vs NFL format of the Super Bowl as the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers emerge as a true powerhouse winning the 1974 and 1975 NFL Championship with one of the best defenses in NFL history. Many fans of both AFL and NFL dreamed of a matchup between the Steelers and three time(74, 75, 76) AFL Champion Oakland Raiders.



    • February 1976: Just 1 week after the end of the 1975 NFL season the Atlanta Falcons announced that they were suspending operations indefinitely due to financial collapse. Later in the offseason the AFL solidified their place as the #1 pro football league in America by inking new television contracts with ABC, NBC, and CBS, in a deal that industry sources considered to be the largest single television package ever negotiated. Just weeks later an earth shattering development unfolded as the Pittsburgh Steelers sue the NFL in an attempt to leave the league to join the AFL. The NFL blocked the move but a federal court ruled an injunction to allow the Steelers to jump from the NFL to the AFL due to a loophole in Art Rooney's original agreement when he purchased the NFL franchise in the 1930's. The Steelers filed the suit under the guise that they were losing money by operating in the NFL due to the league losing it's key television contracts. The move ended up being a crushing blow to the NFL as they were decimated in the ratings during the 1976 season. An opening day meeting between the Raiders and debuting Steelers broke AFL television ratings. The two teams met in a rematch in Super Bowl XI in a game that would go down as one of the most watched sporting events in US Television history. After the end of the 1976 season the NFL's Atlanta Falcons announced that they were filing for bankruptcy while the New Orleans Saints ownership officially folded the team due to mounting debt and lack of fan support.



    • February 1978: The National Football League officially folds after 57 seasons. The AFL purchases the rights to all trademarks and video library of the NFL shortly after. An agreement was made between AFL owners to expand by adding just 2 NFL teams to the AFL in an attempt to prevent watering down the league. Negotiations finished with an agreement to add the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts to the AFL in 1978. A deal is made to handle the influx of free agents in order to keep player salaries from skyrocketing and prevent bidding wars within the AFL clubs with a special "NFL Player Allocation Draft" held for AFL teams to draft the rights to active players under contract with defunct NFL teams prior to the 1978 season. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Walter Payton with the first official pick. Players who held out or where not selected in the NFL Player Allocation Draft were eligible as unrestricted free agents prior to the 1980 season.



    • 1981: The Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles to play in the LA Memorial Coliseum where they would go on to win back to back Super Bowl titles in 1982 and 1983.



    • 1983: The rival United States Football League launches in the Spring consisting of franchises playing in cities left abandoned by the death of the NFL in 1978, with many of the teams owned by former NFL owners. The USFL secures 5 year television contracts for the Spring while raiding the college talent away from the AFL, including each of the 1983 and 1984 Heisman Trophy winners.



    • 1984: After sagging in 1983 attendance and television ratings were up across the board for the AFL in 1984 as many records where broken on the field, including the single season passing yards record broken by Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino as well as the single season receptions record broken by Chiefs receiver Art Monk. The Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis to play in the Hoosier Dome.





    Past AFL Standings



    Spoiler:

    1960

    East
    Houston Oilers 10-4
    New York Titans 7-7
    Buffalo Bills 5-8-1
    Boston Patriots 5-9

    West
    Los Angeles Chargers 10-4
    Dallas Texans 8-6
    Oakland Raiders 6-8
    Denver Broncos 4-9-1

    AFL Championship: LA Chargers 16 @ Houston Oilers 24


    1961

    East
    Houston Oilers 10-3-1
    Boston Patriots 9-4-1
    New York Titans 7-7
    Buffalo Bills 6-8

    West
    San Diego Chargers 12-2
    Dallas Texans 6-8
    Denver Broncos 3-11
    Oakland Raiders 2-12

    AFL Championship: Houston Oilers 10 @ San Diego Chargers 3


    1962

    East
    Houston Oilers 11-3
    Boston Patriots 9-4-1
    Buffalo Bills 7-6-1
    New York Titans 5-9

    West
    Dallas Texans 11-3
    Denver Broncos 7-7
    San Diego Chargers 4-10
    Oakland Raiders 1-13

    AFL Championship: Dallas Texans 20 @ Houston Oilers 17(2OT)


    1963

    East
    Boston Patriots 7-6-1
    Buffalo Bills 7-6-1
    Houston Oilers 6-8
    New York Jets 5-8-1

    West
    San Diego Chargers 11-3
    Oakland Raiders 10-4
    Kansas City Chiefs 5-7-2
    Denver Broncos 2-11-1

    Eastern Divisional Playoff: Boston Patriots 26 @ Buffalo Bills 8
    AFL Championship: Boston Patriots 10 @ San Diego Chargers 51


    1964

    East
    Buffalo Bills 12-2
    Boston Patriots 10-3-1
    New York Jets 5-8-1
    Houston Oilers 4-10

    West
    San Diego Chargers 8-5-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 7-7
    Oakland Raiders 5-7-2
    Denver Broncos 2-11-1

    AFL Championship: San Diego Chargers 7 @ Buffalo Bills 20


    1965

    East
    Buffalo Bills 10-3-1
    New York Jets 5-8-1
    Boston Patriots 4-8-2
    Houston Oilers 4-10

    West
    San Diego Chargers 9-2-3
    Oakland Raiders 8-5-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 7-5-2
    Denver Broncos 4-10

    AFL Championship: Buffalo Bills 23 @ San Diego Chargers 0


    1966

    East
    Buffalo Bills 9-4-1
    Boston Patriots 8-4-2
    New York Jets 6-6-2
    Miami Dolphins 3-11
    Houston Oilers 3-11

    West
    Kansas City Chiefs 11-2-1
    Oakland Raiders 8-5-1
    San Diego Chargers 7-6-1
    Denver Broncos 4-10

    AFL Championship: Kansas City Chiefs 31 @ Buffalo Bills 7
    AFL vs NFL World Championship(Super Bowl I): Kansas City Chiefs(AFL) 10 vs Green Bay Packers(NFL) 35


    1967

    East
    Houston Oilers 9-4-1
    New York Jets 8-5-1
    Buffalo Bills 4-10
    Miami Dolphins 4-10
    Boston Patriots 3-10-1

    West
    Oakland Raiders 13-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 9-5
    San Diego Chargers 8-5-1
    Denver Broncos 3-11

    AFL Championship: Houston Oilers 7 @ Oakland Raiders 40
    AFL vs NFL World Championship(Super Bowl II): Oakland Raiders(AFL) 14 vs Green Bay Packers(NFL) 33


    1968

    East
    New York Jets 11-3
    Houston Oilers 7-7
    Miami Dolphins 5-8-1
    Boston Patriots 4-10
    Buffalo Bills 1-12-1

    West
    Oakland Raiders 12-2
    Kansas City Chiefs 12-2
    San Diego Chargers 9-5
    Denver Broncos 5-9
    Cincinnati Bengals 3-11

    Western Division Playoff: Kansas City Chiefs 6 @ Oakland Raiders 41
    AFL Championship: Oakland Raiders 23 @ New York Jets 27
    AFL vs NFL World Championship(Super Bowl III): New York Jets(AFL) 16 vs Baltimore Colts(NFL) 7


    1969

    East
    New York Jets 10-4
    Houston Oilers 6-6-2
    Buffalo Bills 4-10
    Boston Patriots 4-10
    Miami Dolphins 3-10-1

    West
    Oakland Raiders 12-1-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 11-3
    San Diego Chargers 8-6
    Denver Broncos 5-8-1
    Cincinnati Bengals 4-9-1

    Divisional Round Playoff: Kansas City Chiefs 13 @ New York Jets 6
    Divisional Round Playoff: Houston Oilers 7 @ Oakland Raiders 56
    AFL Championship: Kansas City Chiefs 17 @ Oakland Raiders 7
    AFL vs NFL World Championship(Super Bowl IV): Kansas City Chiefs(AFL) 23 vs Minnesota Vikings(NFL) 7


    1970

    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 11-3
    New York Jets 6-8
    Houston Oilers 5-9
    Buffalo Bills 4-10
    Boston Patriots 4-10

    Western Division
    Cincinnati Bengals 10-4
    Oakland Raiders 9-5
    Kansas City Chiefs 8-5-1
    San Diego Chargers 5-8-1
    Denver Broncos 5-9

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: NY Jets 0 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21, Oakland Raiders 21 @ Miami Dolphins 14
    AFL Super Bowl V: Oakland Raiders 38 vs Cincinnati Bengals 13


    1971

    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 11-2-1
    Houston Oilers 7-6-1
    New England Patriots 6-8
    New York Jets 4-10
    Buffalo Bills 2-12

    Western Division
    Kansas City Chiefs 10-3-1
    Oakland Raiders 8-5-1
    Cincinnati Bengals 6-8
    Denver Broncos 5-9
    San Diego Chargers 4-10

    AFL Divisional Round Playoffs: Houston Oilers 0 @ Kansas City Chiefs 56, Oakland Raiders 17 @ Miami Dolphins 22
    AFL Super Bowl VI: Miami Dolphins 30 vs Kansas City Chiefs 27(2OT)


    1972

    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 14-0
    New York Jets 8-6
    Buffalo Bills 5-9
    Houston Oilers 4-10
    New England Patriots 3-11

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 10-4
    Kansas City Chiefs 8-6
    Cincinnati Bengals 8-6
    Denver Broncos 7-7
    San Diego Chargers 2-12

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: Kansas City Chiefs 10 @ Miami Dolphins 14, New York Jets 10 @ Oakland Raiders 27
    AFL Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins 21 vs Oakland Raiders 7


    1973

    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 13-1
    Buffalo Bills 11-3
    New England Patriots 3-11
    New York Jets 3-11
    Houston Oilers 2-12

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 10-4
    Cincinnati Bengals 10-4
    Denver Broncos 8-6
    Kansas City Chiefs 7-7
    San Diego Chargers 1-13

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals 17 @ Miami Dolphins 21, Buffalo Bills 16 @ Oakland Raiders 28
    AFL Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins 27 vs Oakland Raiders 14


    1974

    Eastern Division
    Miami Dolphins 11-3
    Buffalo Bills 10-4
    New England Patriots 7-7
    New York Jets 6-8
    Houston Oilers 6-8

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 12-2
    Denver Broncos 8-6
    Cincinnati Bengals 7-7
    Kansas City Chiefs 5-9
    San Diego Chargers 4-10

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: Denver Broncos 21 @ Miami Dolphins 27(OT), Buffalo Bills 20 @ Oakland Raiders 34
    AFL Super Bowl IX: Oakland Raiders 28 vs Miami Dolphins 24


    1975

    Eastern Division
    Houston Oilers 10-4
    Miami Dolphins 10-4
    New York Jets 8-6
    Buffalo Bills 6-8
    New England Patriots 3-11

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 11-3
    Cincinnati Bengals 11-3
    Denver Broncos 6-8
    Kansas City Chiefs 4-10
    San Diego Chargers 4-10

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals 21 @ Houston Oilers 17, Miami Dolphins 10 @ Oakland Raiders 20
    AFL Super Bowl X: Oakland Raiders 34 vs Cincinnati Bengals 30


