Amsterdam Admirals

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Amsterdam Admirals
Amsterdam Admirals logo Amsterdam Admirals Logo.svg
Amsterdam Admirals logo
Year founded1995
Year retired2007
Home field Amsterdam Arena
City Amsterdam, Netherlands
Team colorsAdmirals Blue, Orange, Green, White, Light Blue
     
MascotAlbert the Albatross
Championships

The Amsterdam Admirals were a professional American football team in NFL Europe who played in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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History

The Admirals were formed in 1995 as part of the NFL's plan to restart the World League of American Football, to be based entirely in Europe. The Admirals were one of three new teams, the others being the Scottish Claymores based in Edinburgh and the Rhein Fire based in Düsseldorf, Germany, to join the old World League's European Division teams: the Barcelona Dragons, the Frankfurt Galaxy, and the London Monarchs.

The Admirals began playing their home games at the old Olympisch Stadion, built in 1928 for the Summer Games. They played there for two years until the Amsterdam ArenA was completed in 1996. When the Admirals were forced to schedule their last home game of the 2000 season against the Claymores away from the ArenA as Euro 2000 preparations were finalized, they made a return to the Olympisch Stadion in what turned out to be one of the most unusual games in American football history. The end zone at the north end of the stadium was ruled unsafe by the officials as the surface was in poor condition, so it was decided that the teams would change ends at every change of possession and play towards the other end zone.

They qualified for the 1995 World Bowl with a 9–1 regular season record, but lost to the Frankfurt Galaxy by a score of 26–22. Ten years later, on their 11th year of existence, the Admirals won their first World Bowl by defeating the defending champion Berlin Thunder 27–21 in the championship game's 13th edition. The next season, they failed to defend their title against the Frankfurt Galaxy 22–7 in World Bowl XIV.

Under the "Player Continuity Program", the Admirals contracted linebacker Derrick Ballard and running back Jonathan Smith for the 2007 season.

Season-by-season

SeasonLeagueRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
1995 WLAF910.9001st (League)01.000Lost to Frankfurt Galaxy in World Bowl III
1996 WLAF550.5003rd (League)
1997 WLAF550.5004th (League)
1998 NFLE730.7003rd (League)
1999 NFLE460.4004th (League)
2000 NFLE460.4004th (League)
2001 NFLE460.4005th (League)
2002 NFLE460.4005th (League)
2003 NFLE460.4005th (League)
2004 NFLE550.5003rd (League)
2005 NFLE640.6002nd (League)101.000 World Bowl XIII champions
2006 NFLE730.7001st (League)01.000Lost to Frankfurt Galaxy in World Bowl XIV
2007 NFLE460.4005th (League)
Total68620.52312.333

Head coaches

#NameTermRegular seasonPostseasonAchievements
GCWonLostTiesWin %GCWonLostWin %
1 Al Luginbill 19952000 6034260.567101.000
2 Bart Andrus 20012007 7034360.486211.500 World Bowl XIII championship
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2005)

Attendance

Source: Kenn.com

YearGamesTotalAverage
Amsterdam Admirals (World League)
1995572,76714,553
1996550,09410,019
Amsterdam Admirals (NFL Europe)
1997573,42514,685
1998579,26315,853
1999561,44412,289
2000554,98510,997
2001566,29213,258
2002558,32211,664
2003557,20811,442
2004562,49612,499
2005564,38612,877
2006 567,10613,421
Amsterdam Admirals (NFL Europa)
2007 558,39011,678
1365826,17812,710

Ring of Honor

Notable players

League records (1995–2007)

Individual records

Highest Pass Rating, Season (Qualifiers)Most Passes Attempted, Season
PlayerYearRatingPlayerYearAttempted
Gibran Hamdan 2006113.4 Will Furrer 1996368
Most Passes Completed, SeasonHighest Average Gain, Season (Qualifiers)
PlayerYearCompletedPlayerYearAverage
Shaun Hill 2003220 Gibran Hamdan 200610.06
Most Consecutive Passes Attempted, None InterceptedMost Games, 100 or More Yards Pass Receiving, Season
PlayerYearAttemptedPlayerYearGames
Ron Powlus 2000156 Skyler Fulton 2006 6
Most Consecutive Games, 100 or More Yards Pass ReceivingMost Yards Gained, Career
PlayerYearGamesPlayerYearYards
Matthew Hatchette 20034 Joe Douglass 1998–1999624
Longest Punt ReturnMost Opponents' Fumbles Recovered, Season
PlayerYearYardsPlayerYearFumbles
Matthew Hatchette Amsterdam vs. Berlin, 5/31/03101 Karmeeleyah McGill 19954
Longest Fumble Return
PlayerYearYards
Derrick Ballard Amsterdam vs. Berlin, 3/18/06 95

Team records

Most Passes Completed, SeasonFewest Passes Completed, Season
YearCompletedYearCompleted
20032711997116
Fewest Yards Gained, SeasonFewest Rushing Touchdowns, Season
YearYardsYearTouchdowns
1997120820001
Most Points, Both Teams, GameMost Punt Returns, Season
YearPointsYearYards
5/31/03 (vs. Berlin)94 (51–43)199839
Most Yards Gained on Punt Return, GameMost Yards Gained on Punt Return, Both Teams, Game
YearYardsYearYards
5/11/96 (vs. London)1755/11/96 (vs. London)201
Fewest Yards Gained on Kickoff Return, GameMost Yards Gained on Kickoff Return, Both Teams, Game
YearYardsYearYards
5/28/00 (vs. Frankfurt)25/31/03 (vs. Berlin)451 (188–263)
Fewest Fumbles, SeasonFewest Fumbles Lost, Season
YearFumblesYearFumbles
2003720032
Most Fumbles Lost, Both Teams, GameMost Opponents' Fumbles Recovered, Season
YearFumblesYearFumbles
5/13/95 (vs. Barcelona)8 (4–4)199520
Most Opponents' Fumbles Recovered, Both Teams, GameFewest Yards Penalized, Both Teams, Game
YearFumblesYearYards
5/13/95 (vs. Barcelona)8 (4–4)5/18/97 (vs. Scotland)25 (15–10)
Most Yards Penalized, Both Teams, GameFewest Yards Allowed by Defense, Rushing, Season
YearYardsYearYards
6/1/02 (vs. Frankfurt)294 (116–178)2000654

Source: NFLEurope.com

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