1990 Arena Football League season

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1990 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
DurationJune 8, 1990 – July 28, 1990
Regular season
Season champions Detroit Drive
Season MVP Art Schlichter, DET
League postseason
1 vs 4 Semifinals champions Detroit Drive
  1 vs 4 Semifinals runners-upPittsburgh Gladiators
2 vs 3 Semifinals champions Dallas Texans
  2 vs 3 Semifinals runners-up Denver Dynamite
ArenaBowl IV
Champions Detroit Drive
  Runners-up Dallas Texans
Finals MVP Art Schlichter, DET
AFL seasons

The 1990 Arena Football League season was the fourth season of the Arena Football League (AFL). The league champions were the Detroit Drive, who defeated the Dallas Texans in ArenaBowl IV.

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 Dallas Texans were an Arena football team based in Dallas, Texas. The Texans were founded in 1990 and were a member of the Arena Football League (AFL). The team played for four seasons, and were relatively successful, making the playoffs three out of four seasons. They played their home games in the Reunion Arena, which they shared with the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.

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Standings

1990 Arena Football League standings
TeamWLTPCTPFPAPF (Avg.)PA (Avg.)STK
xy-Detroit Drive 620.75032621540.726.9W 2
x-Dallas Texans 620.75029930837.438.5W 4
x-Denver Dynamite 440.50028326735.433.4L 3
x-Pittsburgh Gladiators 350.37528928736.135.9L 1
Albany Firebirds 350.37518826823.533.5W 1
Washington Commandos 260.25024428430.535.5L 2

y – clinched regular-season title

x – clinched playoff spot

Playoffs

Semifinals ArenaBowl IV
      
1Detroit61
4 Pittsburgh 30
1Detroit51
2 Dallas 27
2Dallas26
3 Denver 25

Awards and honors

Regular season awards

AwardWinnerPositionTeam
Most Valuable Player Art Schlichter Quarterback Detroit Drive
Ironman of the Year Thomas Monroe Wide Receiver/Defensive Back Pittsburgh Gladiators
Kicker of the Year Novo Bojovic Kicker Detroit Drive
Coach of the Year Ernie Stautner Head coach Dallas Texans

All-Arena team

PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Art Schlichter, Detroit Ben Bennett, Dallas
Fullback/Linebacker Mitchell Ward, Dallas Alvin Rettig, Detroit
Wide receiver/Defensive back Thomas Monroe, Pittsburgh
Gary Mullen, Detroit
Carl Aikens, Jr., Dallas
Julius Dawkins, Pittsburgh
Reggie Smith, Albany
Chris Armstrong, Washington
Offensive specialist/Kick returner Reggie Smith, Albany Gary Mullen, Detroit
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Sylvester Bembery, Albany
Kevin Murphy, Albany
Quinton Knight, Denver
Charles Harris, Washington
Keith Browner, Pittsburgh
Greg Orton, Detroit
Mitch Young, Denver
Defensive specialist Durwood Roquemore, Albany Tate Randle, Detroit
Kicker Novo Bojovic, Detroit Gary Gussman, Albany

Team notes

# of teamsExpansion teamsFolded teamsSuspended teamsTeams returning from previous seasonTeams returning after hiatusRelocated teamsName changes
6 Dallas Texans
Albany Firebirds
Chicago Bruisers
Pittsburgh Gladiators
Detroit Drive
Denver Dynamite
Washington Commandos
Maryland → Washington Commandos

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