1993 Arena Football League season

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1993 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
Duration May 14, 1993 – August 21, 1993
Regular season
Season MVP Hunkie Cooper, ARI
League postseason
Semifinals champions Detroit Drive
  Semifinals runners-up Arizona Rattlers
Semifinals champions Tampa Bay Storm
  Semifinals runners-up Orlando Predators
ArenaBowl VII
Champions Tampa Bay Storm
  Runners-up Detroit Drive
AFL seasons

The 1993 Arena Football League season was the seventh season of the Arena Football League (AFL). The league champions were the Tampa Bay Storm, who defeated the Detroit Drive in ArenaBowl VII. [1] The AFL also re-aligned to two conferences.

Arena 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.

Tampa Bay Storm American Football team

The Tampa Bay Storm were a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, U.S. that played in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team, along with the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos, joined the AFL in 1987 as one of the charter franchises, and by 1992 it was the last of the four still operating. The team ceased operations in 2017.

ArenaBowl VII

ArenaBowl '93 was the Arena Football League's seventh Arena Bowl. The game featured the number 3 Tampa Bay Storm (9–3) of the National Conference against the number 1 Detroit Drive (11–1) of the American Conference. The Storm defeated the Drive by the score of 51–31, winning their second ArenaBowl in team history, and their second one in three years.

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Team movement

The New Orleans Night and the San Antonio Force both ceased operations and the Sacramento Attack relocated to Miami to become the Miami Hooters. The Denver Dynamite remained inactive.

New Orleans Night

The New Orleans Night were an Arena Football League (AFL) team that competed in the 1991 and 1992 AFL seasons and were based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The team was officially announced at a press conference on March 18, 1991. On April 9, the name Night was unveiled as was Eddie Khayat, former head coach of the Nashville Kats, as head coach.

San Antonio Force

The San Antonio Force were a professional arena football team based in San Antonio, Texas. The team was a member of the Arena Football League that competed in the 1992 season only. The Owner of the Force was Red McCombs. The teams colors were black, red and silver.

Miami City in Florida, United States

Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida. The city covers an area of about 56.6 square miles (147 km2), between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay on the east; with a 2017 estimated population of 463,347, Miami is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States. The Miami metropolitan area is home to 6.1 million people and the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Miami's metro area is the second-most populous metropolis in the southeastern United States and fourth-largest urban area in the U.S. Miami has the third tallest skyline in the United States with over 300 high-rises, 80 of which stand taller than 400 feet.

Standings

1993 Arena Football League standings
Team Overall Conference Scoring
WLPCTWLPCTPFPAPF (Avg.)PA (Avg.)STK
American Conference
xyz-Detroit Drive 11 1 .917 8 0 1.000 506 372 42.1 31 W 4
x-Arizona Rattlers 7 5 .583 6 2 .750 486 489 40.5 40.75 L 1
x-Dallas Texans 3 9 .250 2 6 .250 454 551 37.83 45.92 L 5
Cleveland Thunderbolts 2 10 .167 2 6 .250 357 484 29.75 40.33 L 7
Cincinnati Rockers 2 10 .167 2 6 .250 394 525 32.83 43.75 W 1
National Conference
xy-Orlando Predators 10 2 .833 6 2 .750 526 355 43.83 29.58 L 1
x-Tampa Bay Storm 9 3 .750 5 3 .625 571 389 47.58 32.42 W 3
x-Charlotte Rage 6 6 .500 3 5 .375 440 509 36.66 42.42 L 2
x-Miami Hooters 5 7 .417 3 5 .375 258 491 21.5 40.92 W 2
x-Albany Firebirds 5 7 .417 3 5 .375 482 490 40.16 40.83 W 1

z – clinched homefield advantage

y – clinched division title

x – clinched playoff spot


Playoffs

Quarterfinals Semifinals ArenaBowl VII
         
1Detroit51
8 Dallas 6
1Detroit38
4 Arizona 34
4Arizona56
5 Charlotte 49
1 Detroit 31
3Tampa Bay51
2Orlando41
7 Miami 13
2 Orlando 52
3Tampa Bay55
3Tampa Bay48
6 Albany 34

Awards and honors

Regular season awards

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player Hunkie Cooper Wide receiver/Linebacker Arizona Rattlers
Ironman of the Year Barry Wagner Wide receiver/Defensive back Orlando Predators
Coach of the Year Danny White Head coach Arizona Rattlers
Executive of the Year Bryan Colangelo General Manager Arizona Rattlers
Commissioner's Award Bob Gries Owner Tampa Bay Storm

All-Arena team

PositionFirst team
Quarterback Ben Bennett, Orlando
Fullback/Linebacker Andre Bowden, Tampa Bay
Wide receiver/Defensive back Barry Wagner, Orlando
Wide receiver/Linebacker Niu Sale, Miami
Offensive specialist Hunkie Cooper, Arizona
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Dannie Lockett, Detroit
Willie Fears, Cleveland
Deatrich Wise, Tampa Bay
Defensive specialist Durwood Roquemore, Orlando
Rodney McSwain, Detroit
Kicker Mike Black, Charlotte

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References

  1. Arthur R. Brown Jr. (August 22, 1993). "Tampa Bay whips Detroit, claims second Arena title". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved July 15, 2013.