    1976

    Eastern Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 12-2
    New England Patriots 10-4
    Cincinnati Bengals 9-5
    Miami Dolphins 5-9
    New York Jets 3-11
    Buffalo Bills 2-12

    Western Division
    Oakland Raiders 13-1
    Denver Broncos 9-5
    Houston Oilers 5-9
    San Diego Chargers 5-9
    Kansas City Chiefs 4-10
    Seattle Seahawks 2-12

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: New England Patriots 21 @ Oakland Raiders 24, Denver Broncos 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 44
    AFL Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders 24 vs Pittsburgh Steelers 7


    1977

    Eastern Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 10-4
    New England Patriots 9-5
    Cincinnati Bengals 8-6
    Miami Dolphins 8-6
    New York Jets 3-11
    Buffalo Bills 3-11

    Western Division
    Denver Broncos 12-2
    Oakland Raiders 12-2
    Houston Oilers 8-6
    San Diego Chargers 7-7
    Seattle Seahawks 5-9
    Kansas City Chiefs 2-12

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: New England Patriots 9 @ Denver Broncos 30, Oakland Raiders 24 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17(OT)
    AFL Super Bowl XII: Denver Broncos 21 vs Oakland Raiders 17


    1978

    Eastern Division
    New England Patriots 9-5
    Miami Dolphins 9-5
    New York Jets 6-8
    Buffalo Bills 6-8
    Baltimore Colts 3-11

    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 13-1
    Houston Oilers 10-4
    Cleveland Browns 6-8
    Cincinnati Bengals 5-9

    Western Division
    Seattle Seahawks 9-5
    Oakland Raiders 8-6
    Denver Broncos 7-7
    San Diego Chargers 6-8
    Kansas City Chiefs 2-12

    AFL Divisional Playoffs: Houston Oilers 24 @ New England Patriots 13, Seattle Seahawks 10 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21
    AFL Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers 35 vs Houston Oilers 10


    1979

    Eastern Division
    New England Patriots 10-4
    Miami Dolphins 10-4
    New York Jets 7-7
    Buffalo Bills 7-7
    Baltimore Colts 4-10

    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 12-2
    Houston Oilers 10-4
    Cleveland Browns 8-6
    Cincinnati Bengals 6-8

    Western Division
    San Diego Chargers 12-2
    Seattle Seahawks 9-5
    Denver Broncos 8-6
    Oakland Raiders 7-7
    Kansas City Chiefs 6-8

    AFL Wild Card Playoff: Miami Dolphins 13 @ Houston Oilers 26
    AFL Divisional Championships: Houston Oilers 16 @ San Diego Chargers 7, New England Patriots 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 29
    AFL Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers 36 vs Houston Oilers 33


    1980

    Northeastern Conference
    New England Patriots 13-3
    Cleveland Browns 11-5
    Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7
    Buffalo Bills 8-8
    Cincinnati Bengals 7-9
    New York Jets 7-9
    Baltimore Colts 6-10

    Southwestern Conference
    San Diego Chargers 12-4
    Houston Oilers 12-4
    Oakland Raiders 11-5
    Miami Dolphins 9-7
    Kansas City Chiefs 7-9
    Denver Broncos 6-10
    Seattle Seahawks 4-12

    AFL Southwestern Conference Championship: Houston Oilers 17 @ San Diego Chargers 19
    AFL Northeastern Conference Championship: Cleveland Browns 17 @ New England Patriots 27
    AFL Super Bowl XV: New England Patriots 16 vs San Diego Chargers 7


    1981

    Northeast Conference
    Cincinnati Bengals 14-2
    New York Jets 10-6
    Buffalo Bills 10-6
    Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7
    New England Patriots 8-8
    Baltimore Colts 6-10
    Cleveland Browns 5-11

    Southwest Conference
    San Diego Chargers 12-4
    Miami Dolphins 11-5
    Kansas City Chiefs 11-5
    Houston Oilers 9-7
    Los Angeles Raiders 8-8
    Seattle Seahawks 6-10
    Denver Broncos 4-12

    AFL Southwestern Conference Championship: Miami Dolphins 31 @ San Diego Chargers 34(2OT)
    AFL Northeastern Conference Championship: New York Jets 13 @ Cincinnati Bengals 24
    AFL Super Bowl XVI: Cincinnati Bengals 21 vs San Diego Chargers 14


    1982

    Northeast Conference
    Cincinnati Bengals 11-5
    New York Jets 9-7
    Baltimore Colts 9-7
    Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8
    Cleveland Browns 7-9
    New England Patriots 7-9
    Buffalo Bills 5-11

    Southwest Conference
    Los Angeles Raiders 13-3
    Kansas City Chiefs 12-4
    Houston Oilers 11-5
    Miami Dolphins 8-8
    San Diego Chargers 8-8
    Seattle Seahawks 4-12
    Denver Broncos 3-13

    AFL Southwestern Wild Card Playoff: Houston Oilers 24 @ Kansas City Chiefs 28
    AFL Northeastern Wild Card Playoff: Baltimore Colts 17 @ New York Jets 20(OT)
    AFL Southwestern Conference Championship: Kansas City Chiefs 17 @ Los Angeles Raiders 23
    AFL Northeastern Conference Championship: New York Jets 19 @ Cincinnati Bengals 13
    AFL Super Bowl XVII: Los Angeles Raiders 31 vs New York Jets 10


    1983

    Northeast 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

    Southwest 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

    AFL Southwestern Wild Card Playoff: Miami Dolphins 21 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17
    AFL Northeastern Wild Card Playoff: Cincinnati Bengals 13 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 16(OT)
    AFL Southwestern Conference Championship: Miami Dolphins 13 @ Los Angeles Raiders 24
    AFL Northeastern Conference Championship: Pittsburgh Steelers 10 @ New England Patriots 20
    AFL Super Bowl XVII: Los Angeles Raiders 29 vs New England Patriots 13


    1984

    Northeast Conference
    Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5
    New York Jets 8-8
    New England Patriots 8-8
    Indianapolis Colts 6-10
    Cincinnati Bengals 5-11
    Cleveland Browns 5-11
    Buffalo Bills 3-13

    Southwest Conference
    Miami Dolphins 15-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 12-4
    Los Angeles Raiders 10-6
    Seattle Seahawks 9-7
    Denver Broncos 9-7
    San Diego Chargers 6-10
    Houston Oilers 5-11

    AFL Southwestern Wild Card Playoff: Los Angeles Raiders 23 @ Kansas City Chiefs 27
    AFL Northeastern Wild Card Playoff: New England Patriots 20 @ New York Jets 13
    AFL Southwestern Conference Championship: Kansas City Chiefs 24 @ Miami Dolphins 20
    AFL Northeastern Conference Championship: New England Patriots 14 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21
    AFL Super Bowl XIX: Kansas City Chiefs 30 vs Pittsburgh Steelers 17





    Super Bowl History

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    Game/Site/Date Winner Loser Score MVP
    Super Bowl I
    LA Memorial Coliseum
    January 15th, 1967
    Green Bay Packers Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 Bart Starr
    Super Bowl II
    Miami Orange Bowl
    January 14th, 1968
    Green Bay Packers Oakland Raiders 33-14 Bart Starr
    Super Bowl III
    Miami Orange Bowl
    January 12th, 1969
    New York Jets Baltimore Colts 16-7 Joe Namath
    Super Bowl IV
    Tulane Stadium
    January 11th, 1970
    Kansas City Chiefs Minnesota Vikings 23-7 Len Dawson
    Super Bowl V
    Miami Orange Bowl
    January 17th, 1971
    Oakland Raiders Cincinnati Bengals 38-13 Daryle Lamonica
    Super Bowl VI
    Tulane Stadium
    January 16th, 1972
    Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs 30-27 Larry Csonka
    Super Bowl VII
    LA Memorial Coliseum
    January 14th, 1973
    Miami Dolphins Oakland Raiders 21-7 Jake Scott
    Super Bowl VIII
    Rice Stadium
    January 13th, 1974
    Miami Dolphins Oakland Raiders 27-14 Larry Csonka
    Super Bowl IX
    Tulane Stadium
    January 12th 1975
    Oakland Raiders Miami Dolphins 28-26 Ken Stabler
    Super Bowl X
    Miami Orange Bowl
    January 18th, 1976
    Oakland Raiders Cincinnati Bengals 34-30 Ken Stabler
    Super Bowl XI
    Rose Bowl
    January 9th, 1977
    Oakland Raiders Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7 Ken Stabler
    Super Bowl XII
    Houston Astrodome
    January 15th, 1978
    Denver Broncos Oakland Raiders 21-17 Bill Thompson
    Super Bowl XIII
    Miami Orange Bowl
    December 31st, 1979
    Pittsburgh Steelers Houston Oilers 35-10 Terry Bradshaw
    Super Bowl XIV
    LA Coliseum
    January 7th, 1980
    Pittsburgh Steelers Houston Oilers 36-33 Lynn Swann
    Super Bowl XV
    New Orleans Superdome
    January 25th, 1981
    New England Patriots San Diego Chargers 16-7 Stanley Morgan
    Super Bowl XVI
    Pontiac Silverdome
    January 24th, 1982
    Cincinnati Bengals San Diego Chargers 21-14 Ken Anderson
    Super Bowl XVII
    The Rose Bowl
    January 30th, 1983
    Los Angeles Raiders New York Jets 31-10 Jim Plunkett
    Super Bowl XVIII
    Tampa Stadium
    January 22nd, 1984
    Los Angeles Raiders New England Patriots 29-13 Marcus Allen
    Super Bowl XIX
    Stanford Stadium
    January 20th, 1985
    Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Walter Payton





    AFL MVP Award Winners


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    1960- Abner Haynes(RB, Dallas Texans)
    1961- George Blanda(QB, Houston Oilers)
    1962- Cookie Gilchrest(RB, Buffalo Bills)
    1963- Tobin Rote(QB, San Diego Chargers)
    1964- Gino Cappalletti(K, Boston Patriots)
    1965- Jack Kemp(QB, Buffalo Bills)
    1966- Jim Nance(FB, Boston Patriots)
    1967- Daryle Lamonica(QB, Oakland Raiders)
    1968- Joe Namath(QB, New York Jets)
    1969- Joe Namath(QB, New York Jets)
    1970- Daryle Lamonica(QB, Oakland Raiders)
    1971- Otis Taylor(WR, Kansas City Chiefs)
    1972- Mercury Morris(RB, Miami Dolphins)
    1973- OJ Simpson(RB, Buffalo Bills)
    1974- Ken Stabler(QB, Oakland Raiders)
    1975- Ken Anderson(QB, Cincinnati Bengals)
    1976- Ken Stabler(QB, Oakland Raiders)
    1977- Lyle Alzado(DT, Denver Broncos)
    1978- Terry Bradshaw(QB, Pittsburgh Steelers)
    1979- Earl Campbell(RB, Houston Oilers)
    1980- Earl Campbell(RB, Houston Oilers)
    1981- Dan Fouts(QB, San Diego Chargers)
    1982- Lawrence Taylor(LB, Los Angeles Raiders)
    1983- Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins)
    1984- Dan Marino(QB, Miami Dolphins)/Eric Dickerson(RB, Miami Dolphins)*

