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USFL Teams: Michigan Panthers

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Michigan Panthers were a professional football team that played in the United States Football League in the mid Awesome80s.

At a glance...
Franchise Facts
Established 1982
Located Pontiac, Michigan
Oakland, California
Owners Alfred Taubman (1983-84) 
  W L T %
1983  12 6 0 .667
1984  10 8 0 .556
1985  13 4 1 .750
1983 Beat Oakland 37-21
Beat Philadelphia 22-20
USFL Champions
1984 Lost to Los Angeles 27-20 in 3OT
1985 Beat Tampa Bay 48-27
Beat Memphis 28-19
Lost to Philadelphia 28-24
Michigan Panthers (1983-84)
Oakland Invaders (1985)
Pontiac Silverdome (80,638)

With quarterback Bobby Hebert and receivers Anthony Carter and Derek Holloway, Michigan had one of the most exciting teams in the new league. The Panthers won the first USFL Championship in 1983.

See also: 1983 Panthers, 1984 Panthers, 1985 Invaders

The team had reasonable fan support playing at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, the championship game drawing over 47,000 spectators. However after the 1984 season was over, the USFL, largely under the influence of New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump, decided to go to a fall schedule, effective with the 1986 season. This would have meant the Panthers being locked out of the Silverdome, which was then also home to the NFL's Detroit Lions.

The Panthers merged with the Oakland Invaders for the 1985 USFL season.

Single Season Leaders

Rushing Yards: 1182 (1983), Ken Lacy
Receiving Yards: 1220 (1984), Derek Holloway
Passing Yards: 3368 (1984), Bobby Hebert

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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