A first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1978 following a collegiate career at Notre Dame, defensive back Luther Bradley's NFL career for all intent and purpose ended in 1980 with a knee injury.  Traded by Detroit to Houston only to be released by the Oilers in 1982, there seemingly wasn't much room for argument with those who thought Bradley's best days were behind him.

One man didn't think so though - Chicago Blitz head coach and part-owner George Allen, who signed Bradley to a contract on December 13, 1982.  And while the Blitz were quickly becoming notorious as a team that signed players to contracts at the drop of a hat - as evidenced by the team signing over 300 players prior to the start of the 1983 season - in Bradley's case the stroke of a pen turned out to be a stroke of luck for the new league.

Converted by Allen into a safety, Bradley would go on not only to lead the USFL in interceptions in 1983, but would have one game that none of the 46,585 in attendance would ever forget.  On April 2, 1983 against the Tampa Bay Bandits, Bradley made six interceptions - including one he returned 93 yards for a touchdown, in a 42-3 romp at Tampa Stadium.  How dominant was Bradley in the game?  Well, consider that he caught more balls as a member of the opposing Blitz than any member of the Bandits!

Bradley would make the move to Arizona for 1984 along with most members of the Blitz, playing in the 1984 USFL Championship Game before being picked up by the Houston Gamblers in a dispersal draft held after the Wranglers-Outlaws merger.  The end of the USFL also marked the end of Bradley's football career, but it ended with him ranked as the all-time leading interceptor (with 28) in USFL history. 

LUTHER BRADLEY

Chicago Blitz,
Arizona Wranglers,
Houston Gamblers

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