    *Co-MVPs





    Records

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    Scoring

    Most Seasons Leading League
    5 Gino Cappelletti(Boston Patriot), 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966

    Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League
    4 Gino Cappelletti(Boston Patriots), 1963-1966

    Most Touchdowns Single Season
    23 OJ Simpson(Buffalo Bills) 1975

    Most Touchdowns Single Game
    5 Abner Haynes, Dallas Texans vs Oakland Nov. 26 1961
    Billy Cannon, Houston vs NY Titans Dec. 10 1961
    Cookie Gilchrest, Buffalo vs NY Jets Dec. 8 1963
    Kellen Winslow, San Diego vs LA Raiders Nov 22 1981

    Rushing

    Most Seasons Leading League
    4 OJ Simpson(Buffalo Bills) 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976

    Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League
    3 Earl Campbell(Houston Oilers) 1978, 1979, 1980

    All Time Career Rushing Yards
    11,304 OJ Simpson(Buffalo Bills) 1969-1979

    Most Yards Gained Single Season
    2,095 OJ Simpson(Buffalo Bills) 1973

    Most Rushing Touchdowns Single Season
    19 Earl Campbell(Houston Oilers) 1979

    Passing

    All Time Career Passing Yards
    32,477 Ken Anderson(Cincinnati Bengals) 1971-1984

    Single Season Passing Yards
    5,107 Dan Marino(Miami Dolphins) 1984

    All Time Career Touchdown Passes
    237 Len Dawson(Kansas City Chiefs) 1962-1975

    Single Season Touchdown Passes
    50 Dan Marino(Miami Dolphins) 1984

    Receiving

    All Time Career Receptions
    628 Don Maynard(New York Jets) 1960-1973

    Single Season Pass Receptions
    103 Art Monk(Kansas City Chiefs) 1984

    All Time Career Receiving Yards
    11,750 Don Maynard(New York Jets) 1960-1973

    Single Season Receiving Yards
    1,726 Charley Hennigan(Houston Oilers) 1961

    Most Yards Single Game
    272 Charley Hennigan Houston vs Boston Oct. 13 1961

    All Time Career Receiving Touchdowns
    88 Don Maynard(New York Jets) 1960-1973

    Single Season Receiving Touchdowns
    17 Bill Groman(Houston Oilers) 1961

    Single Game Receiving Touchdowns
    5 Kellen Winslow San Diego vs LA Raiders Nov 22 1981

    Defense

    All Time Career Interceptions
    63 Ken Riley(Cincinnati Bengals) 1969-1983

    Single Season Interceptions
    13 Lester Hayes(Oakland Raiders) 1980

    Single Season Sacks
    20.5 Mark Gastineau(NY Jets) 1984

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    Pro Football Offseason News
    February, March, April 1985



    USFL's Oakland Invaders sign Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie

    Boston College's Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Doug Flutie inked the biggest contract of any rookie in any sport when the USFL's Oakland Invaders signed him to a 5 year contract worth $7 million. Flutie is the all time passing yards leader in NCAA history with over 10,000 yards in his 4 year career at Boston College, with his signature moment being the last second hail mary touchdown that gave BC the victory over Miami, a play that will live on as one of the greatest in all of sports history. The signing is the third Heisman Trophy winner in a row that the USFL has stolen away from the AFL.


    Super Bowl XIX nets 46. rating, highest ever in television history

    The Super Bowl clash between Kansas City and Pittsburgh this past January was watched by more people than anything ever in the history of television. On top of the 63.0 share there were over 6 million viewers in the UK and a similar number in Italy. The hero of the game was MVP Walter Payton of Kansas City, who carried the Chiefs to their first AFL title since 1969.


    Colts running back Billy Sims unlikely to return from knee injury in '85

    The Indianapolis Colts star runner Billy Sims will not be ready to return from his devastating knee injury that ended his 1984 season. Sims will continue to rehabilitate and will hope to return to action for the 1986 season. The news is a crushing blow to the Colts hopes for 1985 as their lack of a running game led to their demise down the stretch of the 1984 season.


    Franco, Lambert, Brazille, Selmon lead class of future AFL Hall Of Famers to announce retirement

    The Pittsburgh Steelers bid farewell to two more legends this offseason with the retirements of Franco Harris and Jack Lambert. Both Steeler legends were lost for the year due to injuries early in 1984 but Pittsburgh rallied without them to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1979. Other future Hall Of Famers to call it a career this offseason include Chiefs/Bills linebacker Jack Youngblood, legendary Oilers linebacker Robert Brazille, and one of the all time great defensive lineman in Seattle's Lee Roy Selmon. Other retirements announced include Dolphins' AJ Duhe, Oilers tight end Dave Casper, longtime veteran Colts receiver Roger Carr, and Broncos receiver Harold Carmichael. In the USFL the former AFL legendary quarterback Ken Stabler finally called it a career after 14 seasons in pro football.


    Bills hire Chiefs DC Bud Carson as new head coach

    Buffalo has signed a 3 year contract with Bud Carson as their new head coach. Carson was a defensive assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their dominant run in the 1970's. Carson was the leading head coaching candidate this offseason after his job as defensive coordinator for the Chiefs Super Bowl run last year, where his defense shut down the dynamic Miami Dolphins offense in the Southwest Conference Championship Game.


    Cincinnati hires former assistant Sam Wyche as new head coach

    The Bengals have hired a former assistant coach and backup quarterback Sam Wyche as new head coach. Wyche spent last season as quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. Wyche was a backup quarterback for the Bengals from 1968 to 1970 where he played for head coach Paul Brown(Bengals majority owner), he later went on to work as an assistant on Brown's coaching staff for the Bengals in the 1970's.


    Chargers promote offensive coordinator Al Saunders to new head coach

    San Diego moved on from Don Coryell this offseason and has promoted offensive coordinator Al Saunders as the new head coach. Saunders has worked as coordinator for San Diego for the last 2 years with his offense ranking at or near the top of the league during both seasons.


    San Diego trades Wes Chandler to Cleveland for 3rd round pick

    The Chargers moved longtime star receiver Wes Chandler to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Browns 3rd round pick in the upcoming 1985 AFL draft. Chandler has played 7 seasons in the AFL and led the league in receiving yards in 1982. Chandler's production has dropped off in each of his past 2 seasons but he will still most likely be a much needed addition to the Browns sluggish offense.


    AFL Hall Of Fame Class of 1985 Revealed

    Larry Little, offensive lineman who played his first 2 years with the San Diego Chargers before putting in 12 seasons as the anchor of the powerful Miami Dolphins offensive line that dominated the AFL in the early 1970's.

    Gino Cappelletti, kicker for the Boston Patriots for 11 seasons, invented the soccer style of place kicking that is widely used in the AFL today, all time leader in scoring in league history and the 1964 league MVP.

    Willie Lanier, middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967 to 1977, one of the most intelligent linebackers of his era, 3 time AFL All Pro, 8 time AFL All Star, impact player on Chiefs 1969 AFL Championship/Super Bowl run.

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    1985 AFL Draft




    ESPN live coverage of the 1985 American Football League annual player selection meeting commences with the Buffalo Bills on the clock. This year's draft class is one of the most stacked in the history of the league. The rival USFL stole away the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie but otherwise their impact on this year's draft was minimal as the AFL was able to make a stand and secure a majority of the top college talent.



    First Round Picks:






    With the 1st overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft, the Buffalo Bills select...


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    Bruce Smith, Defensive End(Virginia Tech)








    With the 2nd overall pick in the 1985 AFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select...


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    Bernie Kosar, Quarterback(Miami)








    With the 3rd overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Houston Oilers select...


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    Ray Childress, Defensive Tackle(Texas A&M)








    With the 4th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Cincinnati Bengals select...


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    Eddie Brown, Wide Receiver(Miami)








    With the 5th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Indianapolis Colts select...


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    Al Toon, Wide Receiver(Wisconsin)








    With the 6th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the San Diego Chargers select...


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    Duane Bickett, Linebacker(USC)








    With the 7th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Denver Broncos select...


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    Jerry Rice, Wide Receiver(Mississippi Valley State)








    With the 8th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Seattle Seahawks select...


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    Chris Doleman, Defensive End(Pittsburgh)








    With the 9th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the New York Jets select...


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    Randall Cunningham, Quarterback(UNLV)








    With the 10th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Los Angeles Raiders select...


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    Bill Fralic, Offensive Lineman(Pittsburgh)








    With the 11th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the New England Patriots select...


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    Frank Riech, Quarterback(Maryland)








    With the 12th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Miami Dolphins select...


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    Jerry Gray, Cornerback(Texas)








    With the 13th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select...


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    Lomas Brown, Offensive Lineman(Florida)








    With the 14th overall pick in the 1985 AFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs select...


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    Jack Del Rio, Linebacker(USC)




    Notable Second Round Picks:

    Buffalo Bills- Kevin Glover, Center(Maryland)
    Cleveland Browns- Jim Lachey, Offensive Lineman(Ohio State)
    Houston Oilers- Ethan Horton, Tight End(North Carolina)
    Indianapolis Colts- William Perry, Defensive Tackle(Clemson)
    New York Jets- Audray Mcmillian, Defensive Back(Houston)


    Notable Late Round Picks:

    Buffalo Bills- Andre Reed, Wide Receiver(Kutztown)
    Cincinnati Bengals- Eric Martin, Wide Receiver(Louisiana State)
    Indianapolis Colts- Steve Bono, Quarterback(UCLA)
    Denver Broncos- Jay Novacek, Tight End(Wyoming)
    Seattle Seahawks- Steve Tasker, Tight End(Northwestern)
    Miami Dolphins- Mike Golic, Defensive Tackle(Notre Dame)
    Pittsburgh Steelers- Kevin Greene, Defensive Lineman(Auburn)
    Kansas City Chiefs- Mark Bavaro, Tight End(Notre Dame)

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    USFL 1985 Season Summary





    Year 3 for the USFL turned out to be a tumultuous one in the Spring of 1985. The league soldiered on through a season that was plagued with dropping attendance and television ratings with rumors swirling about the financial collapse of multiple teams that had player and coach paychecks bouncing at seasons end. Through it all the USFL managed to not only somehow survive the 1985 campaign but produce some of the most thrilling action on the field in all of pro football, including the unbelievable shoot out between New Orleans' Steve Young and Texas' Jim Kelly in the Western Division playoff game for the ages, a game that seen both quarterbacks combine for 9 touchdown passes and over 1,200 yards of passing offense.


    Even though times were tough off the field for the USFL in 85, on the field it was the stars of the league that shined the brightest, including Defensive Player Of The Year Reggie White, who's 25 sacks was an all time pro football single season record. Herschel Walker ran away with his second USFL MVP award by rushing for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. Steve Young thrived under the revolutionary "Run N' Shoot" offense orchestrated by New Orleans Pirates head coach Jack Pardee. Jim Kelly threw for over 4,000 yards and 40 touchdown passes while leading the Texas Gamblers to a playoff birth despite a myriad of injuries.

