PANTHERS TRIVIA

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The Michigan Panthers 1983 USFL championship is a more intriguing story when you consider that the team began the season 1-4-0.
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Owner A. Alfred Taubman, embarrassed by his teams performance and last place standing, quickly opened his wallet to sign a number of players with NFL experience, with a particular affinity for members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The signings paid off as the Panthers went on to win 11 of their remaining 13 regular season games, winning the USFL Central Division title and, eventually, the league's inaugural championship.

Left:  Panthers majority owner A. Alfred
Taubman, shown during his Sotheby's trial.

Center:  Minority owner Peter Spivak, who served as the USFL's interim commissioner
prior to the hiring of Chet Simmons.

Right:  Head coach Jim Stanley, shown in a recent photo.  Stanley is now in his 12th
year with the Arizona Cardinals staff.

Left:  recent photo of
Michigan Panthers quarterback and
1983 USFL Championship Game
Most Valuable Player Bobby Hebert.

Right:  recent photo of John Banaszak,
who joined the Panthers mid-way through
the 1983 season and helped propel
the team to the USFL title.

Recent photo of tackle Ray Pinney, who joined
Banaszak with the Panthers after gaining free
agency from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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