2007 Was Record Setting Season
June 29, 2007 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release
NEW YORK - The 2007 AFL regular season saw some of the League's most heralded and longstanding records fall including career rushing yards, single-season passing touchdowns and single-game receiving touchdowns.
Following are the major League and team records broken during the 2007 regular season:
800 CLUB: On April 16, Dallas Desperados QB CLINT DOLEZEL became the first player to throw for 800 career passing touchdowns. Over the course of the season Arizona Rattlers QB SHERDRICK BONNER, New Orleans VooDoo QB ANDY KELLY, and New York Dragons QB AARON GARCIA joined him in this elite group.
CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Clint Dolezel 864
Sherdrick Bonner 829
Andy Kelly 809
Aaron Garcia 802
40,000 YARDS: New Orleans QB ANDY KELLY became the first player in AFL history to throw for 40,000 career yards. Dallas QB CLINT DOLEZEL and Arizona Rattlers QB SHERDRICK BONNER soon followed and are the only three players in AFL history who have reached the 40,000-yard milestone.
CAREER PASSING YDs
Andy Kelly 42,528
Clint Dolezel 41,528
Sherdrick Bonner 40,979
Aaron Garcia 37,853
John Kaleo 35,244
11,000 AND COUNTING: Colorado Crush WR DAMIAN HARRELL and Georgia Force WR CHRIS JACKSON became the third and fourth players in AFL history to reach 11,000 receiving yards. Harrell and Jackson also became the first pair of players to accomplish the mark in the same season.
BO RUNS: Arizona Rattlers FB BO KELLY became the all-time leading rusher in AFL history with his 18-yard performance in Week 3 versus the Colorado Crush, becoming the first player to reach the 1,500-yard milestone in the process.
CAREER RUSHING YDs
Bo Kelly 1,571
Bob McMillen 1,508
Les Barley 1,382
Chad Dukes 1,271
Andre Bowden 1,241
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900 TAKE DOWNS: Austin Wranglers DB DAMON MASON became the first player in AFL history to register 900 career tackles with 5.5 tackles against Georgia in a Week 15 matchup. He ended his season with 912.
COACHING MILESTONES: Utah's DANNY WHITE joined Tampa Bay's TIM MARCUM as only the second coach to reach 150 career victories. Colorado's MIKE DAILEY and San Jose's DARREN ARBET became the fourth and fifth coaches to reach 100 victories. Georgia's DOUG PLANK became the first head coach to earn 31 victories in his first three regular seasons, finishing with 33.
TOUCHDOWN PASSES: Georgia Force QB CHRIS GREISEN recorded eight touchdown passes in a Week 16 victory against the Orlando Predators, bringing his regular-season total to 111, breaking the mark of 105 set in 2006 by Dallas Desperados QB CLINT DOLEZEL. Greisen finished the season with 117.
Dolezel became the first player in professional football history to have consecutive seasons with at least 100 touchdown passes as he and Utah Blaze QB JOE GERMAINE each finished the season with 107 touchdown passes. San Jose QB MARK GRIEB completed 100 touchdown passes, marking the first time that four quarterbacks crossed the 100 touchdown plateau.
PASSING YARDS: Utah Blaze QB JOE GERMAINE (5,005) and Georgia Force QB CHRIS GREISEN (4,851) each eclipsed the record for passing yards in a single-season (4,841), which was set by Grieb in 2006.
BURLEY BLAZING A TRAIL: Utah Blaze WR SIAHA BURLEY broke the single-season records for receptions (166) and yards (2,129) on his way to becoming the first player in AFL history to amass more than 2,000 yards in a season.
BIG GAME BOB: Chicago Rush WR BOBBY SIPPIO set the single-season record for games with five-or-more touchdowns with seven.
BATTERING RAM: Nashville Kats FB DAN ALEXANDER set single-season records with 165 attempts and 41 rushing touchdowns, shattering the previous record of 26.
TACKLES: Colorado Crush DB RASHAD FLOYD (156.0) broke the single-season total tackles record he set in 2006 (136.5) after recording seven tackles in a Week 14 loss to Utah. Floyd holds four of the top five single-seasons tackle spots on the list.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Chicago Rush WR/LB DEJUAN ALFONZO set the single-season record for defensive touchdowns in a season with five.
SACK MASTER: Orlando Predators DL GREG WHITE broke the all-time single-season sack and tackles for loss records of 13.5, each set by Silas Demary in 2005. White ended his season with 15.0 sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss.
BALL HAWK: Nashville Kats DB AHMAD HAWKINS tied the AFL single-season record for interceptions with 13.
RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE: San Jose K A.J. HAGLUND set the single-season record for PATs attempted (138) and converted (128), eclipsing the record of 117 set by CARLOS MARTINEZ (117-of-130) in 2006.
ALMOST PERFECT: The Dallas Desperados set the AFL record for most wins in a season with 15, breaking the record of 13, which Dallas tied in 2006.
