1971 NAFL season (Jayverse)

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The 1971 NAFL Season was the 52nd regular season of the North American Football League

Draft

The 1971 NAFL Rookie Draft took place saw the Boston Patriots getting QB Jim Plunkett from Stanford as their top pick.

Other Selections in the Draft

Los Angeles Rams draft Isiah Robertson (LB)

Oakland Raiders draft Jack Tatum (SS)

Denver Broncos draft Marv Montgomery (T)

Philadelphia Eagles draft Richard Harris (DE)

Brooklyn Barons draft Jack Ham (LB)

Cleveland Browns draft Clarence Scott (SS)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Frank Lewis (WR)

Minnesota Vikings draft Leo Hayden (RB)

Washington Capitals draft Ken Anderson (QB)

Indianapolis Racers draft Jack Youngblood (DE)

Atlanta Falcons draft Joe Profit (RB)

New Orleans Saints draft Archie Manning (QB)

Kansas City King draft Elmo Wright (WR)

Los Angeles Chargers draft Leon Burns (RB)

Baltimore Colts draft Lenny Dunlap (CB)

Buffalo Bills draft JD Hill (WR)

Houston Oilers draft Dan Pastorini (QB)

Detroit Lions draft Bob Bell (DT)

Chicago Bears draft Joe Moore (RB)

Dallas Texans draft Tody Smith (DE)

San Diego Destroyers draft Mike Montgomery (RB)

New York Giants draft Rocky Thompson (RB)

Miami Dolphins draft Otto Stowe (WR)

San Francisco 49ers draft George Wells (DE)

New York Jets draft John Riggins (RB)

St. Louis Gunners draft Norm Thompson (CB)

Calgary Stampeders draft James Bond (DT)

Green Bay Packers draft John Brockington (RB)

Ottawa Canadians draft Joe Theismann (QB)

Boston Patriots draft Julius Adams (DE)

Oakland Raiders draft Phil Villapiano (LB)

Denver Broncos draft Lyle Alzado (DE)

Philadelphia Eagles draft Harold Carmichael (WR)

Cleveland Browns draft Doug Dieken (T)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Dwight White (DE)

Minnesota Vikings draft Dan Dierdorf (T)

Kentucky Bourbons draft Bill Manchuk (CB)

Montreal Beavers draft Tony Proudfoot (CB)

Buffalo Bills draft Tony Greene (CB)

Houston Oilers draft Lynn Dickey (QB)

Dallas Cowboys draft Ron Jessie (WR)

Miami Dolphins draft Vern Den Herder (DE)

St. Louis Gunners draft Mel Gray (WR)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Larry Brown (T)

Minnesota Vikings draft Jim Clack (C)

Buffalo Bills draft Leon McQuay (RB)

Dallas Texans draft Toni Fritsch (K)

Los Angeles Rams draft Dave Elmendorf (FS)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Mike Wagner (FS)

Houston Oilers draft Glen Edwards (FS)

Chicago Bears draft Pete Wysocki (LB)

Final Standings

NFC North: Chicago Bears (11-7), Green Bay Packers (10-8), Indianapolis Racerrs (10-8), Detroit Lions (9-9), St. Louis Gunners (6-12)

NFC South: Jacksonville Sharks (9-9), Dallas Texans (9-9), Kentucky Bourbons (9-9), New Orleans Saints (8-10), Baltimore Colts (6-12)

NFC East: New York Giants (13-5), Toronto Huskies (11-7), Philadelphia Eagles (8-10), Montreal Beavers (8-10), Washington Capitals (7-11)

NFC West: Denver Broncos (12-6), Los Angeles Rams (8-10), Portland Storm (8-10), San Francisco 49ers (6-12), Seattle Orcas (5-13)

AFC North: Cleveland Browns (10-8), Edmonton Elks (10-8), Minnesota Vikings (8-10), Pittsbugh Steelers (8-10), Calgary Stampeders (7-11)

AFC South: Atlanta Falcons (13-5), Birmingham Barons (10-8), Memphis Steamer (8-10), Miami Dolphins (8-10), Houston Oilers (8-10)

AFC East: New York Jets (15-3), Ottawa Canadians (9-9), Buffalo Bills (7-11), Boston Patriots (6-12), Brooklyn Barons (5-13)

AFC West: Los Angeles Chargers (14-4), San Diego Destroyers (11-7), Kansas City Kings (11-7), Vancouver Lumberjacks (9-9), Oakland Raiders (9-9)

Playoffs

AFC Wildcard: Atlanta def. Kansas City 21-14, Cleveland def. San Diego 27-24

NFC Wildcard: Chicago def. Green Bay 37-14, Toronto def. Jacksonville 38-27

AFC Divisional: Atlanta def. LA Chargers 41-10, Cleveland def. NY Jets 38-7

NFC Divisional: Denver def. Chicago 31-17, Toronto def. NY Giants 28-6

AFC Championship: Atlanta def. Cleveland 40-7

NFC Championship: Toronto def. Denver 30-14

Super Bowl VI (at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, LA): Atlanta def. Toronto 34-12

NAFL All-Star Game (at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA): NFC def. AFC 35-16

League Leaders

Passing Yards - Augustus Stoddard (LA Chargers) 5,257

Passing TD's - Augustus Stoddard (LA Chargers) 51

Passing Rating - Augustus Stoddard (LA Chargers) 119.6

Rushing Yards - Ernie Davis (Vancouver) 1,641

Receiving Yards - Rudolph Moseley (St. Louis) 2,103

Total Points - Keith Francis (Atlanta) 163

Tackles - Steve Layne (Houston) 155

Sacks - Victor Richards (Calgary) 22

Interceptions - Stephen Smithson (Atlanta) 11