November 20, 2015

Highlighted Year: Tim Delaney, 1974

Wide Receiver, The Hawaiians



Age: 26
1st season in pro football
College: San Diego State
Height: 5’11” Weight: 185

Prelude:
Delaney was a two-time all-conference choice as a tight end in college, thriving in Head Coach Don Coryell’s pass-oriented offense, and once caught 16 passes for 275 yards and 6 touchdowns in a single contest against New Mexico. He failed to catch on in the NFL as a free agent wide receiver with the New York Giants.

1974 Season Summary
Appeared in 19 of 20 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Pass Receiving
Receptions – 89 [1] 
Yards – 1232 [2]
Average gain – 13.8 [13]
TDs – 8 [6, tied with Dennis Homan & James Scott]

Scoring
TDs – 8 [14, tied with five others]
Action Points – 3
Points – 59 [15]
(Note: Touchdowns counted for seven points in the WFL)

Postseason: 2 G
Pass receptions – 10
Most pass receptions, game – 5 at Southern California, WFL First Round playoff; at Birmingham, WFL Second Round playoff
Pass receiving yards – 95
Most pass receiving yards, game – 55 at Birmingham, WFL Second Round playoff
Average yards per reception – 9.5
Pass Receiving TDs – 0

Awards & Honors:
1st team All-WFL: League, Sporting News

Hawaiians went 9-11 to finish second in the WFL Western Division. Won First Round playoff over Southern California Sun (32-14). Lost Second Round playoff to Birmingham Americans (22-19).

Aftermath:
Delaney returned to the Hawaiians for 1975 but quit the team before the league pulled the plug in October. As it was, he still ended up among the league leaders with 44 catches for 594 yards (13.5 avg.) in 10 games and scored five touchdowns. Overall, Delaney was the WFL’s career pass receiving leader in its brief existence, catching 133 passes for 1826 yards (13.7 avg.) and 13 TDs.

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Highlighted Years features players who were first-team All-League* selections or league* or conference** leaders in the following statistical categories:

Rushing: Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Passing: Yards, Completion Pct., Yards per Attempt, TDs, Rating
Receiving: Catches, Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Scoring: TDs, Points, Field Goals (min. 5)
All-Purpose: Total Yards
Defense: Interceptions, Sacks
Kickoff Returns: Average
Punt Returns: Average
Punting: Average

*Leagues include NFL (1920 to date), AFL (1926), AFL (1936-37), AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974-75), USFL (1983-85)

**NFC/AFC since 1970

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