Frank Corral and Luther Bradley came to the Gamblers in 1985 from the Arizona Wranglers via dispersal draft.
Bradley, the USFL's all-time leader in interceptions, was brought in to shore up a defense that was seen as somewhat suspect in 1984.  Of course, scoring an average of over 34 points per game as the Gamblers did in '84 allows the defense to be less than perfect. 
Frank Corral was brought on to challenge Toni Fritsch for the kicking job.
Fritsch would retain his roster spot, leading the team in scoring in 1985 with 122 points.  Fritsch died September 13, 2005 at the age of 60 of heart failure.
1984 running back Walter Poole was a 1978 graduate of Hubbard High School in Hubbard, Ohio.
Richard Johnson's 115 pass receptions was a pro football record that lasted well into the 1990's.
Gamblers head coach Jack Pardee had the distinction of being the head coach of the Florida Blazers of the WFL, which lost the 1974 World Bowl, 22-21.
Pardee's career pro record as a head coach going into his tenure with the Gamblers was 58-52-0.  In addition to his 14-6-0 record with the Blazers, he went 20-26-0 as the head coach of the NFL's Chicago Bears from 1975-77, and 24-24-0 with the league's Washington Redskins from 1978-80.
The Houston Gamblers territorial school assignments for 1984 included the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas A&I, Texas A&M, and Texas Southern.
The San Antonio Gunslingers were admitted into the league in part because the USFL's owners felt they would provide a rivalry to the Gamblers.

Player Name Pos. College/University 1984 1985
Allen, Carl X Cal State Long Beach X X
Anae, Brad DE Brigham Young X -
Barousse, Mark WR McNeese State X X
Bock, Joe C Virginia X X
Boucher, Scott G Northeast Louisiana X X
Bradley, Luther S Notre Dame - X
Brock, Anthony LB East Texas State X -
Browner, Ross DE Notre Dame - X
Catan, Pete DE Eastern Illinois X X
Clark, Darryl RB Texas - X
Cooks, Rayford DT North Texas State - X
Corral, Frank P-K UCLA - X
Courville, Vincent WR Rice X X
Crosby, Cleveland DE Arizona X X
Dausin, Bryan T Texas A&M X X
Davidson, Greg C North Texas State X -
DeAyala, Kiki LB Texas - Austin X X
DeBardlabon, Curtis WR Mississippi Valley State - X
DeVaughn, Dennis CB Bishop - X
Dillon, Todd QB Cal State Long Beach X X
Dunn, Mike CB Southwest Texas X -
Eason, Calvin CB Houston X X
Fitzpatrick, Tony NT Miami (Florida) X X
Fowler, Todd RB Stephen F. Austin X X
Fritsch, Toni K None X X
Hall, Hollis CB Clemson X -
Harper, Willie LB Nebraska - X
Harrell, Sam RB East Carolina X X
Hawkins, Andy LB Texas A&I X X
Hawkins, Mike LB Texas A&I X X
Heath, JoJo CB Pittsburgh X -
Hughes, Van DT Southwest Texas X X
Johnson, Denver T Tulsa X -
Johnson, Richard WR Colorado X X
Kalil, Frank G Arizona X -
Kelly, Jim QB Miami (Florida) X X
Kehr, Rick G Carthage - X
Kidd, Billy T Houston X X
LaBeaux, Sandy S Cal State Hayward - X
Lewis, Lloyd DE Texas A&I X X
Lewis, Will CB Millersville X X
Martin, Donny G Rice X -
McGee, Scott WR Eastern Illinois X X
McLain, Kevin LB Colorado State X -
McNeil, Gerald WR Baylor X X
Mitchell, Mike CB Howard Payne X X
Moser, Greg WR Oregon X -
Myers, Tommy S Syracuse X X
Pennison, Jay C Nicholls State - X
Philyaw, Charles DT Texas X -
Poole, Walter RB Southern Illinois X -
Potts, Shawn WR Bowling Green - X
Reliford, Ron LB Northeast Louisiana X -
Riehm, Chris T Ohio State - X
Robison, Tommy T Texas A&M X X
Rogers, Ernie T Rice X -
Roquemore, Durwood S Texas A&I - X
Rosado, Dan G Northern Illinois - X
Sanders, Ricky WR Southwest Texas X X
Scoggins, Eric LB Southern California X -
Searcey, Bill G Alabama X -
Simpson, Adrian CB Southwest Texas - X
Smith, Blaine CB Southern Methodist X -
Taylor, Hosea DE Houston X X
Taylor, Rob T Northwestern - X
Threadgill, Bruce QB Mississippi State X X
Verdin, Clarence WR-KR Southwest Louisiana X X
Vonner, Reggie CB Houston X X
Walters, Dale P Rice X -
Williams, Donnie RB Southwest Texas X -
Wills, Ladell LB Jackson State - X
Young, Rickey LB Oklahoma State X X

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