2008 Arena Football League season

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2008 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport Arena football
DurationFebruary 29, 2008 – July 27, 2008
Regular season
Season champions Philadelphia Soul
Season MVP Matt D'Orazio, PHI
AFL Playoffs
National Conference champions Philadelphia Soul
  National Conference runners-up Cleveland Gladiators
American Conference champions San Jose SaberCats
  American Conference runners-up Grand Rapids Rampage
ArenaBowl XXII
Champions Philadelphia Soul
  Runners-up San Jose SaberCats
Finals MVP Matt D'Orazio, PHI
AFL seasons

The 2008 Arena Football League season was the 22nd season of the Arena Football League and final season before the 2009 season cancellation and subsequent bankruptcy of the original AFL corporate entity. The regular season began play on February 29, 2008 and concluded on June 22. The playoffs began the following week, and ArenaBowl XXII was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 27 between the National Conference champion Philadelphia Soul and the American Conference champion San Jose SaberCats. This game was won by the Soul, 59–56.

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Prior to the season, it was announced that the Austin Wranglers would move to the af2, and the Nashville Kats folded, thus leaving the league with 17 teams. The Las Vegas Gladiators relocated to Cleveland.

Standings

National Conference
Eastern Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
Philadelphia Soul 133.8139228107–19–27–16–2
Dallas Desperados 124.7508617986–29–26–26–2
Cleveland Gladiators 97.5639018954–45–66–23–5
New York Dragons 88.5008228192–64–75–33–5
Columbus Destroyers 313.1887508931–72–102–61–7
Southern Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
Georgia Force 106.6259278483–36–46–24–4
Orlando Predators 97.5638818983–34–65–34–4
New Orleans VooDoo 88.5008938352–42–66–22–6
Tampa Bay Storm 88.5009038764–25–55–33–5
American Conference
Central Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
Chicago Rush 115.6889267656–09–17–14–4
Colorado Crush 610.3758479072–44–64–42–6
Grand Rapids Rampage 610.3759529683–34–63–53–5
Kansas City Brigade 313.1887529231–51–92–61–7
Western Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
San Jose SaberCats 115.6889458756–09–16–25–3
Arizona Rattlers 88.2508429071–53–73–55–3
Utah Blaze 610.3759419592–46–44–42–6
Los Angeles Avengers 511.31384710043–34–64–41–7

Source: ArenaFan.com [1]

Playoffs

 Wild Card PlayoffsDivisional PlayoffsConference Championships ArenaBowl XXII
                   
    
 4Cleveland73 
  2Georgia70 
4Cleveland69
5Orlando66 
 4Cleveland35 
National Conference
 1Philadelphia70 
3Dallas63 
6New York77 
 6New York48
  1Philadelphia49 
   
    
 N1Philadelphia59
 A2San Jose56
    
    
 6Grand Rapids58
  1Chicago41 
3Arizona41
6Grand Rapids48 
 6Grand Rapids55
American Conference
 2San Jose81 
4Utah44 
5Colorado49 
 5Colorado51
  2San Jose64 
   

Regular season statistics

Passing

PlayerComp.Att.Comp%YardsTD'sINT'sRating
Matt D'Orazio, PHI 30141672.4%3,331724131.3
Raymond Philyaw, CLE 35751469.5%4,3208310126.5
Joe Germaine, UTA 41160567.9%4,8699713122.9
Russ Michna, CHI 23935168.1%2,721577122.4
Chris Greisen, GEO 39958565.9%4,9569717121.7

Rushing

PlayerCar.YardsAvg.TD's
Marlion Jackson, CLE 1053533.223
Josh White, DAL 882653.08
Dawan Moss, KC 862442.810
Dan Alexander, CHI 702413.412
Harold Wells, CLB 1032242.217

Receiving

PlayerRec.YardsAvg.TD's
Derek Lee, CLB 1421,76212.432
Chris Jackson, PHI 1401,69212.149
T.T. Toliver, ORL 1181,64513.931
Jason Willis, NY 1361,55511.430
Huey Whittaker, UTA 1261,54712.332

All-Arena team

Offense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Matt D'Orazio, Philadelphia Joe Germaine, Utah
Fullback Marlion Jackson, Cleveland Brian Johnson, San Jose
Center Will Rabatin, Columbus Kyle Moore-Brown, Colorado
Offensive lineman Phil Bogle, Philadelphia
Martin Bibla, Philadelphia
Howard Duncan, Columbus
Shane Grice, Georgia
Wide receiver Chris Jackson, Philadelphia
Huey Whittaker, Utah
T.T. Toliver, Orlando
Otis Amey, Cleveland
Kenny Higgins, Grand Rapids
Damian Harrell, Chicago
Defense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Defensive lineman Aaron McConnell, Colorado
Colston Weatherington, Dallas
Henry Taylor, New York
Bryan Save, Philadelphia
Gabe Nyenhuis, Philadelphia
Tim McGill, Tampa Bay
Middle linebacker Steve Watson, San Jose Duke Pettijohn, Dallas
Jack linebacker DeJuan Alfonzo, Chicago Norman LeJeune, New Orleans
Defensive back Dennison Robinson, Chicago
Marquis Floyd, San Jose
Billy Parker, New York
Clevan Thomas, San Jose
Eddie Moten, Philadelphia
Kenny McEntyre, Orlando
Special teams
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Kicker A. J. Haglund, San Jose Remy Hamilton, Dallas

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