SCORING MACHINE: The Dallas Desperados (1,016), Georgia Force (1,007) and San Jose SaberCats (1,012) became the first teams in AFL history to score at least 1,000 points in a season, besting the previous record of 960 points by San Jose in 2003.
60+: The San Jose SaberCats became the first team in AFL history to score 60-or-more points 11 times during a season, besting the previous record of 10, most recently tied by the Georgia Force in 2007.
TOTAL OFFENSE: The Georgia Force broke the single-season record of total yards with 5,176, eclipsing the previous record of 5,151 set by San Jose in 2006. Utah set a single-season passing record with 5,035 yards, outpacing its own record of 4,877 set in 2006.
FIRST & 10: The New Orleans VooDoo set the single-season record for first downs in a season with 375, breaking the mark of 361 set by Dallas in 2003.
BIG TIME SHOWDOWN: On June 9, the Dallas Desperados defeated the New Orleans VooDoo, 80-79, for the fifth-highest scoring game in AFL history. The game also served as the first time two quarterbacks accounted for 11 touchdowns each. Dallas QB CLINT DOLEZEL tied the single-game record with 11 touchdowns passes while New Orleans QB STEVE BELLISARI threw nine touchdowns and ran for two more.
BREAK OUT GAME: Las Vegas Gladiators WR KEVIN PRENTISS tied the single-game record for touchdowns with nine in a Week 2, 79-69, victory over Grand Rapids.
LOCKED IN: New Orleans QB ANDY KELLY set the single-game record for completions with 42 against the Georgia Force on April 27, breaking the previous record of 38 tied most recently by SHANE STAFFORD in 2006. Kelly's main target was WR KENNY HENDERSON, who tied the single-game record by hauling in 19 of Kelly's 42 completions.
ARIZONA RECORDS: QB SHERDRICK BONNER set a new single-season team record for passing yards (4,036), breaking his old record set in 2006 (3,991). The Rattlers set the record for most points scored in a game (83) at Utah on April 20. WR/DB RANDY GATEWOOD became all-time receiving yards leader with 8,999.
CHICAGO RECORDS: The Rush set team highs for wins (12), points scored (869), and fewest points per game allowed (44.9). QB MATT D'ORAZIO set team highs in completions (351), passing yards (3,789), and touchdowns (82). Chicago's defense had a record 44 takeaways and DB DENNISON ROBINSON set a new team record with 102 tackles. K DAN FRANTZ set new marks in extra-points (104) and field goals (10).
COLORADO RECORDS: QB JOHN DUTTON set a new team record in pass completions (402) for the fifth straight season. The Crush defense set a new record in interceptions (20).
GEORGIA RECORDS: QB CHRIS GREISEN set single-game records for completions (34), passing yards (388), and touchdowns (10). He set single-season records for completions (392) and passing yards (4,851). WR CHRIS JACKSON broke his own single-season records set in 2006 in receiving touchdowns (47), receptions (145) and receiving yards (1,915). LB UMAR MUHAMMAD set a new team high in sacks (8.0), as the defense set a new high in total sacks (29).
GRAND RAPIDS RECORDS: FB CHRIS RYAN set a team-record with 20 rushing touchdowns and DB CHUCK WESLEY set a new record in tackles (88.0). WR/DB TIMON MARSHALL set new records in kickoff returns (83), and kickoff return yards (1,901).
NASHVILLE RECORDS: The Kats set team records in points (851), rushing touchdowns (46), total yards (4,431) and first downs (331). WR KENNY HIGGINS set a new mark in receiving yards (1,440) and receptions for a rookie (95).
NEW ORLEANS RECORDS: The VooDoo set a scoring record for most points in a game with 79 against Dallas on June 9. WR KENNY HENDERSON set a new single-season record in receiving yards (895). Henderson set team-highs for rookies in scoring (120 points.), touchdowns (20), receptions (75), and all-purpose-yards (1,431). New Orleans set new marks in a season in passing yards (4,867) and interceptions (21).
ORLANDO RECORDS: QB SHANE STAFFORD set team records in completions (369), passing yards (4,289) and touchdown passes (76). K JAY TAYLOR set the team record for extra points (101). DB LIN-J SHELL set a new mark in single-season tackles (110.5).
SAN JOSE RECORDS: QB MARK GRIEB set new team highs in completions (398) and touchdown passes (100). WR JAMES ROE set new receiving records in receptions (127), yards (1,560) and touchdowns (40). RON JONES set a new record for tackles for loss (9.5) and OMARR SMITH set a team record with 87.5 tackles. K A.J. HAGLUND set a new mark in kicking points (158).
TAMPA BAY RECORDS: QB BRETT DIETZ set a new team record for passer rating (119.3). FB/LB TORRANCE MARSHALL broke the team record for rushing touchdowns in a season (17), helping the team set a new rushing touchdowns record with 32. The Storm also had three receivers with more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season for the first time with TERRIL SHAW (1,411), LAWRENCE SAMUELS (1,143) and T.T. TOLIVER (1,193).
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