THE UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE suspended its operations
for 1986 following the outcome of USFL
v. NFL, Cincinnati Bengals chief Mike Brown was asked how many USFL players would go on to play in
the National Football League. "Around a dozen,"
was the reply. Those three words were indicative of just
how little those loyal to the NFL knew about the level of player
talent developed by the USFL in its short three-year history.
While NFL team executives and commissioner Pete Rozelle were
publicly dismissive of the USFL, their scouts knew better -
there was a ton of talent on USFL team rosters, a reality proved
by the over 200 players who would go on to add NFL experience to
their pro football resumes.
Everyone knows of the careers that the USFL's best-remembered
players went on to have. Names such as Doug Flutie, Jim
Kelly, Scott Norwood, Herschel Walker, Reggie White and Steve
Young will, in one way or another, will go down in football
lore. But there are dozens of others who made a
significant impact both during the USFL's history, and with the
NFL either before or after the USFL. From colorful
characters such as Novo Bojovic and Eddie "Meat
Cleaver" Weaver to true stars such as Kelvin Bryant,
Anthony Carter, Chuck Fusina and Mike Lush, the USFL produced
literally hundreds of the best pro football players of the
This section of USFL.INFO is aimed at providing a profile
of some of those who helped make the USFL what it was - an
entertaining, fundamentally sound professional football league
that produced the highest quality of play seen outside of the
NFL. It's far from a complete list (the initial run
through of 50 players missed Doug Williams and Mike Lush, for
example), and you're invited to contact
us and submit new sections highlighting those players you
think worthy of being included here.