1997 Arena Football League season

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1997 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
Duration May 1, 1997 – August 25, 1997
ArenaBowl XI
Champions Arizona Rattlers
  Runners-up Iowa Barnstormers
Finals MVP Donnie Davis, ARZ
AFL seasons

The 1997 Arena Football League season was the 11th season of the Arena Football League. It was succeeded by 1998. The league champions were the Arizona Rattlers, who defeated the Iowa Barnstormers in ArenaBowl XI.

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.

The 1998 Arena Football League season was the 12th season of the Arena Football League. It was succeeded by 1999. The league champions were the Orlando Predators, who defeated the Tampa Bay Storm in ArenaBowl XII.

Arizona Rattlers

The Arizona Rattlers are a professional indoor American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Arena Football League and were the third oldest active franchise in the AFL until their departure in 2016. They play their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Rattlers are led by head coach Kevin Guy. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers have won ten division titles and have played in nine ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014. The Rattlers also won the 2017 United Bowl in their first season in the IFL.

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Standings

Team Overall Division
WinsLossesPercentageWinsLossesPercentage
National Conference
Eastern Division
Nashville Kats 1040.714510.833
New Jersey Red Dogs 950.643420.667
Albany Firebirds 680.429240.333
New York CityHawks 2120.143150.167
Southern Division
Orlando Predators 1040.714401.000
Tampa Bay Storm 860.571220.500
Florida Bobcats 4100.286040.000
American Conference
Central Division
Iowa Barnstormers 1130.786601.000
Milwaukee Mustangs 860.571330.500
Texas Terror 680.429240.333
Portland Forest Dragons 2120.143150.167
Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 1220.857401.000
San Jose SaberCats 860.571220.500
Anaheim Piranhas 2120.143040.000

Playoffs

Quarterfinals Semifinals ArenaBowl XI
         
1Arizona46
8 Milwaukee 29
1Arizona (OT) 49
6 Tampa Bay 46
3 Nashville 49
6Tampa Bay52
1Arizona55
2 Iowa 33
2Iowa68
7 San Jose 59
2 Iowa52
4 Orlando 34
4Orlando45
5 New Jersey 37

All-Arena team

PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Kurt Warner, Iowa Sherdrick Bonner, Arizona
Fullback/Linebacker Chad Dukes, Albany Paul McGowan, Orlando
Wide receiver/Defensive back Barry Wagner, Orlando
Randy Gatewood, Arizona
Alvin Ashley, New Jersey
Carlos James, Iowa
Wide receiver/Linebacker Cory Fleming, Nashville Hunkie Cooper, Arizona
Offensive specialist Calvin Schexnayder, Arizona Lamart Cooper, Iowa
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Carlos Fowler, Texas
James Baron, Nashville
Willie Wyatt, Tampa Bay
Al Noga, San Jose
Victor Hall, Orlando
Robert Stewart, New Jersey
Defensive specialist Tracey Perkins, Tampa Bay
Chris Barber, Orlando
Rodney Mazion, Anaheim
Jamie Coleman, Nashville
Kicker Steve Videtich, New Jersey Daron Alcorn, Portland

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