1988 Arena Football League season

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1988 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
DurationApril 28, 1988 – July 30, 1988
Regular season
Season champions Chicago Bruisers
Season MVP Ben Bennett (CHI)
League postseason
1 vs 4 Semifinals champions Chicago Bruisers
  1 vs 4 Semifinals runners-up Los Angeles Cobras
2 vs 3 Semifinals champions Detroit Drive
  2 vs 3 Semifinals runners-upPittsburgh Gladiators
ArenaBowl II
Champions Detroit Drive
  Runners-up Chicago Bruisers
Finals MVP Steve Griffin (DET)
AFL seasons

The 1988 Arena Football League season was the second season of the Arena Football League. The league champions were the Detroit Drive, who defeated the Chicago Bruisers in ArenaBowl II.

Arena Football League Professional indoor American football league

The Arena Football League (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football, a form of indoor American football played on a 66-by-28 yard field, with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL.

The Massachusetts Marauders were a professional arena football team that was based in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were a member of the Arena Football League (AFL) from 1988 to 1994. The team was established in Detroit in 1988, as the Detroit Drive and was a member of the AFL in 1988 and in all subsequent years through 1993. The club then moved to Worcester, Massachusetts in 1994 and played in that city through the end of the 1994 season.

The Chicago Bruisers were a professional arena football team based in Rosemont, Illinois. They were founded in 1987 as a charter member of the Arena Football League (AFL). They played their home games at Rosemont Horizon.

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Standings

1988 Arena Football League standings
TeamWLTPCTPFPAPF (Avg.)PA (Avg.)STK
xy-Chicago Bruisers 1011.87552637443.831.2T 1
x-Detroit Drive 930.75047231039.325.8W 7
x-Pittsburgh Gladiators 660.50050749142.340.9L 1
x-Los Angeles Cobras 561.45846344938.637.4T 1
New England Steamrollers 390.25033551127.942.6W 1
New York Knights 2100.16734251028.542.5L 2

y – clinched regular-season title

x – clinched playoff spot

Playoffs

Semifinals ArenaBowl II
      
1Chicago29
4 Los Angeles 16
1 Chicago 13
2Detroit24
2Detroit34
3 Pittsburgh 25

Awards and honors

Regular season awards

AwardWinnerPositionTeam
Most Valuable Player Ben Bennett Quarterback Chicago Bruisers
Ironman of the Year Dwayne Dixon Wide Receiver/Defensive Back Detroit Drive
Coach of the Year Perry Moss Head coach Chicago Bruisers

All-Arena team

PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Ben Bennett, Chicago Matt Stevens, Los Angeles
Fullback/Linebacker Walter Holman, Detroit Osia Lewis, Chicago
Wide receiver/Defensive back Gary Mullen, Los Angeles
Carl Aikens, Jr., Chicago
Dwayne Dixon, Detroit
Jim Hockaday, New England
Vince Courville, New York
Reggie Smith, Chicago
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Quinton Knight, New York
Craig Walls, Pittsburgh
Jeff Faulkner, Chicago
Kevin Murphy, New England
Sylvester Bembery, New England
Jon Roehlk, Detroit
Defensive specialist Durwood Roquemore, Chicago Nate Miller, Detroit
Kicker Marco Morales, Chicago Novo Bojovic, Detroit

Team notes

# of TeamsExpansion TeamsFolded TeamsSuspended TeamsTeams returning from previous seasonTeams returning after hiatusRelocated TeamsName Changes
6 Detroit Drive
Los Angeles Cobras
New England Steamrollers
New York Knights
Denver Dynamite
Washington Commandos
Chicago Bruisers
Pittsburgh Gladiators

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