American Football Database
Hartford Knights
LeagueAtlantic Coast Football League
Seaboard Football League
ArenaDillon Stadium
Based inHartford, Connecticut
Championships1968,[1] 1972
Division titles1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972

The Hartford Knights were a professional American football team based in Hartford, Connecticut. They began play in 1968 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Football League, replacing the Hartford Charter Oaks.[2] For the 1969 season, they became the affiliate for the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League. One of the best minor-league football teams of its era, the Knights never finished below second place in their league, won every division title they contested, and had a winning record every season they played (including a 17-win perfect season in 1972).

The Knights' most prominent alumnus was fullback Marv Hubbard, who played his first professional season with the team in 1968 before appearing in multiple Pro Bowls as a member of the Oakland Raiders.[3] Other notable players included Manch Wheeler, the team's first starting quarterback who had previously played for the Bills; and Mel Meeks, a power-runner who was one of the league's best running backs.

Season-by-season results

Year League W L T Finish Head Coach Res.
1968 Atlantic Coast Football League 15 1 0 1st Fred Wallner [1]
1969 ACFL 13 3 0 2nd Fred Wallner [4]
1970 ACFL 8 6 0 2nd Fred Wallner [5]
1971 ACFL 9 3 0 2nd Fred Wallner [6]
1972 Seaboard Football League 17 0 0 1st Nick Cutro [7]
1973 ACFL 8 4 0 2nd Nick Cutro [8]


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