    In Philadelphia it was Jim Mora's Stars that turned out to be the class of the league in the 1985 USFL season. The Stars proved to be the elite in '85, winning a USFL record 13 games to capture the Division Title in the east. Stars quarterback Phil Simms led the USFL in completion percentage while the defense led by Sam Mills dominated the league with the fewest points allowed in USFL history. In the west it was a 3 team race for first place with the Gamblers, Pirates, and Bill Parcells' upstart Oklahoma Outlaws coming from out of nowhere to surprise everyone to steal the division title. When the dust settled it all came down to a clash between the 2 best defensive units in the USFL World Championship game Parcells' Outlaws squared off against Mora's Stars in tough hard hitting finale. The two teams battled tooth and nail into overtime where the Outlaws pulled off the huge upset with a field goal to take the 1985 USFL title.

    As the world gears up for the 1985 AFL season the future of the USFL remains in doubt. Rumors have come about that the league will have to either abandon or merge some of the financially weaker teams, while also consider moving to the Fall in 1986 to go head to head with the AFL.


    +++1985 USFL Standings+++


    Eastern Division

    Philadelphia Stars 13-1
    Chicago Stallions 9-5
    Detroit Panthers 7-7
    Minnesota Bulls 6-8
    Tampa Bay Bandits 5-9
    Washington Sentinels 4-10
    Milwaukee Maulers 3-11


    Western Division

    Oklahoma Outlaws 11-3
    New Orleans Pirates 11-3
    Texas Gamblers 10-4
    San Francisco Sharks 8-6
    St. Louis Knights 7-7
    Oakland Invaders 6-8
    Atlanta Wildcats 2-12



    +++Playoffs+++



    First Round


    USFL Eastern Division Playoff
    Detroit Panthers 3 @ Chicago Stallions 13


    USFL Western Division Playoff
    Texas Gamblers 49 @ New Orleans Pirates 51


    Division Championships


    USFL Eastern Division Championship
    Chicago Stallions 7 @ Philadelphia Stars 26


    USFL Western Division Championship
    New Orleans Pirates 16 @ Oklahoma Outlaws 20


    World Championship


    USFL World Championship Game
    Oklahoma Outlaws 24 vs Philadelphia Stars 21(OT)

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    1985 AFL Pre-Season Scouting Report


    Fresh off of the heels of a record breaking 1984 the hype continues to grow for the upcoming 1985 American Football League season. The stars of the AFL's 14 pro teams will all push it to the limit but in the end there can be only 1! The road to the Super Bowl is a long hard one and it all leads to the New Orleans Superdome on January 26th 1986 for the grandest spectacle in all of sports, SUPER BOWL XX!


    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









    Kansas City Chiefs:
    Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
    Head Coach: Marv Levy
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Wade Phillips(defensive coordinator/linebackers), Emmitt Thomas(defensive backs)
    1984 Record: 12-4(Super Bowl Champions)


    Impact Players:
    QB- #19 Joe Montana
    HB- #34 Walter Payton
    WR- #81 Art Monk
    TE- #89 Mark Bavaro(R)
    C- #53 Jeff Bostic
    G- #74 Bruce Matthews
    G- #68 Joe Delamielleure
    LT- #76 John Alt
    DE- #72 Ed "Too Tall" Jones
    ILB- #55 Jack Del Rio(R)
    CB- #42 Ronnie Lott
    CB- #31 Kevin Ross

    The Kansas City Chiefs have become the media darlings of the AFL after winning the most watched sports event in the history of TV in their victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XIX. The team was invited to the White House for a highly publicized meeting with president Ronald Reagan and Super Bowl XIX MVP Walter Payton even made an appearance on Saturday Night Live. A recent Time Magazine article gave the Chiefs the moniker of "Americas Team" due to their popularity throughout the entire central plains of the United States, with fans from all over Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, and Oklahoma flocking to sell out Arrowhead Stadium on Sundays. The Chiefs fans have followed their team on the road to make their presence felt in stadiums all across the AFL.




    The Chiefs finally vanquished their arch nemesis LA Raiders in the 1984 playoffs before upsetting the high powered Miami Dolphins on the road in the Southwest Conference Championship Game. Walter Payton's MVP performance in KC's victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XIX will go down as one of the best in Super Bowl history, a performance that solidifies Payton's legacy as one of the greatest to ever play the game. Kansas City will return in 1985 looking to repeat as AFL Champions but they will have a major target on their backs as the ultra competitive Southwest Conference continues to only improve around them. Kansas City looked to keep up with the arms race by adding dangerous weapons through the draft, including tough as nails tight end Mark Bavaro and fiery linebacker Jack Del Rio.








    Pittsburgh Steelers:
    Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
    Head Coach: Chuck Noll
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Tom Moore(offensive coordinator), Tony Dungy(defensive coordinator)
    1984 Record: 11-5


    Impact Players:
    QB- #15 Neil Lomax
    HB- #37 Gerald Riggs
    WR- #82 John Stallworth
    WR- #83 Louis Lipps
    C- #52 Mike Webster
    T- #75 Lomas Brown(R)
    OLB- #91 Kevin Greene(R)
    SS- #25 Scott Case
    K- #3 Mark Mosely

    Chuck Noll cemented his legacy as one of the all time greatest head coaches in AFL history, winning his second consecutive Coach Of The Year award by returning Pittsburgh to the Super Bowl with one of the youngest no name defenses in the AFL and despite losing veteran leaders Jack Lambert and Franco Harris due to injuries. Pittsburgh dominated the Northeast Conference with an 11-5 finish, going on to defeat the New England Patriots in the Conference Championship before falling short to the Chiefs in Super Bowl XIX. The big story for the Steelers last season was the rise of Neil Lomax and rookie of the year Louis Lipps, who lit up the AFL in 1984.


    Pittsburgh began a new era in 1984 and will look to take it to the next level in 1985. Gone are the legendary trio of Bradshaw, Franco, and Swann, now Pittsburgh will rely on their next gen trio of Lomax, Riggs, and Lipps, with a new school defense built in the same image of the legendary Steel Curtain. The Steelers will go into 1985 looking to begin a new dynasty.









    Miami Dolphins:
    Stadium: The Orange Bowl
    Head Coach: Don Shula
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Chuck Studley(defensive coordinator), Dave Shula(wide receivers)
    1984 Record: 15-1


    Impact Players:
    QB- #13 Dan Marino
    HB- #29 Eric Dickerson
    WR- #85 Mark Duper
    WR- #83 Mark Clayton
    C- #57 Dwight Stephenson
    T- #78 Jackie Slater
    DT- #54 Randy White
    DT- #68 Mike Golic(R)
    OLB- #58 Kim Bokamper
    CB- #25 Jerry Gray(R)
    P- #1 Reggie Roby


    The Miami Dolphins shattered AFL offensive record books in 1984 with records that may never be broken. Quarterback Dan Marino and running back Eric Dickerson stole the show and helped guide Miami to a 15-1 record, the best in the AFL. Both Marino and Dickerson were named AFL Co-MVP's for their efforts, giving Dickerson his 2nd MVP award in a row. Dickerson and Marino became the pro football version of Crockett and Tubbs from the hit TV series Miami Vice, the biggest stars in the AFL, drawing monster TV ratings and selling out stadiums wherever the Dolphins played.


    Despite their offensive firepower the Dolphins were upset at home by the Chiefs in the Southwest Conference Championship game, Miami's second consecutive loss in the Conference final. In 1985 Dickerson and Marino will look to take the next step and carry Don Shula's Dolphins back to the top of the AFL.









    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)
    1984 Record: 8-8


    Impact Players:
    QB- #16 Jim Plunkett
    QB- #14 Frank Riech(R)
    HB- #32 James Wilder
    FB- #33 Roger Craig
    WR- #86 Stanley Morgan
    TE- #89 Dwight Clark
    G- #73 John Hannah
    G- #63 Mike Munchak
    C- #51 Randy Cross
    DE- #70 Leonard Marshall
    ILB- #57 Steve Nelson
    ILB- #53 Harry Carson
    OLB- #56 Andre Tippett
    OLB- #58 Keena Turner
    FS- Terry Kinard


    Bill Walsh has constructed one of the most well balanced and deeply talented teams in New England, establishing the Patriots as one of the true super powers of the Northeast Conference in the 1980's with 3 Conference Championship appearances and 2 Super Bowl appearances including their win in Super Bowl XV. Last year the Patriots fought for the final Wild Card spot despite the injury plagued season by quarterback Jim Plunkett. New England defeated the Jets in the Wild Card game before falling to the Steelers in the Conference Final.




    The Patriots possess perhaps the finest corp of linebackers in all of the AFL and struck gold in drafting Roger Craig last year, an immediate impact player that enhanced Walsh's power run game and short range passing attack. The Patriots will again look to contend for the Northeast Conference title and are expected to once again be the gatekeepers of the conference in 1985.







    Los Angeles Raiders:
    Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
    Head Coach: Tom Flores
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Willie Brown(defensive backs), Art Shell(offensive line)
    1984 Record: 10-6


    Impact Players:
    QB- #9 Jim Mcmahon
    QB- #17 Doug Williams
    HB- #32 Marcus Allen
    WR- #21 Cliff Branch
    WR- #85 Willie Gault
    G- #79 Bill Fralic(R)
    DE- #75 Howie Long
    DT- #77 Lyle Alzado
    DT- #71 Bill Pickel
    DE- #93 Greg Townsend
    OLB- #56 Lawrence Taylor
    ILB- #55 Matt Millen
    CB- #37 Lester Hayes
    CB- #22 Mike Haynes
    P- #8 Ray Guy

    The LA Raiders failed in their bid for a three-peat in 1984 after winning back to back Super Bowl titles in 82 and 83. The Raiders quest for a third consecutive AFL title was brought to an end by the rival Kansas City Chiefs in a 23-27 loss in the Southwest Wild Card playoff. The most intimidating defense in AFL history will be looking for revenge in 1985. On offense the Raiders front line will receive a boost with the drafting of Bill Fralic, widely regarded as the best lineman in college football going into the draft.




    The main story coming out of LA during this training camp is the quarterback controversy that has emerged with both Jim Mcmahon and Doug Williams competing for the starting job. Mcmahon started the season in 84 but suffered an injury that gave Williams the opportunity to lead the Raiders to the playoffs down the stretch. Whomever the starter may be they will have one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the AFL at their disposal in Marcus Allen, along with 2 of the fastest deep threat receivers in Willie Gault and Cliff Branch. The Raiders are poised to remain atop the Southwest Conference as they seek their 8th AFL Title in 1985.





    New York Jets:
    Stadium: Jets Stadium
    Head Coach: Walt Michaels
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Jerry Glanville(defensive coordinator), Rich Kotite(offensive coordinator)
    1984 Record: 8-8


    Impact Players:
    QB- #10 Steve Bartkowski
    QB #12 Randall Cunningham(R)
    HB- #24 Freeman Mcniel
    WR- #82 Mike Quick
    LT- #66 William Roberts
    OLB- #58 Carl Banks
    DT- #73 Joe Klecko
    DT- #67 Dave Butz
    DE- #99 Mark Gastineau
    CB- #26 Audray Mcmillian(R)
    S- #47 Joey Browner


    The Jets fought their way into second place in the Northeast Conference in 1984 but were upset at home by the rival Patriots in the Wild Card playoffs. Head coach Walt Michaels is feeling the heat in New York after the one-and-done performance following an 8-8 finish. The Jets suffered a 3-13 Super Bowl hangover season in 1983 after getting blown out by the Raiders in Super Bowl XVII. Jets superstar defensive end Mark Gastineau's larger than life attitude produced larger than life stats as he set the single season sack record with 20.5.



