Jacksonville Sharks

Years of Existence: 2010-2016
Venue: Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL)
2010 - Southern Division champions, playoff appearance
2011 - AFL Champions
2012 - Southern Division champions, semifinal appearance
2013 - Southern Division champions, semifinal appearance
2014 -
2015 - Arena Bowl appearance
2016 - Semifinal appearance
Lifetime Record: 81-55
Home: 45-23
Away: 36-32
Playoffs: 8-5
Average Attendance: 10,003

The Jacksonville Sharks were the only expansion team for the league's 2010 return. Aaron Garcia, AFL veteran, quarterbacked the team. He threw for 82 touchdowns and 16 picks in 15 games. As usual, though, he did sustain an injury, this time to his nonthrowing wrist. Dallas Baker, Jason WIllis and Jomo Wilson were the primary receivers, combining for 61 scores. Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers player Kirby Griffin ran for 14 touchdowns. The team went 12-4, earning the top seed in the American Conference playoffs. The Sharks ended the regular season on a five game winning streak and were the best defense in the league, wllowing just 50.3 points per game. Orlando scored 70 points in a drubbing of the Sharks in week 12, the most points Jacksonville would surrender in a game. Fittingly, the Sharks would host the Predators in round one of the playoffs. Bobby Sippio was allowed to play the game while appealing a suspension he received for entering the stands during a melee in Tampa Bay. He accounted for six touchdowns in a 73-69 Predators victory. Aaron Garcia returned to the Sharks in 2011 for his 16th season. He threw for 4,953 yards, 116 touchdowns, and 17 picks. Jomo Wilson caught 131 balls for 1,737 yards and 44 scores, while Jeron Harvey and Jeff Hughley both contributed more than 1,000 yards and 53 scores. The Sharks had the best defensive player in the league. Micheaux Robinson picked eleven passes and broke up 46 passes. The offensive line allowed just 11 sacks. The Sharks rolled through the regular season after an opening week loss at Arizona. After thirteen consecutive wins, the team dropped three in a row in a late season lull to San Jose, Dallas, and Kansas City. The team secured the top seed in the American Conference and opened the playoffs at home against the Orlando Predators. Orlando was handled easily, 63-48. The next contest was against Georgia, who had dethroned the Cleveland Gladiators. Aaron Garcia threw for 313 yards and eight scores in a 55-46 victory, advancing the Sharks to Arena Bowl XXIV, Garcia's first. The Sharks had to play Georgia on a Monday night and the Arena Bowl was in Arizona on the Friday of the same week, making for a tough road trip. Arizona took a seemingly commanding 49-38 lead in the fourth quarter, as Garcia had missed seven passes in a row. However, a Micheaux Robinson interception sparked a comeback for the Sharks, who had also missed four PAT attempts on the night, three on botched snaps. With two seconds left, Jacksonville had a fourth down from the Arizona ten yard line, trailing 70-67. Instead of going for the tying field goal, Garcia passed to Jeron Harvey for the championship winning touchdown. Both Garcia and Nick Davilla passed for eight scores, while Garcia threw for 402 yards. Garcia was named the Arena Bowl MVP. For the 2012 season, Omar Jacobs led the team at quarterback for the first half of the season, throwing for 1,476 yards, 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Bernard Morris, formerly from Pittsburgh Power, quarterbacked the team for the second half of the year. He threw for 2,402 yards, 59 scores and 14 picks. Terrance Smith was the lone 1,000 yard receiver for the team, scoring 29 times. Jeron Harvey scored 25 times. The team went 1-6 against teams that would make the playoffs, but finished the year with a 10-8 regular season record, again winning their division. Winning four of the final five games of the year gave the team a home playoff berth against Georgia. The Sharks built a 48-21 lead early in the third quarter, but managed to cough up the lead with 1:28 to go in the game. The Force went on a 35-7 run to lead 56-55. With no time remaining, Jacksonville's Marco Capozzoli kicked a franchise long 51 yard field goal to give the Sharks a 58-56 victory. The team went on to face Philadelphia. Six turnovers doomed the team in a historic 89-34 playoff loss to the Soul. The franchise continued its success in 2013. The team acquired 2012 league MVP Kyle Rowley, but he did not get it done in his new home. Rowley threw for just 974 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight picks over six games. He was benched in favor of Bernard Morris, who ended the year with 2,746 yards, 55 scores and just nine interceptions. Markee White and Jeron Harvey were the two 1,000 yard receivers for the Sharks, with Harvey hauling in 35 touchdown receptions. Terrance Smith picked 12 passes and returned one for a touchdown. The defense also sacked opposing quarterbacks 45 times and held them to 39% on third downs. Despite a 12-6 regular season, Jacksonville went 1-4 in games against opponents that finished the year with winning records. The lone win came against a Philadelphia Soul team that was 2-2 at the time. The Sharks took a fourth consecutive division title and hosted Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs. Tampa Bay carried a 48-33 lead into the fourth quarter, but Jacksonville outscored the Storm 36-14 in the fourth for a 69-62 win. A touchdown pass with eight seconds left followed by a two point conversion and subsequent sack and fumble recovery in the endzone did the Storm in. Jacksonville advanced to host Philadelphia. However, the Soul would crush the Sharks this time, 75-59. The 2014 season was the first in which the Sharks would miss the postseason, compiling just seven victories. R.J. Archer quarterbacked all 18 games, throwing for 4,661 yards, 92 touchdowns and 14 picks. Jomo Wilson, Jeron Harvey, and London Crawford all eclipsed the 20 touchdown mark. The team went 1-8 against teams that made the playoffs, making their living off of beating teams such as New Orleans and San Antonio. Jacksonville was the only team in the 2014 season to not make a field goal (0/8). They also held opponents to 31% on third down conversions. The 2015 Sharks were led by quarterback Tommy Grady for the entire year. He threw for 4,660 yards, 95 scores and 11 picks. Joe Hills and Anthony "Tiger" Jones led all receivers by a mile--Jones caught 38 touchdowns and surpassed 2,000 yards, while Hills caught 42 scores. Derrick Ross also ran for 33 scores and netted 586 yards on the ground. Jacksonville also made a living on defense, allowing just eight sacks all year long. The Sharks actually got out to a 1-5 record to start the year, but rebounded to finish at 10-8 and sneak into the playoffs as the fourth seed. Jacksonville then crushed Orlando 55-33 in the first round of the playoffs, before upsetting Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, 61-56. After leading San Jose in Stockton in the Arena Bowl, San Jose went on a 27-0 third quarter run to put the game away for good and give the SaberCats their first title since 2007. Tommy Grady led the Sharks into 2016, throwing for 4,495, 97 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in a 7-9 regular season campaign. Joe Hills was on the receiving end of 58 of those scores and racked up 2,020 yards. LaRoche Jackson and Greg Reid combined for 14 of the defense's 18 interceptions. Despite losing four of their final six, the Sharks seemed poised to make a playoff run and upset Orlando before falling in the final seconds to Philadelphia in the American Conference title game. The team left the league following the 2016 season to form the NAL.