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USFL Teams: Houston Gamblers

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The Houston Gamblers were an football team that competed in the United States Football League in 1984 and 1985.

At a glance...
Franchise Facts
Established 1983
Located Houston, Texas
Owners Jerry Argovitz 
  W L T %
1984  13 5 0 .722
1985  10 8 0 .556
1984 Lost to Arizona 17-16
1985 Lost to Birmingham 22-20
Houston Gamblers (1984-85)
Astrodome (50,495)

The team played its home games at the Astrodome. The Gamblers were coached by former NFL head coach Jack Pardee in both their seasons.

See also: 1984 Gamblers, 1985 Gamblers

The most notable player on the team was future Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.

Led by Kelly and employing the run-and-shoot offense, the Gamblers appeared in the playoffs in each of their two seasons, but suffered first-round defeats both times.

The team was to be merged with the New Jersey Generals for the 1986 season, but that season would never be played.

Team colors were black, red, and white.

Single Season Leaders

  • Rushing Yards: 1003 (1984), Todd Fowler
  • Receiving Yards: 1445 (1984), Richard Johnson
  • Passing Yards: 5219 (1984), Jim Kelly (also league record)

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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