    Pressure is on in New York for the Jets in 1985 as the fans and media grow anxious for a return to the Super Bowl. The 1985 season could be do or die for head coach Walt Michaels and quarterback Steve Bartkowski.








    Seattle Seahawks:
    Stadium: The Kingdome
    Head Coach: Chuck Knox
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Monte Kiffin(defensive line),
    Joe Vitt(strength/quality control)
    1984 Record: 9-7


    Impact Players:
    QB- #7 Joe Thiesmann
    QB- #17 Dave Krieg
    HB- #36 William Andrews
    TE- #88 Steve Tasker(R)
    WR- #80 Steve Largent
    WR- #81 James Lofton
    G- #75 Chris Hinton
    NT- #63 Bill Maas
    DE- #56 Chris Doleman(R)
    OLB- #50 Vernon Maxwell
    SS- #45 Kenny Easley

    Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox brought Seattle their first winning record since 1979 last year with a 9-7 finish. Seattle was in contention for a Wild Card playoff spot until the final week of the season where they were eliminated in a win-and-in finale against the LA Raiders. CFL hero Joe Thiesmann became a surprising sensation in 1984 by throwing for 33 touchdown passes while leading one of the most dynamic offenses in the AFL. On defense Kenny Easley put in a masterful season in 1984 becoming widely regarded as the best safety in the league.




    Seattle bid farewell to their legendary defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon this past off season after he announced his retirement. The Seahawks hoped to fill the void Selmon will leave by drafting pass rushing specialist Chris Doleman out of Pittsburgh. Chuck Knox's Seahawks are healthy and primed to make a run in the highly competitive Southwestern Conference in 1985.










    Denver Broncos:
    Stadium: Mile High Stadium
    Head Coach: Dan Reeves
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Joe Collier(defensive coordinator), Mike Shanahan(offensive coordinator), Alex Gibbs(offensive line)
    1984 Record: 9-7


    Impact Players:
    QB- #7 John Elway
    HB- #38 George Rogers
    WR- #80 Jerry Rice(R)
    TE- #89 Jay Novacek(R)
    G- #62 Guy Mcintyre
    DT- #75 Keith Millard
    OLB- #57 Tom Jackson
    OLB- #56 Chip Banks
    ILB- #77 Karl Mecklenburgh
    CB- #20 Louis Wright


    The Denver Broncos 9-7 finish was the team's best record since their 1977 Super Bowl winning run and their first winning season in the 1980's decade so far after a dreadful 18-46 run from 1980 to 1983. The Broncos found themselves in the thick of a 3 team race for the final Wild Card spot in the Southwestern Conference, ultimately falling short of a return to the playoffs. The star of the show in Denver has become young quarterback Johnny Elway, who pulled off 3 come from behind victories for the Broncos, endearing himself with the Orange Crush fanbase that packs into Mile High Stadium every Sunday.



    The Broncos desperate search for receivers in the draft seen them fail to trade up in their attempt to take highly touted prospects Al Toon and Eddie Brown. After trade talks fell through the Broncos were forced to settle for lesser known receiver named Jerry Rice out of obscure Mississippi Valley State. Rice has impressed in training camp and is expected to be a starter in 1985.







    San Diego Chargers:
    Stadium: Jack Murphy Stadium
    Head Coach: Al Saunders
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Ernie Zampese(offensive coordinator), Jim Hanifan(offensive line), Fritz Shurmur(defensive coordinator), Norv Turner(wide receivers)
    1984 Record: 6-10


    Impact Players:
    QB- #14 Dan Fouts
    HB- #33 Tony Dorsett
    WR- #83 John Jefferson
    WR- #18 Charlie Joiner
    TE- #80 Kellen Winslow
    DE- #71 Fred Dean
    DE- #75 Charles Mann
    OLB- #50 Duane Bickett(R)
    CB- #22 Gill Byrd


    1984 was the end of an era for the San Diego Chargers as they decided to move on from head coach Don Coryell following back to back 6-10 finishes. Coryell was the mastermind of a highly innovative offensive attack that broke AFL records and took the Chargers to back to back Super Bowl appearances in 1980 and 1981. San Diego fell short in both Super Bowls and was never able to recover, with Coryell taking the blame for not being able to develop a defense to compliment the leagues most powerful offense. Taking over for Coryell in 1985 will be former receivers coach Al Saunders, a protege of Coryell and one of the most respected assistants on his staff. The Chargers have made moves to improve the defense by hiring defensive guru Fritz Shurmer and drafting highly touted USC linebacker Duane Bickett.




    Dan Fouts suffered through an injury plagued season in 1984 but looks to return to form as the top quarterback in the league when he takes the field in 1985. Fouts lost one of his best weapons when Wes Chandler was traded away to Cleveland but with Tony Dorsett and Kellen Winslow returning the Chargers offense is still expected to be one of the most productive in the AFL.









    Indianapolis Colts:
    Stadium: The Hoosier Dome
    Head Coach: Buddy Ryan
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Jerry Burns(offensive coordinator)
    1984 Record: 6-10


    Impact Players:
    QB- #9 Tommy Kramer
    QB- #13 Steve Bono(R)
    WR- #87 Al Toon(R)
    TE- #83 Steve Jordan
    T- #75 Jimbo Covert
    C- #73 Don Mosebar
    MLB- #50 Mike Singletary
    DE- #72 Dexter Manley
    DT- #99 Dan Hampton
    DT- #76 Steve Mcmichael
    DT- #99 William "The Refrigerator" Perry(R)
    S- #22 Dave Duerson

    Disaster struck the Indianapolis Colts in their inaugural season in the Hoosier Dome when star running back Billy Sims suffered a career threatening knee injury that will see him miss all of the 1985 season. Without Sims the Colts offense was dead in the water in 1984 but their defense came together under head coach Buddy Ryan's unique "46" scheme to lead the league in fewest rushing yards allowed while ranking 5th in the league in fewest points allowed.


    The Colts enter their second season in Indianapolis in 1985 after leaving Baltimore behind, pressure is on head coach Buddy Ryan to produce a competitive team. The Colts defense is expected to again be one of the top in the league and is sure to make Indy a dangerous threat in the race for the Northeast Conference Title.







    Cincinnati Bengals:

    Stadium: Riverfront Stadium
    Head Coach: Sam Wyche
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Dick Lebeau(defensive coordinator)
    1984 Record: 5-11


    Impact Players:
    QB- #14 Ken Anderson
    QB- #7 Boomer Esiason
    RB- #21 James Brooks
    HB- #31 Wilbert Montgomery
    WR- #80 Cris Collinsworth
    WR- #81 Eddie Brown(R)
    WR- #84 Eric Martin(R)
    T- #65 Max Montoya
    T- #78 Anthony Munoz
    DT- #77 Jim Jeffcoat
    DT/NT- #69 Tim Krumrie
    CB- #47 Herman Edwards
    SS- #49 Gary Fencik

    The Bengals bid farewell to their beloved head coach Dick Vermiel after he announced his retirement in a highly emotional press conference after the last game of the season last year. Vermiel led the Bengals to victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XVI four years ago but failed in his quest for a second AFL title after heartbreaking playoff losses in 1982 and 1983 before stumbling to a 5-11 finish in his farewell season in 1984. Attempting to fill Vermiel's shoes will be new head coach Sam Wyche, a protege of Bengals owner Paul Brown who played under him for the Bengals from 1968 to 1970. Wyche also served as an assistant coach on Brown's coaching staff after he retired.


    The Bengals shining star in their 5-11 campaign in 1985 was powerful offensive lineman Anthony Munoz, one of the only Bengals to be named to the AFL All Pro team in '85 and the man that many believe to be the best offensive lineman in the entire AFL. Munoz has helped to extend the career of the aging old veteran quarterback Ken Anderson, the AFL's all time leading passer. Anderson will play his 15th season in the AFL in 1985 and is expected to start for the Bengals after winning a mini quarterback competition with second year Boomer Esiason in training camp. Sam Wyche will go with Anderson's experience in '85 and has loaded the offense around him with weapons, adding talented young receivers Eddie Brown and Eric Martin through the draft.







    Houston Oilers:
    Stadium: Houston Astrodome
    Head Coach: Joe Gibbs
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Joe Bugel(offensive line), Richie Petitbon(defensive coordinator), Ken Houston(defensive backs)
    1984 Record: 5-11


    Impact Players:
    QB- #1 Warren Moon
    WR- #85 Charlie Brown
    WR- #80 Henry Ellard
    WR/PR- #84 Billy "White Shoes" Johnson
    TE- #89 Ethan Horton(R)
    T- #66 Joe Jacoby
    G- #73 Mark May
    G- #68 Russ Grimm
    DT- #79 Ray Childress(R)
    DE- #96 Sean Jones
    CB- #28 Darrell Green

    Oilers head coach Joe Gibbs has found himself on the hot seat after Houston finished with their worst record under his leadership since he took over the team four years ago, the team's first losing season since 1976. The lone bright spot in the Oilers 1984 season was the further development of Warren Moon into one of the elite quarterbacks in all of the AFL.


    The Oilers key to their offense is their ability to protect Warren Moon with one of the best pass blocking units in the league. Russ Grim, Joe Jacoby, and Mark May led an offensive line that kept Moon as the least sacked quarterback in all of the league in 1984. Houston will look to improve on defense in 1985 with one of the youngest and most talented units in the AFL, including rookie defensive lineman Ray Childress, one of the most dominant interior lineman in college football last season. The Oilers will hope to return to the top of the Southwest in 1985 but will need big playmakers to step up on offense to make it happen as they somehow find themselves as one of the only teams in the AFL without a dangerous rusher and their young receivers have yet to live up to their potential.







    Cleveland Browns:
    Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
    Head Coach: Marty Schottenhiemer
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Bill Cowher(special teams)
    1984 Record: 5-11


    Impact Players:
    QB- #16 Lynn Dickey
    QB- #19 Bernie Kosar(R)
    HB- #32 Otis Anderson
    TE- #82 Ozzie Newsome
    WR- #89 Wes Chandler
    T- #74 Jim Lachey(R)
    DE- #95 Richard Dent
    OLB- #57 Clay Mathews
    OLB- #58 Wilber Marshall
    S- #25 Keith Bostic
    K- #7 Morten Andersen

    The Cleveland Browns have not had a winning season in the AFL since their lone playoff appearance in the league four years ago. The Browns lost Brian Sipe to the USFL and then fired head coach Sam Rutigliano mid-season last year. Marty Schottenhiemer took over as interim head coach and won the job for the 1985 season by rallying the Browns to big wins late in the season. The big story for the Browns this offseason was the drafting of hometown Cleveland native Bernie Kosar out of the University Of Miami. Kosar led the Miami Hurricanes to a National Championship in 1983 before setting single season school records for passing yards and touchdowns in 1984. Kosar is expected to back up veteran Lynn Dickey during his rookie campaign in 1985.




