World League of American Football (1991-1992)
Born: 1990 – WLAF founding franchise
Folded: September 1992
Stadium: Giants Stadium (76,000)
Team Colors: Black, Silver & Gold
Owner: Robert F.X. Sillerman
The New York/New Jersey Knights were a short-lived franchise in the NFL’s early 1990’s developmental league, the World League of American Football. Largely forgotten today, the Knights at least deserve some modest credit for their earnest-yet-ungainly attempt to resolve the cross-border identity crisis of Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands.
Run & Shoot offense innovator Mouse Davis was the Knights’ head coach for both seasons of play, although the offense – helmed variously by Jeff Graham, Doug Pederson and Reggie Slack – never put up the kind of record-shattering, pinball machine numbers that Davis’ Houston Gamblers and Denver Gold offenses did in the United States Football League.
The Knights went 5-5 in their first season and advanced to the 1991 WLAF playoffs, where they lost to the eventual champion London Monarchs. The following season the Knights improved to 6-4, but missed the postseason.
In September 1992 the NFL pulled the plug to the World League after only two seasons of play. Although the European teams proved popular, the weak television ratings and limited box office appeal of the American clubs hurt the league. The Knights were the best draw among the American teams, averaging over 30,000 fans per game in 1991.
==New York-New Jersey Knights Programs on Fun While It Lasted==
|1991||3/24/1991||@ Barcelona Dragons||L 19-7||Video|
|1991||3/31/1991||@ London Monarchs||L 22-18||Program|
|1991||4/6/1991||vs. Frankfurt Galaxy||L 27-17||Program|
|1991||4/22/1991||vs. Sacramento Surge||W 28-20||Program|
|1991||4/27/1991||vs. Orlando Thunder||W 42-6||Video|
|1991||5/20/1991||@ Birmingham Fire||L 24-14||Program||Video|
|1991||6/2/1991||vs. London Monarchs||L 42-26||Program|
|1992||4/4/1992||vs. San Antonio Riders||L 9-3||Video|
|1992||4/12/1992||@ Orlando Thunder||L 39-21||Video|
|1992||5/3/1992||vs. London Monarchs||W 41-13||Program|
|1992||5/16/1992||vs. Barcelona Dragons||W 47-0||Video|
The Knights host the San Antonio Riders at Giants Stadium on April 4, 1992