AFL’S INSIDE THE NUMBERS: ARENABOWL XXIX

Soul, Rattlers Ready For Super Showdown

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Orlando Predators at Arizona Rattlers July 18, 2016 (Matt Hinshaw/Arizona Rattlers)

GLENDALE, AZ (August 24, 2016) – Season No. 29 in the history of the Arena Football League is just days from wrapping up.  Before the ball kicks off in ArenaBowl XXIX between the Philadelphia Soul and Arizona Rattlers, check out some of these stats you should know about the big game.

 

1: The number representing the seed of both the Soul and Rattlers.  This is only the fourth time in AFL history that both the regular season winners of the National Conference and the American Conference have met in the ArenaBowl.  Arizona won the last of those examples when it beat Cleveland in ArenaBowl XXVII.

 

2: The number of players who have ever won an ArenaBowl on the Philadelphia roster.  Richard Clebert captured a ring with Spokane in 2010, while Darius Reynolds was an ArenaBowl winner last year with San Jose.

 

2: The number of head coaches who have won more than three ArenaBowls.  Kevin Guy is in search of his fourth championships this week, and if he gets it, he’ll join Darren Arbet (4) and Tim Marcum (7) as the only men with at least four titles as head coaches.

 

3: The number of championships which Nick Davila, Arkeith Brown, Tyre Glasper and Rod Windsor all have.  The injured Anttaj Hawthorne and Cliff Dukes won’t be playing in the ArenaBowl, but they are also looking for their fourth championships with the Rattlers.

 

4: The number of championship rings which Maurice Purify has won in a row.  Purify won ArenaBowls XXV, XXVI and XXVII with Arizona and ArenaBowl XXVIII last year with San Jose.  He’s already the first man to win the championship in four consecutive years, and if the Rattlers win the ArenaBowl, he’ll tie Omarr Smith for the most ArenaBowl championships as a player in AFL history with five.

 

5: The number of ArenaBowls which Nick Davila will be starting at quarterback for once ArenaBowl XXIX kicks off.  No quarterback has ever started five ArenaBowls in a career before, and only one, Jay Gruden has won four times.  Davila can claim his fourth ring on Friday.

 

9: The number of receiving touchdowns which Maurice Purify has in his career in the ArenaBowl, one shy of the record held by George LaFrance and Stevie Thomas.  The record for total touchdowns scored in the ArenaBowl in a career is held by LaFrance at 12, while LaFrance also holds the record for points scored in the ArenaBowl all-time with 74.  Purify is a good bet to at least catch LaFrance and Thomas for the most receiving TDs in ArenaBowl history in this game, but don’t forget that his teammate, Rod Windsor isn’t far behind him with five touchdowns in his ArenaBowl career.

 

12: The number of times a home team has won the ArenaBowl.  This game isn’t being played at Talking Stick Resort Arena as the Rattlers are accustomed to, but playing in Glendale certainly isn’t anything like a neutral site game either.  Arizona has hosted three times before, going just 1-2 in those games.  The last time the Rattlers hoisted the Foster Trophy on their home turf was back in 1997 in ArenaBowl XI.

 

13: The number of turnovers which the Rattlers have forced in the postseason, a mark which is already a record for the most ever in a single playoffs by any team.

 

25: The number of interceptions which the Philadelphia secondary forced this season to lead the AFL.  Tracy Belton led the League in picks with nine en route to winning Uber Defensive Back of the Year honors.

 

31: The number of touchdown passes which Nick Davila has in his career in the ArenaBowl, easily the most any man has ever thrown.  The next closest is Mark Grieb, and he only had 20 TDs in his illustrious career.  Davila also holds the records for the most completions (87) and most passing yards (1,156) ever in the ArenaBowl, and with 21 pass attempts, he’ll surpass Sherdrick Bonner (143) for the most in a career in the championship game.

 

73: The number of points that Jacksonville scored in ArenaBowl XXIV against Arizona.  It was the most points ever scored by a team in an ArenaBowl.  The Rattlers have scored 82 and 84 in their first two playoff games, and if they come up with something similar against Philadelphia, they’ll own records for the most points ever scored in an ArenaBowl and most points scored in a single postseason in League history.

 

128.1: The number of points per game Arizona and Philadelphia combined to average this season.  The Rattlers and Soul were No. 1 and No. 2 in the League respectively in scoring.

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