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Top 25 Arena Football League Uniforms of All Time

By Richard Martin

Arena Football League uniforms have been interesting over the years to say the least. There was the Zubaz phase and the Russell Athletic phase where every uniform looked basically the same.

But there have been some very unique and interesting uniforms over the course of the past 31 years of the AFL. The following are my favorite AFL uniforms of all time.

#25 Los Angeles Cobras

Starting off the list is a simple uniform, but it’s very effective. The logo is very well done as the Cobra slithers around the L and the A. The three stripes on the sleeves have been done in almost every football league, but navy and gold is always a good look.

#24 Orlando Predators Scratch Numbers

The Predators have always had good uniforms. One of their best has to be the scratch numbers look. Add in their always excellent logo on the sleeves, and this is a very nice uniform.

#23 Toronto Phantoms

This is always the team that gets brought up when talking about strange pro sport team names. Phantoms is an interesting mascot choice, and the logo is just as interesting. While a simple uniform, the helmet with the skull on the front is a unique look.

#22 LA KISS

Yes these are crazy uniforms but I don’t care, these are awesome. So much fire. Yes the team wasn’t very good but like the band KISS, they were a look you couldn’t turn away from.

#21 Minnesota Fighting Pike

I remember unlocking this team on the Arena Football Video game for the XBOX and it threw me off. My middle school mind had no idea what a pike was, but it was intimidating. The rest of the jersey is standard fair, but the sleeve stripes look nice. But this logo is one of the most unique in not just the AFL but in all of sports.

#20 Miami Hooters

A team named after the popular wing bar seems strange but they didn’t have a bad look. The helmet incorporates the old AFL logo and the Hooters logo perfectly, and the hidden owl on the sleeve is a nice touch. Everything else is kind of basic, but the logo does turn heads and maybe it did help sell some wings.

#19 Denver Dynamite

The Dynamite had an interesting color set. Going with a red logo but blue and gold jerseys is different to say the least. The uniform is pretty basic but the helmet pops with the banging bright red dynamite logo and gold and blue stripes. An interesting uniform that while doing a little actually does a lot.

#18 Detroit Drive

Powder blue always looks good. The Drive also have a simple but eye catching logo with the orange and blue star. Triple stripes again, but the orange and white pop off the powder blue. A great look that still holds up today.

#17 Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings

To be honest, I mostly just put this one on here because of the logo and the name. Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings is a mouthful, but a unique mascot. The bright silver helmets are nice, even though the jerseys are very copy and paste from the Russell Athletic days of the AFL, but the colors make it bearable.

#16 San Antonio Talons

The Talons had a very basic uniform but it looked very nice. The bright blue logo popped off the matte helmet for a great look. The unique pants stripes and Alamo type font looked very nice and gave the Talons a great look.

#15 Georgia Force

The Georgia Force always had unique uniforms. Incorporating the lightning on the sleeves was very nice, and the blue always popped with the black. The Force always looked nice and it’d be nice to see the Force come back soon.

#14 Utah Blaze

The Blaze may have had a standard Russel Athletic uniform, but the orange and black really popped. Add in the matte black helmet with the brightly orange outlined logo and you have a very nice uniform.

#13 Indiana Firebirds

It was kind of disappointing when the Albany Empire did not choose to return as the Firebirds. The Firebirds logo was cartoonish but was very fun. The jersey is par for the course around this time but the bright orange and black looked very good together, as did the red on the helmet logo.

#12 Grand Rapids Rampage

Speaking of unique logos, the Rampage had an interesting one. Not many teams use a rhino as a mascot, so this set stood out from the start. The red, black and silver also looked very nice together, and the different colored numbers were very different. Some have petitioned for the Rampage to return to the AFL, and they wouldn’t go wrong using this uniform set.