    The Browns defense ranked in the top 10 in the AFL in 1984 and is expected to be one of the toughest units in the league in 1985. Cleveland's offense is also expected to be improved after trading for Chargers receiver Wes Chandler and drafting 6' 6" 295 pound offensive lineman Jim Lachey. The Browns will still lean heavily on power runner Otis Anderson and the best tight end perhaps in AFL history, Ozzie Newsome.







    Buffalo Bills:
    Stadium: Rich Stadium
    Head Coach: Bud Carson
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Gunther Cunningham(defensive line), Pete Carroll(defensive backs), Tom Coughlin(wide receivers)
    1984 Record: 3-13


    Impact Players:
    QB- #12 Joe Ferguson
    QB- #15 Jeff Hostetler
    HB- #28 Curt Warner
    WR/PR- #80 Irving Fryar
    WR- #83 Andre Reed(R)
    T- #67 Luis Sharpe
    C- #53 Kevin Glover(R)
    DE- #78 Bruce Smith(R)
    OLB- #56 Darryl Talley
    CB- #24 Everson Walls

    The Buffalo Bills have unquestionably been the worst team in the AFL over the past 3 years. Buffalo has finished in last place with an abysmal overall record of 10-38 over the last 3 seasons. Last year Buffalo fans suffered through a 3-13 campaign that seen head coach Ted Marchibroda get fired after only his second year at the helm. Taking his place for 1985 will be new head coach Bud Carson, the defensive mastermind that put together the scheme that snuffed out the dynamic duo offense of the Miami Dolphins in last year's AFC Southwest Conference Championship Game. Carson was defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs last year and his defense shut down Dan Marino and Eric Dickerson(the co-MVP's of the league) before going on to win Super Bowl XIX. Bud Carson will bring that elite defensive mindset to Buffalo in 1985, with his first big move being the drafting of defensive end Bruce Smith with the 1st overall pick.


    Bruce Smith earned the nickname "The Sack Man" at Virginia Tech, accumulating 46 sacks and over 70 tackles for loss in his college career. Smith will join a tough young defense that features one of the top defensive backs in Everson Walls(leads the AFL in interceptions over the past 3 seasons) as well as fast improving linebacker Darryl Talley. The Bills offense is expected to be their major weakness again in 1985 unless Curt Warner can return to the prime form that he showcased in his rookie season. Warner suffered a knee injury in 1984 but will look to get back on track in 85 with an improved offensive line to block for him.

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    1985 AFL MVP Award Winner
    Walter Payton(RB, Kansas City Chiefs), AFL record 2,436 total yards from line of scrimmage



    AFL Offensive Player Of The Year
    Walter Payton(RB, Kansas City Chiefs), 1,694 YDS and 17 TD rushing, 742 YDS and 7 TD receiving


    AFL Defensive Player Of The Year
    Richard Dent(DE, Cleveland Browns), 18 Sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 1 safety


    AFL Rookie Of The Year
    Frank Reich(QB, New England Patriots), 11-2 as a starter with 19 touchdown passes and 3,279 yards


    AFL Coach Of The Year
    Marv Levy(Kansas City Chiefs), Led Chiefs to 14 wins and 1st place in Southwest Conference


    AFL Top Rated Passer
    Dan Marino(QB, Miami Dolphins), 4,067 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns


    AFL Rushing Leader
    Marcus Allen(Los Angeles Raiders), 1,761 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns


    AFL Receiving Leader
    Art Monk(Kansas City Chiefs), 96 receptions, 1,338 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns


    AFL Sack Leader
    Richard Dent(DE, Cleveland Browns), 18 SK



    AFL Interception Leader
    Everson Walls(Buffalo Bills), 10 INT




    1985 AFL Standings


    AFL Northeast Football Conference

    New England Patriots 13-3
    Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5
    Cleveland Browns 8-8
    Cincinnati Bengals 8-8
    Indianapolis Colts 7-9
    Buffalo Bills 5-11
    New York Jets 3-13



    AFL Southwest Football Conference

    Kansas City Chiefs 14-2
    Los Angeles Raiders 12-4
    Denver Broncos 10-6
    Miami Dolphins 9-7
    Seattle Seahawks 8-8
    San Diego Chargers 6-10
    Houston Oilers 6-10





    1985 AFL Playoffs




    +++Wild Card Playoffs+++




    AFL Northeast Conference Wildcard Playoff
    vs
    Cleveland Browns 20 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 23(OT)




    AFL Southwest Conference Wildcard Playoff
    vs
    Denver Broncos 6 @ Los Angeles Raiders 41





    +++Conference Championships+++





    AFL Northeast Conference Championship
    vs
    Pittsburgh Steelers 24 @ New England Patriots 21(OT)




    AFL Southwest Conference Championship
    vs
    Los Angeles Raiders 10 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14











    January 26th, 1986, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans LA


    vs
    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Steelers 0 3 17 10 30
    Chiefs 21 3 0 7 31

    Super Bowl XX MVP:

    Joe Montana(307 passing yards, 3 touchdown passes)

    For 20 years the Super Bowl has waited for a hero. In Super Bowl XX on the field in the New Orleans Superdome, it finally found him. His name; Joe Montana. With Kansas City down 30-24 with 2:23 left in the game Joe Montana led the Chiefs on a 91 yard drive down the field to capture the hearts of a nation, throwing an 11 yard game winning touchdown pass to rookie tight end Mark Bavaro to give the Chiefs a thrilling 31-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, their second consecutive Super Bowl victory. Montana was awarded the games Most Valuable Player award by throwing for 3 touchdowns and over 300 yards. The Chiefs back to back Super Bowl wins cemented their status as "America's Team". After his performance in what was perhaps the most thrilling final 2 minutes of any game in AFL history, Montana may have cemented himself as America's quarterback.

    The game itself will go down as arguably the best Super Bowl of all time. Kansas City jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter after capitalizing on 3 key Steelers turnovers. The Chiefs struck first with a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone. Neil Lomax was intercepted by Ronnie Lott to set up Montana's first touchdown pass, a 21 yard strike to Art Monk. A Pittsburgh fumble on the ensuing kickoff set up Montana's second touchdown pass, a 12 yard pass to Walter Payton, giving Kansas City a quick 21-0 first quarter lead. The Steelers were finally able to put together a scoring drive with Gerald Riggs carrying their offense into field goal range to cut the Chiefs lead to 21-3. Montana answered by leading Kansas City 81 yards down the field to add a field goal before the end of the first half, putting Kansas City up 24-3.

    "The King Of Pop" Michael Jackson rocked the Superdome in the halftime show and then Steelers' quarterback Neil Lomax turned the game around by leading Pittsburgh on 3 consecutive scoring drives in the third quarter. Pittsburgh's defense managed to eliminate the record setting AFL MVP Walter Payton from the game in the second half, holding him to just 26 total yards and 0 touchdowns, while Neil Lomax threw 3 touchdown passes to bring Pittsburgh back from a 21 point deficit to give Pittsburgh a 30-24 lead. After a penalty on a kickoff return the Chiefs found themselves backed up to their own 9 yard line, trailing by 6 points with just 2:23 left in the game. Joe Montana completed 8 of 11 passes, converting twice on 4th down en route to the most dramatic drive in AFL history, taking the Chiefs 91 yards to Super Bowl glory.







    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-O3kYrDPbI


    AFL '85: Back To The Future


    The 1985 American Football League season seen the continued rise of the Kansas City Chiefs as they embarked on a quest to defend their Super Bowl title, a quest that seen Walter Payton shatter the AFL record books en route to the league MVP award. Payton broke OJ Simpson's single season touchdown record with 24 while also breaking the record for single season total yards from scrimmage. "Sweetness" dominated the AFL with his finest season of his career, following up on his Super Bowl XIX MVP performance with a season long showcase of pure heart, dedication, and toughness. The Chiefs ran away with the Southwest Conference title with a 14-2 record. Joe Montana had his finest season yet with 29 touchdown passes and over 3,600 passing yards while Art Monk led the AFL in receiving over 1,300 receiving yards. The Chiefs offense ranked 1st in the AFL in total points scored largely in part due to their dominant offensive line. Bostic, Matthews, Alt, and seasoned old vet Joe Delamiellure were joined by powerful rookie tight end Mark Bavaro, who made an immediate impact in his first year in the AFL. The Kansas City Chiefs won the hearts of America, living up to their recently christened moniker as "America's Team" by selling out stadiums all across the country, including the week 4 road game in Indianapolis against the Colts where the Hoosier Dome was invaded by Chiefs fans.




    The Chiefs' triumph in back to back Super Bowl victories was juxtaposed by the Pittsburgh Steelers' tragedy of falling short in the Super Bowl for the second straight year. The Steelers put together the top ranked offense in total yardage in 1985 with Neil Lomax finishing second in passing behind only Dan Marino with 26 touchdown passes and 4,027 passing yards. Both Louis Lipps and Jon Stallworth finished with over 1,000 yards receiving while Gerald Riggs finished 2nd in the league in rushing yards with 1,701 and 17 touchdowns. Pittsburgh put together an 11-5 season and then had one of the most dramatic playoff runs in AFL history, winning back to back overtime thrillers on field goals by kicker Mark Mosely. Pittsburgh upset the heavily favored New England Patriots on the road to win their second consecutive Northeast Conference Championship Game. In Super Bowl XX The Steelers fought back from a 24-3 deficit with 3 Neil Lomax touchdown passes in the second half to take a 30-24 lead with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Pittsburgh watched on as Joe Montana iced their Super Bowl dreams with a 91 yard game winning drive for the ages.




    Without a doubt one of the finest teams in the AFL 1985 regular season was Bill Walsh's New England Patriots. The Patriots lost starting quarterback Jim Plunkett to injury in week 3 but rookie Frank Reich stepped in and thrived in Walsh's "West Coast" offense, helping to lead New England to a 13-3 finish for the Northeast Conference title, earning himself AFL Rookie Of The Year honors in the process. Reich's primary weapon was running back Roger Craig, who lit up the AFL to become the first player in league history with over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. On defense the Patriots were among the league's elite once again, with Andre Tippett ranking near the top with 15 sacks. New England fell short in the Conference Championship Game for the second straight year after a heartbreaking field goal loss to Pittsburgh at home in overtime.


    The LA Raiders once again made their presence felt in the Southwest Conference with the toughest defense in the league and an MVP worthy performance by running back Marcus Allen, who led the league in rushing. The Raiders were one of only 2 teams to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season in a game that seen Doug Williams come in off the bench for the injured Jim Mcmahon and stun the Chiefs defense with 4 touchdown passes for a 35-24 victory in LA on Monday Night Football in week 13. The performance won the starting job for Doug Williams even after Mcmahon returned from his concussion in time for the playoffs. Head coach Tom Flores stuck with Doug Williams for the Southwest Wild Card playoff game and Williams repaid him by throwing for 357 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 41-6 blowout victory over a tough Denver Broncos squad.

