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1983 USFL Year Book


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Relive the fun and excitement of the upstart league, the USFL and their inaugural season.

The inaugural season of the United States Football League began on March 6 with five games, including the professional debut of 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, who signed with the New Jersey Generals just weeks before the start of the season.

Prior to the signing of Herschel Walker by the New Jersey Generals, the USFL was being compared to the most recent previous challenger to the 63-year old National Football League, the WFL. While the 1983 season produced financial losses for all but one of the league's twelve teams, the USFL accomplished some things that the WFL had not: it had no teams fold during the season (as had been the case for the WFL's Jacksonville franchise), no teams moved in mid-season (the WFL had several), no teams declining to participate in its playoffs (as WFL's Boston/New York/Charlotte team had done). While there was plenty of red ink to go around in the league's income statements and a few owners wanted out, the losses were for the most part their own doing.

On the field people were surprised with the quality of play in the USFL's first season, particularly considering that the league opted to start its inaugural regular season without the benefit of any pre-season contests. After just one year, those who didn't simply reject the concept of the USFL out of hand were making comparisons - how would the champion Michigan Panthers, the Chicago Blitz or Philadelphia Stars fare if they were in the NFL? While the answer from most was that they'd be lower-tier teams competitively speaking, just having the discussion gave the USFL's on-field product greater credibility.&&

Can you lead Chicago to the title? How about Philadelphia with their defense? Or will Michigan take it all as they did in real life?

Order the year book today and find out!

This yearbook is VERY color intensive. It includes complete standings, a full schedule, league leaders and award winners.


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