1997 NAFL season (Jayverse)

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The 1997 NAFL season was the 78th regular season of the North Amerrican Football League.

The Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both changed their uniforms, and the new uniforms for both teams were introduced during this season.

Top Draft Choices

Quebec City Voyagers draft Pat Williams (DT)

Saskatchewan Roughriders draft Ben Fairbrother (G)

Los Angeles Rams draft Orlando Pace (T)

New Orleans Saints draft Chris Naeole (G)

New York Jets draft James Farrior (LB)

Winnipeg Bombers draft Chris Szarrka (FB)

Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks draft Tony Gonzalez (TE)

San Francisco 49ers draft Jim Druckenmiller (QB)

Houston Oilers draft Sam Madison (CB)

Edmonton Elks draft Ian Franklin (CB)

Nashville Titans draft Kenny Holmes (DE)

Charlotte Panthers draft Rae Carruth (WR)

Philadelphia Eagles draft Jon Harris (DE)

Orlando Wizards draft Peter Boulware (LB)

Arizona Firebirds draft Tom Knight (CB)

Central Valley Coyotes draft Jason Taylor (DE)

St. Louis Stallions draft Ross Verba (T)

Seattle Orcas draft Walter Jones (T)

Reno Aces draft Priest Holmes (RB)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Chad Scott (SS)

Detroit Lions draft Bryant Westbrook (FS)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Trevor Pryce (DT)

Buffalo Bills draft Antowain Smith (RB)

Boston Patriots draft Chris Canty (SS)

Minnesota Vikings draft Dwayne Rudd (LB)

Chicago Bears draft John Allred (TE)

New Mexico Rattlers draft Tiki Barber (RB)

Calgary Stampeders draft Doug Brown (DT)

Miami Dolphins draft Yatil Green (WR)

Washington Sentinels draft Kenard Lang (DE)

Jacksonville Sharks draft Renaldo Wynn (DE)

Salt Lake City Pioneers draft Bret Anderson (WR)

Atlanta Falcons draft Michael Booker (CB)

Indianapolis Racers draft Tarik Glenn (T)

Kansas City Colts draft Kevin Lockett (WR)

Hamilton Tiger-Cats draft Tim Prinsen (G)

Memphis Steamers draft Darren Sharper (FS)

Vancouver Lumberjacks draft Kelly Lochbaum (LB)

Baltimore Ravens draft Jamie Sharper (LB)

Toronto Huskies draft Chad Folk (C)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft Reidel Anthony (WR)

Broolyn Barons draft Ronde Barber (FS)

New York Giants draft Ike Hillard (WR)

Oakland Invaders draft Darrell Russell (DT)

Dallas Texans draft David LaFleur (TE)

Montreal Alouettes draft Steve Charbonneau (DE)

San Diego Destroyers draft Freddie Jones (TE)

Green Bay Packers draft Brett Conway (K)

Cincinnati Chargers draft Reinard Wilson (LB)

Saskatchewan Roughriders draft Dan Comiskey (G)

New Orleans Saints draft Keith Mitchell (LB)

Houston Oilers draft Jake Plummer (QB)

Nashville Titans draft Derrick Mason (WR)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Mike Vrabel (LB)

Buffalo Bills draft Marcellus Wiley (DE)

Southern California Sun draft Sammy Knight (SS)

Salt Lake City Pioneers draft Chad Lewis (TE)

Atlanta Falcons draft David Akers (K)

Dallas Texans draft Dexter Coakley (LB)

Cincinnati Chargers draft Corey Dillon (RB)

San Jose Surge draft Bertrand Berry (DE)

Standings

NFC East: Toronto Huskies (25-5), Baltimore Ravens (19-11), New York Giants (19-11), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (17-13), Montreal Alouettes (16-14), Jacksonville Sharks (14-16), Quebec City Voyageurs (14-16), Hartford Breakers (14-16), Charlotte Panthers (14-16), Washington Sentinels (12-18), Philadelphia Eagles (11-19)

NFC Central: Mexico City Diablos (21-9), St. Louis Stallions (21-9), Detroit Lions (16-14), Dallas Texans (15-15), Nashville Titans (14-16), Austin Armadillos (14-16), Indianapolis Racers (12-18), Kansas City Colts (12-18), Green Bay Packers (12-18), New Orleans Saints (11-19), Chicago Bears (11-19)

NFC West: Las Vegas Gamblers (25-5), Los Angeles Rams (22-8), Sacramento Condors (21-9), Seattle Orcas (18-12), Portland Storm (16-14), Edmonton Elks (16-14), Calgary Stampeders (15-15), Denver Broncos (15-15), Arizona Firebirds (10-20), Vancouver Lumberjacks (9-21), San Francisco 49ers (4-26)

AFC East: Orlando Wizards (20-10), Buffalo Bills (20-10), Ottawa Canadians (16-14), Atlanta Falcons (14-16), Boston Patriots (14-16), Brooklyn Barons (13-17), Halifax Schooners (13-17), Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks (13-17), New York Jets (13-17), Miami Dolphins (12-18), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (11-19)

AFC Central: Memphis Steamers (24-6), Cleveland Browns (21-9), Pittsburgh Steelers (17-13), Oklahoma City Outlaws (16-14), Houston Oilers (16-14), San Antonio Dreadnoughts (15-15), Cincinnati Chargers (15-15), Minnesota Vikings (15-15), Birmingham Vulcans (10-20), Winnipeg Bombers (8-22), Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-23)

AFC West: Salt Lake City Pioneers (20-10), Tucson Wranglers (18-12), San Diego Destroyers (17-13), Reno Aces (16-14), Oakland Invaders (16-14), Honolulu Raiders (16-14), Southern California Sun (15-15), Central Valley Coyotes (13-17), Spokane Shock (13-17), San Jose Surge (9-21), New Mexico Rattlers (9-21)

Playoffs

AFC Semi-Final: Memphis def. Salt Lake City 27-10, Cleveland def. Orlando 24-20

NFC Semi-Final: Mexico City def. Las Vegas 37-27, Toronto def. Los Angeles 20-14

AFC Championship: Cleveland def. Memphis 38-33

NFC Championship: Toronto def. Mexico City 38-28

Super Bowl XXXII (at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CA): Toronto def. Cleveland 31-24

Pro Bowl (at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC): AFC def. NFC 34-7

League Leaders

Passing Yards - August Winkler (Montreal) 9,393

Passing TD's - August Winkler (Montreal) 77

Passing Rating - Grover Stern (Cincinnati) 106.7

Rushing Yards - Anthony Zamora (Washington) 2,774

Receiving Yards - Henry Williams (Denver) 3,391

Total Points - John Patrick (Memphis) 272

Tackles - Thomas Tapp (Nashville) 228

Sacks - Patrick White (Seattle) 29

Interceptions - David Robinson (New Mexico) 14