Refugees Return to Promised Land

Jon Kinsman, YFFL Commissioner

January 04, 2022

If there's such a thing as a blueprint for a championship, the Refugees certainly have one.

Returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2009, Anthony Aceto's squad was looking to add their third championship to the trophy case. The previous two titles had seen a pair of 7-6 teams slip into the playoffs, get hot at the right time and ride that wave to a Super Bowl championship.

Fast forward to 2021 and history was repeating itself.

After starting the season 3-6, the Refugees caught fire in the back half of the season, winning 4 of their final 5 games to finish the year at 7-7 and nab the AFC Wild Card. Despite the middling record, the Refugees finished the year as the league's highest scoring team thanks to six games of 60+ points during the regular season.

That trend continued right into the playoffs as the Refugees scored 60+ points in each of their playoff games, including Super Bowl XXIX. Led by defending YFFL MVP Josh Allen, who posted 58 points across the 3 games (a tie for 7th all-time in a single playoffs), the Refugees outlasted a late charge by Russell Wilson and the Huskers to secure their third championship.

The win delivered the 7th title to owner Anthony Aceto (a new record) and his fourth title in the last five years, a simply incredible run.

Congratulations to the Cuban Refugees and Anthony Aceto, your Super Bowl XXIX champions!