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The History

New York-New Jersey Knights was a franchise in the World League of American Football for the 1991 and 1992 seasons. They played in the North American East division, which they won in the 1991 season. They were coached by Mouse Davis, an architect of the Run & Shoot offense.

After 1992 the NFL (who backed the WLAF) suspended operations. When the WLAF returned in the 1995 season the league was concentrated in Europe, and none of the seven North American teams (including New York-New Jersey Knights) were ever heard of again.

They played their home games at Giants Stadium, also home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.



Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
19915501st North American EastLost Semifinals (Monarchs)
19926402nd North American East--
Totals11100(including playoffs)

The Owner

Robert F.X. Sillerman

Robert F X Sillerman (born New York in 1949) is a wealthy American businessman who made his fortune through building and selling companies in the media industry. Once on the Forbes 400 list, he also briefly owned the WLAF's New York/New Jersey Knights.

His latest vehicle is CKX, Inc., which has already bought majority rights to Graceland, the Elvis Presley estate; as well as the assets of Simon Fullers 19 Entertainment, whose assets include TV hit "American Idol".

The Coach

Caoch Mouse Davis

Darrel "Mouse" Davis (born September 6, 1932) is a veteran high school, college, and professional football coach. A native of Washington, he grew up in Oregon where he started his coaching career as a high school football coach. He helped to popularize the use of the Run & Shoot offense.

Early life

Darrel Davis was born in Eastern Washington in Palouse on September 6, 1932. His family later moved to neighboring Oregon and Davis lists Independence, Oregon, as his hometown. Mouse gained his nickname from older brother Don while a freshman shortstop on the Central High School team in neighboring Monmouth, Oregon. Despite his 4’10” (1.47 m) stature at the time, Mouse already excelled at sports. In 1955, he graduated from the Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in neighboring Monmouth. There he played quarterback and halfback on three straight championship teams from 1952–54 under Coach Bill McArthur. Davis also played basketball and baseball at the college.


Davis helped make the Run & Shoot offense famous as a coach, revolutionizing football back in the 1960s and 1970s. In developing his Run & Shoot offense, Davis espoused the theories of Middletown (Ohio) High School coach Glenn "Tiger" Ellison, who wrote the book Run & Shoot Football: Offense of the Future. Davis utilized the offense in a coaching career that included 15 years at the high school level in Oregon, at the college level, and professionally in the NFL, CFL, USFL, WLAF, and Arena League.

High school

Davis spent 15 seasons coaching high school football in Oregon, culminating in a 1973 state championship at Hillsboro High School. That team went 11-1 and set school marks in seven team season offensive categories and 15 records overall. Davis also was head coach at Sunset and Milwaukie high schools in Oregon, building a combined 79-29 record among those three schools.


Mouse Davis then moved on to take the head coaching position at Portland State University, where he coached from 1975 to 1980. While at Portland State from 1975 to 1980, and at each of his subsequent stops, he helped popularized the "Run & Shoot" offense.

There he led the PSU football program to a 42-24 record over six seasons, averaged 38 points and nearly 500 yards of offense per game. PSU led the nation in scoring three times. The unique passing game made stars out of Davis’ two main quarterbacks, June Jones and Neil Lomax. In 1975, Jones, now the current Southern Methodist University and former University of Hawaiʻi head coach, threw for a Division II - record 3,518 yards. Davis' next quarterback, Lomax, set NCAA records of 13,220 yards and 106 touchdowns in 42 games. Under Davis' direction, Portland State set 20 NCAA Division II offensive records[1] in addition to the Vikings being named the NCAA's all-time point producers in 1980, scoring 541 points in 11 games for 49.2 points per game, along with 434.9 yards passing and 504.3 yards of total offense per game. After coaching at Portland State, Davis went on to coach at UC Berkeley.

The past three seasons, Davis served as an assistant coach for Jones at Hawaiʻi. The Warriors employed the Run & Shoot offense and averaged 559.2 yards of total offense, 46.9 points and produced a 10-3 record in 2006. Hawaiʻi led the nation in passing offense (441.3), total offense, scoring offense and pass efficiency (185.95). Then in February 2007, he returned to Portland State to serve as offensive coordinator for new PSU head coach Jerry Glanville's staff. He retired at the age of 76 on June 1, 2009.

Davis was an inaugural member of the Portland State Athletics Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 1997.


Davis has been head coach of the now-defunct USFL's Denver Gold, the WLAF's New York/New Jersey Knights, and the Arena Football League's Detroit Furyand the af2's San Diego Riptide. He was also an assistant coach with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions and with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

In 1982, Davis joined the Toronto Argonauts as offensive coordinator and turned the team into a contender instantly with his pass-happy club. Led by his tandem of QBs Condredge Holloway (Tennessee) and Joe Barnes (Texas Tech). They finished the regular season with a record of (9-6-1) Davis' Argos lost in the 70th Grey Cup in 1982 to the Warren Moon-led Edmonton Eskimos to the score of 32-16.

Davis left the Argonauts prior to the 1983 season, however the team, using the offense he had installed, finished the regular season with a commanding (12-4) record and did win the 71st Grey Cup that year over the British Columbia Lions to the score of 18-17. It was their first championship in 31 years.

In 1984, Davis headed back to the USA to take the offensive coordinator job with the USFL expansion Houston Gamblers. His quarterback was a rookie from the University of Miami named Jim Kelly. The "Mouseketeers" offensive unit lit up the USFL in their first year of existence passing for 5,793 yards and 45 passing touchdowns - ending their expansion season with a (13-5) record. The Gamblers' offense became the first team in pro football history to have two receivers with over 100 receptions in a single season (Richard Johnson - 115, Ricky Sanders - 101).

In 1985, Davis took his first head coaching job at the professional level when he took the reins of the Denver Gold, bringing his run-and-shoot offense to the Mile High City. He once again had a tandem of QBs in Vince Evans and Bob Gagliano. The Gold finished the season with its first playoff berth with an (11-7) mark but lost in the first round to the Memphis Showboats.

1991 Davis took the head coaching job of the New York/New Jersey Knights of the WLAF. The 1991 season had Davis and the Knights go (5-5) and won the North American East Division. But they bowed out of the playoffs semifinal to the eventual champion London Monarchs. The following year saw their record improve to (6-4) and second place in the division but missed qualifying for the playoffs.


The Stadium

Giants Stadium

Location50 Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073
Coordinates40°48′44″N 74°4′37″W / 40.81222°N 74.07694°W / 40.81222; -74.07694Coordinates: 40°48′44″N 74°4′37″W / 40.81222°N 74.07694°W / 40.81222; -74.07694
Broke ground1972
Closed2010 (expected)
Demolished2010 (expected)
OwnerNew Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
OperatorNew Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
Construction cost$78 million
New York Giants (NFL) (1976-2010)
New York Jets (NFL) (1984-2010)
MetroStars / New York Red Bulls (MLS) (1996-2009)
New York Cosmos (NASL) (1977-1984)
New Jersey Generals (USFL) (1983-1985)
NY/NJ Knights (WLAF) (1991-1992)
NY/NJ Hitmen (XFL) (2001)
Garden State Bowl (NCAA) (1978-1981)
Big City Classic (2009–2010)
New York Sentinels (UFL) (2009-2010)

The Knights Uniform

1991 Knights Home Jersey (gold outline)
1992 Knights Home Jersey (silver outline)
Knights Helmet
Knight Away Jersey
Knights wristbands
Knights wristbands
Uniform in action

1991 Knights Results, Stats, Roster
1992 Knights Results, Stats, Roster

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