A "Mauler" was defined by the team as a steelworker who forged metals in the mill using a "maul," or heavy hammer.
The nickname was chosen by owner Edward J. DeBartolo following a "Name the Team" contest held during August, 1983.
The Maulers logo depicted a "Mauler" swinging a maul.  In local newspapers after a loss, some took liberty with the design, showing the Mauler instead whacking himself in the head with the hammer.
The name "Maulers" was announced on August 24, 1983.  Other finalists were the Flash, Fortress, Pionners, Points, Renaissance, and Vulcans.  Among these, "Points" was the most popular choice in polls conducted by the Pittsburgh Press.

Edward J. DeBartolo wasn't the only applicant for membership in the USFL intending to put a franchise in Pittsburgh.  Another group submitted an application, prominently announcing itself and its intention to bring the "Pittsburgh Points" ("The Point" is a well known landmark in Pittsburgh where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers converge to create the Ohio River) to the USFL.  DeBartolo meanwhile submitted his bid with no fanfare whatsoever, as was his style.

DeBartolo's franchise application included within its contents a signed lease for Three Rivers Stadium - in other words, DeBartolo had "already booked the hall," whether the "USFL Dance" was coming to Pittsburgh or not.

While the official story is that the Pittsburgh Maulers were awarded the #1 overall draft choice via lottery, rumor has it that USFL Director of Operations Peter Hadhazy simply gave the Maulers the pick because they intended to draft and sign Heisman Trophy winning RB Mike Rozier from Nebraska.  As the "lottery" was conducted via conference call by Hadhazy, with him the only one in the room when the "picks" were made, the truth will never be known.

While it has been claimed that the Maulers lost in excess of $10 million in their only year of operation, this figure is highly disputable, as the team's expenses for 1983-84, with the exception of the contract given to Mike Rozier, were unlikely to come anywhere close to that figure.  Also while the Maulers didn't fare well at the gate, they had an equal share of the USFL's television and network radio revenues from Day One.

Despite playing a single season, the Maulers had two different logos on their helmets - the first (depicted here on USFL.INFO) featured a Mauler on the "Renaissance Red" background.  The second was identical to the first, save a white outline that was added, conceivably because the design was difficult to see on television.  A similar outline was added to the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars for the 1984 season.

Indicative of their owners' wealth, Maulers stationery was reported to cost over $ 1.00 a sheet - at a time when a raised-lettering printed sheet, second sheet, and envelope combined cost roughly the same amount.

The Maulers franchise lasted exactly 550 days from the date of its announcement.  On October 25, 1984, a week after the USFL's ownership voted to move to a fall schedule beginning in 1986, DeBartolo ordered the doors to the team's offices closed, and without any fanfare at all beyond a press release, the Maulers were gone.

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