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USFL Teams: Washington Federals

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Orlando Renegades/Washington Federals were a professional football team that played in the United States Football League in the mid 1980s.

At a glance...
Franchise Facts
Established 1982
Located Washington, DC (1983-84)
Orlando, FL (1985)
Owners Berl Bernhard (1983-84)
Donald Dizney (1985) 
  W L T %
1983  4 14 0 .222
1984  3 15 0 .167
1985  5 13 0 .278
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Washington Federals (1983-1984)
Orlando Renegades (1985)
RFK Stadium (1983-84) (54,794)
Citrus Bowl (1985) (50,050)

The Renegades started out in 1983 as the Washington Federals and played in Washington, D.C.'s Washington D.C.- RFK Stadium. The team did not win many games in its two years in Washington. The team relocated in 1985 to Orlando, Florida, after the USFL announced plans to switch to a fall schedule for the 1986 season. The team and league never saw 1986.

See also: 1983 Federals, 1984 Federals, 1985 Renegades

In 1983, one of their quarterbacks was "Jefferson Street" Joe Gilliam of the 1970's Pittsburgh Steelers. He was way past his prime and only threw for 673 yards.

In 1985, the Renegades were coached by Lee Corso. The teams' offense featured John Reaves, Curtis Bledsoe and Joey Walters at wide-out.

Single Season Leaders

Rushing Yards: 1080 (1984), Curtis Bledsoe
Receiving Yards: 1510 (1984), Joey Walters
Passing Yards: 2766 (1984), Mike Hohensee

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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