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1997 Arena Football League season
LeagueArena Football League
SportArena football
DurationMay 1, 1997 – August 25, 1997
ArenaBowl XI
ChampionsArizona Rattlers
  Runners-upIowa Barnstormers
Finals MVPDonnie Davis, ARZ
AFL seasons

The 1997 Arena Football League season was the 11th season of the Arena Football League. It was succeeded by 1998. The league champions were the Arizona Rattlers, who defeated the Iowa Barnstormers in ArenaBowl XI.

Standings

Team Overall Division
Wins Losses Percentage Wins Losses Percentage
National Conference
Eastern Division
Nashville Kats 10 4 0.714 5 1 0.833
New Jersey Red Dogs 9 5 0.643 4 2 0.667
Albany Firebirds 6 8 0.429 2 4 0.333
New York CityHawks 2 12 0.143 1 5 0.167
Southern Division
Orlando Predators 10 4 0.714 4 0 1.000
Tampa Bay Storm 8 6 0.571 2 2 0.500
Florida Bobcats 4 10 0.286 0 4 0.000
American Conference
Central Division
Iowa Barnstormers 11 3 0.786 6 0 1.000
Milwaukee Mustangs 8 6 0.571 3 3 0.500
Texas Terror 6 8 0.429 2 4 0.333
Portland Forest Dragons 2 12 0.143 1 5 0.167
Western Division
Arizona Rattlers 12 2 0.857 4 0 1.000
San Jose SaberCats 8 6 0.571 2 2 0.500
Anaheim Piranhas 2 12 0.143 0 4 0.000

Playoffs

Quarterfinals Semifinals ArenaBowl XI
         
1 Arizona 46
8 Milwaukee 29
1 Arizona (OT) 49
6 Tampa Bay 46
3 Nashville 49
6 Tampa Bay 52
1 Arizona 55
2 Iowa 33
2 Iowa 68
7 San Jose 59
2 Iowa 52
4 Orlando 34
4 Orlando 45
5 New Jersey 37

All-Arena team

Position First team Second team
Quarterback Kurt Warner, Iowa Sherdrick Bonner, Arizona
Fullback/Linebacker Chad Dukes, Albany Paul McGowan, Orlando
Wide receiver/Defensive back Barry Wagner, Orlando
Randy Gatewood, Arizona
Alvin Ashley, New Jersey
Carlos James, Iowa
Wide receiver/Linebacker Cory Fleming, Nashville Hunkie Cooper, Arizona
Offensive specialist Calvin Schexnayder, Arizona Lamart Cooper, Iowa
Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Carlos Fowler, Texas
James Baron, Nashville
Willie Wyatt, Tampa Bay
Al Noga, San Jose
Victor Hall, Orlando
Robert Stewart, New Jersey
Defensive specialist Tracey Perkins, Tampa Bay
Chris Barber, Orlando
Rodney Mazion, Anaheim
Jamie Coleman, Nashville
Kicker Steve Videtich, New Jersey Daron Alcorn, Portland