The Arena Football League has had an interesting history since it first started in 1987. Many players have started their careers there and ended up in the National Football League. There have also been a good number of high quality football players that played their whole career in the Arena Football League.
Here is a look at five little known facts about the Arena Football League:
-The Arena Football League has only put on an All-Star Game one time. This occurred in 1993 and was played in Des Moines, Iowa. It was done in part as a fund raiser for flood victims throughout the region.
-The first and so far only Arena Football League team in Canada was the Toronto Phantom.
-ArenaBowl XII was the first Arena League championship game to be televised nationally. It was featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in 1998.
-In 1992, the San Antonio Force became the first Arena Football League team to go scoreless in an entire game when they lost to Orlando by the score of 50-0.
-The first ArenaBowl, the championship of the Arena Football League, was won by the Denver Dynamite when they beat the Pittsburgh Gladiators 45-16 in the Pittsburgh Civic Center in 1987.