INVADERS TRIVIA

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After each season, the Invaders experienced significant player turnover.
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Only nine players from the 40 that took the field on March 6, 1983 would be around to see the 1985 season.
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Fred Besana was the Invaders starting quarterback in 1983 and 1984, then fell to #2 on the depth chart when the merger with the Michigan Panthers brought Bobby Hebert onto the team's roster.
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The Invaders 9-9-0 record in 1983 was good enough to win the USFL Pacific Division, but had the team been in the USFL Central, they would have finished in last place. 
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An October 1982 free agent tryout camp attracted 692 prospective players.  From that group, the Invaders ultimately signed 3 players.
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The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was built in 1966 for $30 million.
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Invaders tight end Raymond Chester signed with the team on December 7, 1982, after a 12 year career in the NFL.
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Chester's NFL career began with the Oakland Raiders in 1970, where he spent three seasons.  He then went to the Baltimore Colts, where he played for five years before returning to Oakland in 1978, where he spent the last four years of his career.
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John Ralston's collegiate coaching record at Utah State and Stanford was a combined 86-47-4.  His pro record prior to joining the Invaders was 34-33-3, over five years with the NFL's Denver Broncos.
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Ralston's three children are named Larry, Sherry and Terry.
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The Invaders offered ticket discounts for groups of 50 or more.
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When the Invaders were on the road in Arizona, the team stayed at the Ramada East Resort in Phoenix.
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When in Michigan, the team called the Northfield Hilton in Detroit home.
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The Invaders never played the Orlando Renegades at home.

Player Name Pos. College/University 1983 1984 1985
Aldridge, Jerry RB Angelo State X X -
Anderson, Gary G Stanford X - -
Atiyeh, George NT X - X -
Banks, Gordon WR Stanford X X X
Batiste, Derrick CB X - X -
Bearden, Jerome S San Jose State X - -
Beekley, Bruce LB Oregon X - -
Bennett, Monte DT Kansas State X X X
Berry, Raymond CB Texas Christian X - -
Bentley, Albert RB Miami (Florida) - - X
Bentley, Ray LB Central Michigan - - X
Bergmann, Paul TE UCLA - - X
Besana, Fred QB California X X X
Biedermann, Leo T California X - -
Bojovic, Novo K X - - X
Bradshaw, Morris WR X - X -
Brown, Otis RB X - X -
Browning, Dave DE X - X X
Callahan, Mitch NT X - X -
Carter, Anthony WR X - - X
Carter, Thomas LB X - X -
Chester, Raymond TE Morgan State X - -
Cozen, Doug TE Illinois - - X
Daniel, Kenny CB San Jose State X X -
Daum, Mike T X - X -
Davis, Oliver S Tennessee State - - X
Dixon, Rich LB California - - X
Drake, Don DE X - X -
Duncan, Frank S San Francisco State X X -
Faulkner, Shawn RB Western Michigan - - X
Franklin, Jerrell G X - X -
Franz, Tracy T San Jose State - X X
Frazier, Frank G Miami (Florida) X - -
Futrell, Bobby CB Elizabeth City State - - X
Graffis, Kevin G Washington State X X -
Grant, Steve QB Washington State X X -
Greene, Lonnie DT Mississippi State X - -
Greenwood, David S Wisconsin - - X
Hardman, Cedrick DE North Texas State X - -
Harper, Jeff C Georgia X X -
Hart, Daryl CB Lane - X X
Hebert, Bobby QB X - - X
Henderson, Wyatt WR Fresno State X - -
Hill, Al WR X - X -
Hines, Andre T Stanford X - -
Hollie, Doug DE Southern Methodist - - X
Holloway, Derek WR Arkansas - - X
Houston, Steve G Fresno State X X -
Howell, Wes WR California - - X
Irving, Reggie G Grambling - - X
Jackson, Louis RB Cal Poly San Luis Obispo X X -
James, Poncho RB San Francisco State X - -
Jefferson, David LB Miami (Florida) X X -
Jones, Mike RB North Carolina A&T - X X
Jonker, Kurt T Augustana College X - -
Jordan, Eric RB Purdue - X X
Kelley, Mike QB Georgia Tech X - -
Levasa, Roger C Oregon State X X -
Leonard, Jim C-G Santa Clara - X X
Lewis, Marc WR Mississippi Western State X X -
Liles, Alva DE Boise State X - -
Linnin, Chris NT X - X -
Lucas, Tim LB California - X X
Mallett, Ronnie WR Central Arkansas X - -
Manumaleuga, Frank LB San Jose State X X -
Markham, Dale T North Dakota X X X
Marshall, Dupre DT California X X -
Martin, Derrick CB San Jose State X X X
Mason, Lindsey T X - X -
McClain, Dewey LB Central Oklahoma X - -
McClanahan, Randy LB X - X X
McKeever, Vito CB San Jose State - - X
Montgomery, Mitchell TE X - X -
Moore, Dean LB Iowa State X X -
Moore, Tim NT Southern - - X
O'Brien, Mike S Californix X - -
Overly, Bobby LB San Jose State X - -
Penaranda, Jairo RB UCLA X - -
Pinney, Ray T Washington - - X
Plummer, Gary LB California X X X
Quinn, Marcus S Louisiana State X X -
Randall, Vince TE Portland State X - -
Riehm, Chris T X - X -
Ruyle, Clay DE Stephen F. Austin X - -
Shaw, David LB California X X X
Shea, Kevin K St. Mary's X X -
Shumann, Mike WR Florida State - - X
Smith, Holden WR X - X -
Smith, Ed LB Vanderbilt - - X
Smith, Ron WR X - X -
Snipes, Angelo LB West Georgia - - X
Standifer, Bob NT Tennessee - Chattanooga - - X
Starkey, Kevin QB X - X -
Sullivan, Carl DE San Jose State - - X
Sullivan, John S X - X X
Talley, Stan P Texas Christian X X X
Thompson, Jeff TE X - X -
Thompson, John TE X - X -
Torchio, Jay QB California - - X
Torosian, Ted RB Fresno State X X -
Turure, Tom C Washington - - X
Tyler, Toussaint RB X - X -
Van Divier, Randy G X - X -
Vaughan, Ruben NT Colorado - - X
Wall, Darnell DE Virginia Union - - X
Whittington, Arthur RB Southern Methodist X X X
Wilkinson, Jerry DE Oregon State X - -
Williams, Brian TE X - X -
Williams, John RB Wisconsin - - X
Wiska, Jeff G Michigan State - - X
Worthy, Fred DE X - X -
Wright, Steve T Northern Iowa - - X
Yancy, Billy CB Fresno State X - -


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