The Gunslingers owe their existence in part to the inability of Thomas Scallen to secure a USFL franchise for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Initially Minneapolis was to be awarded a USFL franchise owned by Scallen, but at the last minute a problem arose with regard to the team's use of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. 
The problem stalled the league's announcement that the USFL was coming to Minneapolis - and eventually killed it, as the problem never was resolved. 
The Gunslingers would be the sixth and final expansion franchise awarded - but only because the Minneapolis bid to join the USFL drown in a sea of bureaucratic red tape.

Player, Position College/University
Alfred Anderson, RB Baylor
Ricky Askew, TE Rice
Mossy Cade, DB Texas
Billy Cannon, LB Texas A&M
Craig Curry, DB Texas
Bruce Davis, WR Baylor
Preston Davis, DB Baylor
Doug Dawson, G Texas
Robert Durham, LB Houston
Jitter Fields, DB Texas
Cyril Friday, LB Southwest Texas St.
John Haines, DT Texas
Eric Holle, DE Texas
Mark Johnson, G Baylor
Donald Jordan, RB Houston
Mark Lang, LB Texas
Jeff Leiding, LB Texas
Duane Losack, T Houston
Dwayne Love, RB Houston
Mike Luck, RB Texas
Kirk McJunkin, G Texas
Gerald McNeil, WR Baylor
Mark Miller, LB Texas A&I
Eddie O'Brien, RB Angelo State
Jeff Paine, LB Texas A&M
Joel Rios, DT Rice
Tim Staskus, LB Southwest Texas St.
Karl Watson, LB Texas Southern
Scott Wedell, K Texas - El Paso
Ed Williams, DE Texas

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