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April 2000

April 2000


USFL—The $1 League

by: Richard Weaver
© April 2000

They were supposed to be the rot and refuse, a bunch of has-beens, never-weres and never-will-bes. Their value? One dollar. One lousy buck. But for three action-packed spring seasons - 1983-85 - they were the United States Football League - the USFL - the latest failed attempt to wrestle the monopoly on professional football away from the NFL.

During its three years on the field, the USFL sported four Heisman Trophy winners: Herschel Walker, Mike Rozier, Doug Flutie and two-time winner Archie Griffin. And after the league folded, former USFL players made up nearly 40 percent of NFL rosters from 1986 to 1989. From the midst of what was supposed to be a rag-tag group of NFL wannabes, the USFL produced two Super Bowl MVPs, numerous Pro Bowlers and the most prolific passer in Canadian Football League history, Flutie.

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