    The Raiders squared off against the Chiefs for the third time of the season in the Southwest Conference Championship Game, one of the most brutally physical, heated, emotional rivalry games in AFL history. The game seen players from both teams ejected for fighting, several dirty cheap shot late hits, and Joe Montana knocked out of the game with a controversial late hit by Lawrence Taylor in the first quarter. The Raiders held onto a 10-7 lead in a tough defensive battle that seen both dueling superstar runners Walter Payton and Marcus Allen held to double digit yards. Montana was able to return to the game to start the second half and was able to throw the go ahead touchdown early in the 4th quarter. The Chiefs intercepted Doug Williams twice to hold on to a 14-10 victory and end the Raiders season for the second straight year.




    After an explosion of record setting offense in the AFL in 1984 it was the return of the defense in 1985. The Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns returned to their roots and resurrected the ghosts of the NFL past with two of the hardest hitting, most dominant defenses in the league. The Colts lack of an offense negated their top 5 defensive performance but the Browns were able to mount a playoff run with rookie quarterback Bernie Kosar stepping up after getting the starting job for the last 9 games. The Browns rejuvenated their old rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Northeast Conference Wild Card game that was a throwback to the old days of the NFL. Cleveland would fall short by a field goal in overtime but Browns fans were left with a feeling that there is hope for a bright future.

    In the Southwest Conference it was a tight race between John Elway's Denver Broncos and Dan Marino's Miami Dolphins for the final Wild Card spot. In Denver it was the resurrection of the Orange Crush defense that won the Super Bowl 8 years ago. John Elway showed signs of improvement and maturity as he helped guide Denver to their best record since 1977. Rookie receiver Jerry Rice became one of Denver's best weapons in a Rookie Of The Year worthy performance, with over 900 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns. In Miami the Dolphins struggled early on after a holdout by Dan Marino seen him miss all of training camp and the first game of the season. AFL defenses figured out how to slow down the Dolphins next level offense but Marino was still able to lead the league in passing and Eric Dickerson still ran for over 1,300 rushing yards. A rebuilding year on defense held Miami back as they were passed up by Denver for the last remaining playoff spot in the Southwest. The Broncos were no match for the mighty Raiders in the LA Coliseum. Elway was sacked 5 times and intercepted twice as the Raiders brought an end to Denver's season with a 41-6 blowout.


    For the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks they found themselves left out in the cold come playoff time in 1985 but their fans were given reason to be optimistic about 1986. The Bengals second year quarterback Boomer Esiason was among the top passers in the AFL with 28 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions. The Seahawks lost Joe Thiesmann to a career threatening neck injury in week 5 but their defense rallied and carried them to an 8-8 season with a strong rookie campaign edge rusher Chris Doleman.

    Bills head coach Bud Carson failed to impress in his first season in Buffalo as his squad finished dead last in passing and total offense en route to a 5-11 finish. Same goes for San Diego Chargers rookie head coach Al Saunders, who finished tied in last place in the Southwest. For the Oilers and Jets their failure in 1985 marked the end of an era as both Joe Gibbs and Walt Michaels were fired. The Jets fired Michaels in week 13 after a 1-12 start. Jets defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville was named interim head coach and won the head coaching job in 86 by leading New York to victory in 2 of their last 3 games, including an upset of the Miami Dolphins in the season finale, a game that gave Jets fans a glimpse of their future with an electrifying performance by rookie quarterback Randall Cunningham. Down in Houston the Oilers fired Joe Gibbs following a second consecutive last place finish at 6-10 after a dramatic season marred by injuries.
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    January-April 1986




    AFL announces plans to add 2 expansion teams


    The annual AFL owners meeting produced a ground breaking announcement that the league has set a goal towards expanding to a 16 team league by no later than the year 1992. The first team will launch in the 1988 season with the winning bid going to the Glazer family in Tampa Bay Florida. Tampa was set to get an NFL team in the dying days of the league but an insider trading scandal involving owner Hugh Culverhouse and the dire financial situation of the NFL at the time seen the operation collapse before ever even launching. The process to launch a second AFL expansion team is set to begin in 1987 with plans for their debut no later than the 1992 season.




    USFL Shakeup; league drops to 10 teams for 1986 season


    The United States Football League looks to be on the ropes as it approaches it's 4th season. The league has been bleeding money and as a result will drop from 14 teams to just 10 for the 1986 season. After posting financial losses for each of the past 3 seasons the Atlanta Wildcats, Milwaukee Maulers, and St. Louis Knights have all ceased operations. The New Orleans Pirates will also no longer exist but a majority of the teams front office and roster will be merged into the Tampa Bandits after Pirates owner Tom Benson purchased the Tampa franchise. The Pirates failed to gain a following in New Orleans even with one of the leagues' most potent offenses led by one of the league's biggest stars, Steve Young. Despite their success on the field the Pirates failed to ever fill the Superdome beyond 15,000, less than half of the capacity of the venue. Meanwhile the Tampa Bandits remain one of the most successful teams in the USFL at the box office with a strong loyal following in the Bay area of Florida. USFL co-founder and pioneer Bandits owner Tom Bassett passed away last season due to a brain tumor. Tom Benson won the bid to purchase the holdings of the Bandits this past November. Another major shakeup for the USFL is the purchase of the Texas Gamblers by a business conglomerate in San Antonio where a group of investors have put together a plan for a new stadium by 1988. The Gamblers will set up a temporary home in the Alamodome and will officially change their name to the San Antonio Gamblers. The Oklahoma Outlaws(defending USFL Champs) was in danger of folding but the team got a bailout from a new investor keeping the team afloat. Despite the dire financial situation the USFL still has 2 years on it's television contract with ABC/ESPN.




    Houston Oilers trade Warren Moon to Seattle


    In what was the biggest trade in recent AFL history the Houston Oilers shipped their franchise quarterback Warren Moon to Seattle in exchange for the Seahawks 1st and 3rd round picks in the 1986 draft as well as their 2nd and 3rd round picks in the 1987 draft. The move comes after ownership moved on from head coach Joe Gibbs following a disappointing 6-10 finish in 1985. Moon will return to the state where he played college football for the University of Washington where he will replace Joe Thiesmann as Seahawks starting quarterback after Thiesmann was forced to retire this offseason due to a neck injury sustained last year. Moon was drafted by Houston in the 1978 draft but had to work his way from the practice squad to play backup for the 1979 and 1980 seasons. Moon took over as the Oilers starter in 1981 and has ranked in the top five in passing yards in each of the past 3 seasons.




    USFL top talent hits the free agent market


    Due to a contract loophole several USFL stars will be free to negotiate with AFL squads this offseason. Players from the now defunct Atlanta Wildcats, St. Louis Knights, and Milwaukee Maulers have no contractual obligations to resign with USFL squads and will most likely make their way to the AFL. The most sought after superstar out of that group of players, defensive end Reggie White of St. Louis, didn't stay on the free agent market for long as he was quickly signed to a $7.5 million dollar deal with the San Antonio Gamblers, keeping the USFL's best defensive player in the league. The player expected to create the biggest bidding war among AFL squads is New Orleans Pirates quarterback Steve Young, who won a lawsuit against Tom Benson and the USFL to get out of his contract after Benson merged and moved the team into his recently purchased Tampa Bandits franchise. Other USFL players that are expected to create a free agent signing frenzy in the AFL this offseason are Wade Wilson, Bobby Hebert, Ernest Byner, Bart Oates, Bubba Paris, Ricky Sanders, Nate Newton, and Stephon Paige.




    John Hannah, Lyle Alzado, and Cliff Branch to announce retirement


    One of the greatest offensive linemen in AFL history called it a career this offseason when Patriots guard John Hannah announced his retirement after 13 seasons. Hannah is a 7 time AFL All Pro and a lock for the AFL Hall of Fame. Elsewhere in the league 2 Raider legends announced their retirements after 1977 AFL MVP Lyle Alzado and Raiders all time leading receiver Cliff Branch called it a career. Other AFL greats that announced their retirements include Chiefs veteran lineman Joe Delamielleure, Miami defender Kim Bokamper, longtime Chargers greats John Jefferson and Fred Dean, and former Bengals running back Wilbert Montgomery. Colts star running back Billy Sims and Seahawks quarterback Joe Thiesmann were forced to retire this offseason due to career ending injuries. Over in the USFL former AFL greats Earl Campbell and Brian Sipe announced their retirements as well. [/I]




    Indianapolis Colts move on from Buddy Ryan, hire Jim Mora as new head coach


    The Colts fired Buddy Ryan after 6 seasons following a 7-9 campaign in 1985. Ryan was an assistant coach with the Colts back in their NFL days in the mid 70's and was promoted to head coach 2 years after the team entered the AFL. Ryan assembled one of the toughest defensive units and led the Colts to their one and only playoff appearance since transitioning to the AFL after a 9-7 finish in 1982. The Colts lost in the '82 Northeast Wildcard playoff to the Jets by an overtime field goal and have failed to return to the post season in the 3 years since. New head coach Jim Mora was a former defensive assistant coach with the Chuck Knox Seahawks before taking the job in the USFL as head coach of the Philadelphia Stars in 1983. Mora has led the Stars to a league best 35-7 record over the last 3 years including a victory in the 1984 USFL World Championship Game.




    Houston Oilers fire Joe Gibbs, hire former TE Mike Ditka as new head coach


    The Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams made the controversial move to fire head coach Joe Gibbs following a second consecutive last place finish in 1985. Gibbs remains one of the most highly respected head coaches around the AFL with a 41-39 overall record in his 5 year tenure in Houston. The Oilers replaced Gibbs with head coach of the USFL's Chicago Stallions and former NFL and AFL tight end Mike Ditka. Ditka was an all star tight end with the NFL's Chicago Bears in the 1960's and 70's before signing a controversial contract with the Houston Oilers where he played his final seasons. Ditka was instrumental in the Oilers decision to trade quarterback Warren Moon to Seattle for draft picks.




    Chargers release Al Saunders after 1 year, hire Joe Gibbs


    San Diego released head coach Al Saunders after a disappointing 6-10 finish in his lone season at the helm. Former Oilers head coach Joe Gibbs was hired just 24 hours after the surprise release of Saunders and just 4 days after Gibbs was fired by the Oilers. Gibbs was the offensive coordinator for Don Coryell's staff that led the Chargers to a record breaking offensive performance and back to back Super Bowl appearances in 1979 and 1980.




    Cleveland Browns name Buddy Ryan as new defensive coordinator


    Buddy Ryan will be bringing his 46 Defense to Cleveland in 1986 after the Browns named the former Indianapolis Colts head coach as their new defensive coordinator. Ryan innovated a revolutionary defensive system that caught the league by storm in 1984 and 1985. Ryan returns to the role as defensive coordinator where he worked in his tenure with the New York Jets Super Bowl III winning team in 1968. Ryan was also instrumental in taking the Vikings and Colts to NFL Championship Games during his days as defensive coordinator in the NFL in the 1970's.




