1989 Arena Football League season

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1989 Arena Football League season
LeagueArena Football League
SportArena football
DurationJuly 7, 1989 – August 5, 1989
Regular season
Season championsDetroit Drive
Season MVPGeorge LaFrance, DET
League postseason
1 vs 4 Semifinals championsDetroit Drive
  1 vs 4 Semifinals runners-upChicago Bruisers
2 vs 3 Semifinals championsPittsburgh Gladiators
  2 vs 3 Semifinals runners-upDenver Dynamite
ArenaBowl III
ChampionsDetroit Drive
  Runners-upPittsburgh Gladiators
Finals MVPGeorge LaFrance, DET
AFL seasons

The 1989 Arena Football League season was the third season of the Arena Football League (AFL). The league champions were the Detroit Drive, who defeated the Pittsburgh Gladiators in ArenaBowl III.

Standings[edit]

1989 Arena Football League standings
Team W L T PCT PF PA PF (Avg.) PA (Avg.) STK
xy-Detroit Drive 3 1 0 .750 154 84 38.5 21 W 1
x-Pittsburgh Gladiators 3 1 0 .750 159 147 39.75 36.75 W 1
x-Denver Dynamite 3 1 0 .750 94 97 23.5 24.25 W 2
x-Chicago Bruisers 1 3 0 .250 167 155 41.75 38.75 L 1
Maryland Commandos 0 4 0 .000 79 170 19.75 42.5 L 4

y – clinched regular-season title

x – clinched playoff spot

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals ArenaBowl III
      
1 Detroit 43
4 Chicago 10
1 Detroit 39
2 Pittsburgh 26
2 Pittsburgh 39
3 Denver 37

Milestones[edit]

On July 21, the Denver Dynamite defeated the Detroit Drive, 15–14, for what is the lowest scoring game in league history.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Regular season awards[edit]

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player George LaFrance Wide Receiver/Defensive Back Detroit Drive
Ironman of the Year Dwayne Dixon Wide Receiver/Defensive Back Chicago Bruisers
Coach of the Year Babe Parilli Head coach Denver Dynamite

All-Arena team[edit]

Position First team
Quarterback Willie Totten, Pittsburgh
Fullback/Linebacker Lynn Bradford, Detroit
Wide receiver/Defensive back George LaFrance, Detroit
Carl Aikens, Chicago
Alvin Williams, Pittsburgh
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Quinton Knight, Denver
Charles Harris, Maryland
Reggie Mathis, Detroit
Kicker Gary Gussman, Denver

Team notes[edit]

# of Teams Expansion Teams Folded Teams Suspended Teams Teams returning from previous season Teams returning after hiatus Relocated Teams Name Changes
5 Los Angeles Cobras
New England Steamrollers
New York Knights
Chicago Bruisers
Pittsburgh Gladiators
Detroit Drive
Denver Dynamite
Maryland Commandos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drive dynamited by Denver". Ludington Daily News. July 22, 1989. Retrieved February 15, 2013.