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USFL Teams: Birmingham Stallions

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The Birmingham Stallions were a franchise in the United States Football League (USFL), an attempt to establish a second professional league of football in competition with the National Football League.

At a glance...
Franchise Facts
Established 1982
Located Birmingham, Alabama
Owners Marvin Warner
  W L T %
1983  9 9 0 .500
1984  14 4 0 .778
1985  13 5 0 .722
1984 Beat Tampa Bay 36-17
Lost to Philadelphia 20-10
1985 Beat Houston 22-20
Lost to Baltimore 28-14
Birmingham Stallions
Legion Field (75,400)

The Stallions played their home games at Birmingham, Alabama's Legion Field and competed in all three USFL seasons, 1983-1985, and seemed to be one of the league's better-run and more viable franchises, an organization which could have had a chance to have succeeded if the USFL organization as a whole had been better-funded and better-run.

See also: 1983 Stallions, 1984 Stallions, 1985 Stallions

One of their better-known players was former Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Cliff Stoudt, who had won four Super Bowl rings with his former team, literally without having ever taken a snap in either a regular season or playoff game. He proved to be quite talented when given a chance to play, as did many other Stallions players, some of whom went on to have at least brief careers in the NFL once the USFL went out of existence.

Single Season Leaders

  • Rushing Yards: 1467 (1984), Joe Cribbs
  • Receiving Yards: 1607 (1984), Jim Smith (also league record)
  • Passing Yards: 3188 (1985), Cliff Stoudt

USFL Bibliography
The $1 League: The Rise and Fall of the USFL by Jim Byrne
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1984
The Sporting News Official USFL Guide and Register, 1985
USFL Media Guides (each team published one each year)

Kickoff Magazine (published by league; 9 issues per year + playoffs; sold at games)
The Sporting News (regular coverage + special "preview" inserts)

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