2003: So it Begins!

The Cincinnati Dragons won the first ever league championship in 2003 by defeating the Orlando Desperados 224-217 in an instant classic.  LaDainian Tomlinson, Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss and company had just set a dynasty in motion.

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 04:  Kevin Swayne #3 of the New York Dragons is tackled by Jermaine Jones #7 of the Dallas Desperados during their Arena Football League game on March 4, 2007 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.   (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Swayne;Jermaine Jones

XFFL Champions – The Cincinnati Dragons

XFFL Playoffs
First Round :
Cincinnati Dragons – 177 vs. Phoenix FireBirds – 137
Orlando Desperados – 267 vs. Kansas City WildCats – 188

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Championship Game :
Cincinnati Dragons – 224 vs. Orlando Desperados – 217

Final 2003 Regular Season XFFL Standings

Teams Record Total Points
*Cincinnati Dragons 12 – 2 – 0 2758
*Orlando Desperados 10 – 4 – 0 2663
*Kansas City WildCats 6 – 7 – 1 2321
*Phoenix FireBirds 5 – 9 – 0 2128
Sacramento Species 4 – 9 – 1 2175
Miami Fire 4 – 10 – 0 2370

XFFL Awards
Most Valuable Player : Priest Holmes – Orlando
Least Valuable Player : Rich Gannon – Cincinnati, Orlando, Miami, Free Agency
Rookie of the Year : Anquan Boldin – Orlando  

XFFL Bests of the Year
Team
Most Points Scored in a Game : Orlando Desperados – 267 vs. Kansas City WildCats
Least Points Scored in a Game : Kansas City WildCats – 99 vs. Cincinnati Dragons
Biggest Victory : Cincinnati Dragons – 251 vs. Kansas City WildCats – 99

Individual
Most Points Scored in a Game : Clinton Portis – 54 – Orlando Desperados
Least Points Scored in a Game : Tom Brady – -4 – Phoenix FireBirds
Most Points Scored by a Rookie in a Game : Anquan Boldin – 31 – Orlando Desperados

All – XFFL Team
QB – Peyton Manning – Miami Fire
QB – Daunte Culpepper – Cincinnati Dragons
QB – Matt Hasselbeck – Miami Fire
RB – Priest Holmes – Orlando Desperados
RB – LaDainian Tomlinson – Cincinnati Dragons
RB – Ahman Green – Phoenix FireBirds
WR – Randy Moss – Cincinnati Dragons
WR – Torry Holt – Cincinnati Dragons
WR – Chad Johnson – Cincinnati Dragons
WR – Hines Ward – Miami Fire
WR – Marvin Harrison – Miami Fire
TE – Tony Gonzalez – Miami Fire
TE – Shannon Sharpe – Sacramento Species
K – Jeff Wilkins – Kansas City WildCats
K – Mike Vanderjagt – Cincinnati Dragons
DEF – New England Patriots – Kansas City WildCats
DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Cincinnati Dragons
Owner – Nick Ernst – Cincinnati Dragons

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2003 Rookie Draft
1st – Phoenix – Charles Rogers
2nd – Sacramento – Larry Johnson
3rd – Orlando – Dallas Clark
4th – Cincinnati – Andre Johnson
5th – Miami – Byron Leftwich
6th – Kansas City – Teyo Johnson
7th – Phoenix – Willis McGahee
8th – Sacramento – Tyrone Calico
9th – Cincinnati – Carson Palmer
10th – Orlando – Onterrio Smith
11th – Miami – Bryant Johnson
12th – Kansas City – Quentin Griffin

Team History

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Future Pro-Bowler James Harrison was merely a solid backup in his early days with the Miami Fire.  After just one season Andrew Lundt rebranded the Fire into the Miami Soul in 2004.

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