#11 San Jose SaberCats

Another copy and paste Russell Athletic jersey, but the SaberCats always had a cool logo. The giant SaberCat on the helmet is intimidating, and the font on the jersey is unique. While the jersey and pants may not be anything interesting, it’s a solid uniform that stood out from others around this time.

#10 New York Dragons

Dragons is an amazing mascot. So many possibilities and the New York Dragons utilized them all. The bright red helmet and numbers pop with the yellow outline and names. Plus the fire with the small dragon on the sleeves is a nice little detail.

#9 Houston ThunderBears

The ThunderBears were the Georgia Force first, in the fact that they used lighting very frequently on their uniforms. They look very nice but do sort of remind me of a Gatorade logo. The helmet logo with the bear claw palming the football is very nice.

#8 Columbus Destroyers

The Destroyers are back. I’m slightly disappointed that the new franchise has decided to go with black and silver, because the red, white and blue were fantastic. The all whites were the best. The red and blue popped on the numbers, and the stripes stood out well from the pants and helmet. Hopefully the 2019 Destroyers do a nice jersey close to this, but it’ll be hard to top.

#7 Oklahoma Wranglers

I thought about putting the Austin Wranglers here, but the Oklahoma version looked a lot more interesting. A solid logo that not only looked like an O and a W, but a rope “wrangling” the W. The horse down the side of the pants is nice, and the jersey numbers are unique.

#6 and #5 New Orleans Night and Tampa Bay Storm Zubaz

I don’t care what people say, the zubaz was cool. New Orleans zubaz was solid, but the Storm pulled this look off surprisingly well. It’s interesting and some people may say ugly, but it gets people talking.

#4 Anaheim Piranhas

SP.Piranhas/Crowd.RDL (kodak F) Anaheim Piranhas vs Milwaukee.. Adrain Jerrel (10) of the Anaheim Piranhas gets a hand from the vocal crowd after scoring a third quarter touchdown at the Pond. TIMES (Photo by Robert Lachman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Predators had the scratch numbers, but the Piranhas had the bite numbers. The pants stripe reminds me of the Seattle Seahawks pants, meaning the Piranhas were ahead of the game. Ok maybe not but a solid uniform that had a lot going on but managed to make it work.

#3 Arizona Rattlers (2006)

I was not a huge fan of the updated Rattlers uniforms before they left the AFL. I felt like they were doing too much with the snake skin and trying to use too many colors. The old Rattlers uniforms did have a lot going on but it was subtle. The sleeve design honored the Southwest United States very nicely, plus the logo on the side on the pants looks very nice.

#2 Milwaukee Mustangs (1994-2001)

The original Milwaukee Mustangs had an amazing color scheme and logo. Purple and teal look very well together, just ask the Charlotte Hornets. The running horse logo is one of the best in the history of the league.

#1 Iowa Barnstormers

What else would it be? The Kurt Warner era Barnstormer jerseys are iconic, mostly for Warner’s success a few years later in the NFL. But these jerseys are fantastic. The wings on the front, the propellers on the side, and of course, the goggles on the helmet that are still with the team today. The Barnstormers look has stood the test of time, and truly is the greatest uniform in the history of the Arena Football League.

AFL Fan Zone Week 2 Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on April 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Before getting into the rankings, I want to bring up the horrible officiating in the Philadelphia at Tampa Bay game. What in the world was that? Between inadvertent whistles and blind reviews, that was NOT a good showing for the AFL. I believe the league will review that tape and make sure calls like the incomplete pass don’t happen again.

Now that I got that off my chest, let’s dive right into the power rankings!

  1. aflsoul Philadelphia Soul – (1-0) / LW: 2 / Week 2 – W at TB 56-52

Philadelphia entered the Amalie Arena as the defending Arena Bowl champions and at times looked every bit as good as the team that traveled to Arizona last August and unseated the Rattlers. But there were also times the rust was still very much a factor as Raudabaugh turned the ball over twice, one fumble and one interception.