    USFL Pre-Season News & Notes


    Oklahoma Outlaws head coach Bill Parcells will leave the team after a contract dispute and will sign with the Philadelphia Stars. Parcells led the Outlaws to a victory in the 1985 USFL World Championship Game last season where they defeated the Stars in a major upset.

    The Minnesota Bulls hire former San Diego Chargers offensive line coach Jim Hanifan as new head coach following the retirement of Bud Grant.

    The Chicago Stallions hire former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Jerry Burns as new head coach.

    The San Antonio Gamblers hire former New Orleans Pirates head coach and innovator of the "Run N Shoot" offense Jack Pardee as new head coach.




    AFL Hall Of Fame Class of 1986 Revealed

    The AFL Hall Of Fame class of '86 will be limited to just 2 inductees as former Raiders head coach John Madden and Houston Oilers defensive back Ken Houston will receive the prestigious honor. John Madden coached the Raiders from 1969 to 1978 where he led the team to 4 AFL Super Bowl titles, the most of any head coach in AFL history. Ken Houston played safety for the Houston Oilers for 14 seasons and was a 12 time AFL All Star.

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    March 1986




    Buffalo Bills sign USFL star QB Steve Young to 5 year deal worth $10 million


    The Buffalo Bills inked USFL gunslinger Steve Young to the biggest contract in the AFL this week after a bidding war that also involved the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. Young was the top passer in the USFL in 1985 where he took the New Orleans Pirates to the USFL World Title game. Buffalo has had bad luck at the quarterback position over the past few years starting with their top draft pick in 1983 Jim Kelly choosing the USFL over the Bills contract offer. Young was involved in a lawsuit with the USFL this offseason where he was able to get out from his USFL contract after the team he was signed to(the New Orleans Pirates) was folded and merged into another franchise(Tampa Bandits) purchased by Pirates owner Tom Benson.


    USFL free agent tracker

    Quarterback Bobby Hebert was signed by the Indianapolis Colts

    Quarterback Wade Wilson was signed by the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL

    Running back Ernest Byner was signed by the Seattle Seahawks

    Center Bart Oates was signed by the Los Angeles Raiders

    Offensive tackle Bubba Paris was signed by the New England Patriots

    Wide Receiver Ricky Sanders was signed by the San Diego Chargers

    Offensive guard Nate Newton was signed by the Miami Dolphins

    Wide Receiver Stephone Paige was signed by the Denver Broncos

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    1986 AFL Draft




    ESPN presents the 1986 annual AFL player selection meeting live from Radio City Music Hall in Times Square. The hometown New York Jets are on the clock with the first overall pick. This year's top prospects include Auburn running back Bo Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, who leads one of the most stacked classes for power runners in recent history, featuring Ronnie Harmon, Neal Anderson, John L. Williams, Keith Byars, and Tom Rathman. Eyes will also be on the Houston Oilers who will have 2 picks in the first round after trading Warren Moon to Seattle for the 7th overall pick.


    First Round Picks:






    With the 1st overall pick in the 1986 AFL draft, the New York Jets select...


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    Bo Jackson, Running Back(Auburn)








    With the 3rd overall pick in the 1986 AFL Draft, the Houston Oilers select...


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    Jim Everett, Quarterback(Purdue)








    With the 4th overall pick in the 1986 AFL draft the San Diego Chargers select...


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    Leslie O'Neal, Defensive End(Oklahoma State)








    With the 5th overall pick in the 1986 AFL draft the Indianapolis Colts select...


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    Ronnie Harmon, Running Back(Iowa)








    With the 7th overall pick in the 1986 AFL draft the Houston Oilers select...


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    Neal Anderson, Running Back(Florida)








    With the 8th overall pick in the 1986 AFL draft the Cleveland Browns select...


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    Webster Slaughter, Wide Receiver(San Diego State)








    With the 14th overall pick in the 1986 AFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs select...


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    Will Wolford, Offensive Tackle(Vanderbilt)




    Notable Second Round Picks:

    San Diego Chargers- Ernest Givens, Wide Receiver(Maryland)
    Miami Dolphins- John Offerdahl, Linebacker(Western Michigan)
    Cincinnati Bengals- Keith Byars, Fullback(Ohio State)
    Seattle Seahawks- John L. Williams, Fullback(Florida)



    Notable Late Round Picks:

    Indianapolis Colts- Pat Swilling, Linebacker(Georgia Tech)
    Buffalo Bills- Tom Rathman, Fullback(Nebraska)
    Denver Broncos- Tim Harris, Defensive End(Memphis State)
    New England Patriots- John Taylor, Wide Receiver(Delaware State)
    New England Patriots- Steve Wallace, Offensive Tackle(Auburn)
    New England Patriots- Charles Haley, Defensive End(James Madison)


    Notable Undrafted Free Agent Signings:
    Cleveland Browns- Clyde Simmons, Defensive End(West Carolina)
    Cleveland Browns- Seth Joyner, Linebacker(Texas-El Paso)
    San Diego Chargers- Mark Rypien, Quarterback(Washington State)
    Miami Dolphins- Ray Brown, Guard(Arkansas State)
    Pittsburgh Steelers- Brent Jones, Tight End(Santa Clara)

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    USFL 1986 Season Summary





    The USFL soldiered on through it's 4th season despite dropping from 14 teams to just 10 for 1986 as well as an exodus of top talent leaving for the AFL. The new look league made headlines on the verge of financial collapse from week to week in the Spring of '86. On the field though the USFL lit it up in '86 with some of the most talented superstars in all of professional football. The biggest story in the USFL this year was the rise of the San Antonio Gamblers. Formerly known as the Texas Gamblers, a team that played all of it's home games spread out between Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. Nowhere in Texas where the Gamblers more loved and supported than in Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, where they routinely drew crowds over 20,000 between 83-85. A group of investors purchased the Gamblers and permanently moved them to San Antonio where they hit the ground running in 1986. Plans where announced for a new 65,000 seat domed stadium in San Antonio for the Gamblers. Jack Pardee was hired as the new head coach and the best free agent in pro football was signed when Reggie White was inked to a long term deal. Jim Kelly thrived under Jack Pardee's "Run N' Shoot" offense and the defense rallied around Reggie White's MVP performance to dominate the USFL in 1986. The San Antonio Gamblers went undefeated at 14-0 and captured the USFL World Championship by defeating the Philadelphia Stars on a thrilling final 2 point conversion for the ages.

    Gamblers defensive end Reggie White set a new pro record with 23 sacks in only 14 games, running away with the USFL MVP Award with one of the most dominant defensive performances in pro football history. Gamblers quarterback Jim Kelly threw for 4,033 yards and 41 touchdown passes while the San Antonio Gamblers averaged 23,000 in attendance in Alamo Stadium.




    For the Philadelphia Stars it was a smooth transition to new head coach Bill Parcells after the departure of Jim Mora to the AFL. Parcells kept the Stars right on track for yet another division title and a victory on the road over Washington to advance to their 3rd consecutive USFL World Championship Game. The story of the Stars 1986 season was their unbreakable defense led by Sam Mills, the power running of Mike Rozier, and the veteran leadership of quarterback Phil Simms.

    The other strong contenders in the USFL in 1986 where the Minnesota Bulls and the Washington Sentinels. In Minnesota it was the strong defensive unit starring Greg Kragen, Eugene Robinson, and Rickey Jackson as well as the new arrivals in head coach Jim Hanifan and AFL cast off quarterback Jeff Hostetler, who came into the USFL hungry to prove himself as a starter in 1986. The Bulls quickly became one of the most popular USFL teams with fans packing into the Metrodome to be apart of their run to the Division Playoff game. In Washington former NY Jets head coach Joe Walton looked to redeem himself by putting together one of the best teams in the league in 1986. Washington won 1st place in the East on the arm of quarterback Ken O'Brien, who led the USFL in passing with 4,233 yards and 44 touchdown passes with 2 of the most dangerous receivers in the USFL at his disposal in Gary Clark and Anthony Carter. Elsewhere in the USFL it was quarterback Doug Flutie and arguably the best player in USFL history so far, Herschel Walker, who shined bright despite suffering through losing seasons with the Oakland Invaders and San Francisco Sharks respectively.

    As the USFL enters it's 5th and final year of it's television contract with ABC/ESPN the future of the league is uncertain. Whatever happens in the future, football fans will look back on the 1986 USFL season as one of the best.



    +++1986 USFL Standings+++


    Eastern Division
    Washington Sentinels 11-3
    Philadelphia Stars 11-3
    Chicago Stallions 6-8
    Tampa Bay Bandits 5-9
    Detroit Panthers 1-13


    Western Division
    San Antonio Gamblers 14-0
    Minnesota Bulls 9-5
    San Francisco Sharks 7-7
    Oakland Invaders 6-8
    Oklahoma Outlaws 2-12



    +++Playoffs+++



    Division Championships



    USFL Eastern Division Championship
    Philadelphia Stars 20 @ Washington Sentinels 17


    USFL Western Division Championship
    Minnesota Bulls 16 @ San Antonio Gamblers 49



    World Championship



    USFL World Championship Game
    Philadelphia Stars 21 vs San Antonio Gamblers 22
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    My Bulls got robbed.

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    Bills getting Young makes me wonder if Kelly will come to buffalo and the 49ers young/montana becones bills young/kelly


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    AFL purchases USFL


    July 30th, 1986

    The United States Football League has been bought out by the AFL just weeks after the USFL wrapped up their 4th season and just days away from the beginning of the AFL pre-season. A flood of details have materialized over the past 24 hours since the deal has been made. ESPN has devoted round the clock coverage of the earth shattering news and the following facts have been revealed in a recent press conference:


    • 2 USFL franchises will be added to the AFL, the San Antonio Gamblers(defending undefeated champs) and the Minnesota Bulls, the two most financially secure teams in the league. Both team owners will pay an undisclosed fee for the rights to enter the league beginning in the 1987 season(next year). Both teams will play in the AFL Southwest Conference and the Miami Dolphins will be moved to the Northeast(the conferences will most likely see a name change to simply "East" and "West" conferences).



    • The all new yet to be named Tampa Bay franchise is still on track to launch as an AFL expansion team in 1988 and the league will still look to expand to an even 20 teams with 1 more expansion team added by the year 1991 or 92, with the process to find the next city/owner being postponed until after the Tampa franchise kicks off in '88.



    • The USFL will drop to 8 teams(San Francisco Sharks, Oakland Invaders, Oklahoma Outlaws, Chicago Stallions, Detroit Panthers, Philadelphia Stars, Tampa Bay Bandits, and Washington Sentinels) and will continue to operate as an AFL developmental league in the Spring at least for the 1987 season, the league's last year on their current TV deal with ABC/ESPN. The AFL will look to renegotiate a new deal to keep the league going after the current deal expires but nothing has been set in stone as of yet.



    • The San Antonio Gamblers and Minnesota Bulls will retain their current rosters for the 1987 AFL season and will be entered into the 1987 AFL Draft. All other USFL contracted players will be free to negotiate with AFL teams as free agents at the end of the 1986 season.
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    My Minnesota Bulls are gonna light the league on fire...


    I think. I hope.

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