of the Jacksonville Jaguars should pay a debt of
gratitude to Fred "Bubba" Bullard, for without
his efforts its likely the NFL wouldn't call
Jacksonville home today.
Granted an expansion franchise for 1984, Bullard put
together a team that wasn't terribly successful on the
field, but which did well at the gate, averaging roughly
45,000 in attendance over the team's two years.
After 1985 the Bulls and Denver Gold merged in
preparation for the move to fall in 1986, but following
the USFL's famed anti-trust suit against the NFL, the
Bulls and the rest of the USFL ceased operations.
the Bulls demise, Bullard went into banking, acquiring
the Holiday Bank and rebranding it Florida State
Bank. It collapsed in 1991, whereupon the normally
upbeat Bullard compared the investments rather
succinctly, "They were both equally stupid."