This is still the team to beat after narrowly edging the Storm in their season debut. The Soul look to shake off more rust this Saturday as they travel to D.C. to take on the 1-0 Valor.

2. tjEJ1IjQ-fXZaFxLg Tampa Bay Storm – (1-1) / LW: 3 / Week 2 – L vs PHI 52-56

There is no way around it. The Storm got robbed Saturday night on national television. How the officials missed the review citing “No visual evidence” is atrocious and something the league should be looking in to. It was clear to everyone watching the game and even Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh that it was a backwards pass and should’ve been a touchdown on the field, but at least Tampa ball due to the play being called dead.

Not a lot of people felt the Storm was even going to put up the fight they did against the Soul. Most would’ve said it would take a magical night by Randy Hippeard and Joe Hills, but it was actually Kendrick Ings who stole the show. Ings finished the game with three touchdowns, two receiving and one kick return. Ings is proving once again how much of a mismatch he truely is and as long as the offense in Tampa Bay stays healthy, Ings will continue to be more and more of a factor.

Tampa Bay will welcome the reeling Cleveland Gladiators in week three, a rematch of week one when Tampa Bay edged the Gladiators 46-40 at the Quicken Loans Arena.

3.  Valor Washington Valor – (1-0) / LW: 1 / Week 2 – Bye

After thoroughly disposing of the Brigade in week one, the Valor enjoyed their first bye of the season. Their drop in the rankings is more to do with the resiliency of the Soul after beating Tampa Bay than it is an indictment on the Valor.

Saturday’s game versus Philadelphia should shed more light on whether week one was a a matter of playing a quarterback who had no business starting (Chase Cartwright) or if this is the team to challenge the defending champions.

4. Baltimore Brigade Baltimore Brigade – (2-0) / LW: 5 / Week 2 – W at CLE 52-49

The story of the 2017 Brigade has already been started by backup quarterback Shane Carden. Since replacing Cartwright in week one against the Valor, the Brigade has outscored their opponents 90-73. Carden’s numbers may not impress you when looking at the stat sheet, but clearly his leadership and all around play has sparked this club in their inaugural season.

If Carden can continue to find his favorite target wide receiver Reggie Gray (leader in yards, touchdowns, and receptions) the Brigade will continue to rise in the rankings.

Week three is Baltimore’s time for a rest as they see their first bye of the season before heading to face Philadelphia in week four.

5. glads Cleveland Gladiators – (0-2 ) / LW: 4 / Week 2 – L vs BAL 49-52

By far the most disappointing start of the season goes to Cleveland and their quarterback situation. After not bringing back Arvell Nelson (Cleveland’s leading passer in 2016), they have run full circle and seem to be going back to Nelson. Both Shane Boyd and Tanner Marsh have failed to show any signs of sustained success. The defense was decimated by injury in week two as three starting defensive backs were ruled out before the game which only helped Gray pad his stats.

It has only been two weeks, so we are far from seeing Cleveland press the panic button, but they need to choose a quarterback and stick with him through the ups and downs of the season. I personally feel Nelson showed last year he could be a dynamic player in this league. Give him the keys to the offense and let the chips fall where they may.

The schedule never really gets easy as Cleveland was a unanimous pick for dead last, but if there is a chance to steal a win, it would be in week three. If the Gladiators can get ahead early and the Storm let the Soul beat them twice, Cleveland could get the confidence they so desperately need.

  1. Philadelphia Soul – 23 (3)
  2. Tampa Bay Storm – 20 (2)
  3. Washington Valor – 17
  4. Baltimore Brigade – 10
  5. Cleveland Gladiators – 5

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The AFL Fan Zone power rankings contributing members are:
Kyle Sander @ArenaFBOutsidrs, Scott Soares @AFLSlasher, Stephen Ur @writingfanatic2, Joran Palacio @Joran_Palacio16, Ryan Knowles @rykno52, and Jesse Mattson @LocalBigTime1