Who Plays In The USFL?

We break down some of the USFL’s most recognizable players and coaches.

Spring football leagues have come and gone over the years, and the United States Football League (USFL) is the latest to try and make spring football work. The USFL’s ten-week inaugural season, which started on April 16, features innovations like the three-point conversion and nausea-inducing drone shots.

Whether you’re looking for something to watch or want a team to root for, we broke down some notable figures on each USFL team.

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Michigan Panthers

Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher is one of the USFL’s most storied head coaches, racking up 173 NFL wins over a 22-year career across the Houston Oilers and the Los Angeles Rams. Also? He’s a big Yellowstone fan!

Shea Patterson

The top pick in the USFL’s draft, Patterson played college ball at the University of Mississippi and the University of Michigan. He also had brief stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Canadian Football League.

New Jersey Generals

Luis Perez

Spring football fans might be familiar with Luis Perez. After playing Division II college football, Perez’s playing spots have included the Alliance of American Football in 2019 and the XFL in 2020.

Shalom Luani

Along with his time in the NFL, Luani had an extensive career playing the more popular kind of football. He scored a goal in American Samoa’s first FIFA-sanctioned win against Tonga in 2011.

Philadelphia Stars

Bryan Scott

Although we wish we could’ve highlighted the delightfully named Case Cookus, the Stars have been capably led by quarterback Bryan Scott. Scott played for four years at California’s Occidental College, which counts director Terry Gilliam and actress Ashly Burch among its illustrious alumni.

Blob

From Gritty to the Phanatic, Philadelphia has a proud history of inexplicable mascots, and Blob continues this storied tradition.

What do we love most about Blob? Is it their mononymous moniker? The rounded head, drooping eyelids, or devil (???) horns? You do your thing, Blob.

Pittsburgh Maulers

Garrett Groshek

At Wisconsin, Groshek carved out a steady niche as a running back who wasn’t Wisconsin’s annual Guy Who Gets A 2,000-Yard Season Out Of Nowhere. He briefly signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, which led the Big Ten Network to produce a highlight reel as part of its free agent highlights series:

Despite not seeing actual NFL action, Groshek’s reel earned the second-most views in the series so far. It also inspired a 116-comment thread full of Raiders fans predicting him to be the “best fullback in the league” and the second coming of Hall of Famer Larry Csonka.

We, as a website, are not capable of experiencing love or human emotions, but if we were? Well, we wish we could be loved as much as NFL fans love undrafted players who burst at the seams with grit, hustle, and 100 emojis.

The three-point conversion

Sports trivia fans, take note: the Stars also achieved the USFL’s first three-point conversion:

The three-point conversion is one of the USFL’s biggest rule changes compared to the NFL, which has only one-point and two-point conversions. We’re always onboard for rule changes that result in more points, especially if they get pro football leagues one step closer to this Platonic ideal of a game.

Birmingham Stallions

Victor Bolden Jr.

Aesthetically, we’ll always root for small fast guys who go vrrrrrr on the field, and Victor Bolden Jr. checks off all of our boxes. He’s also an Oregon State alum, and that team’s no stranger to wide receivers who go vrrrrrr.

Scooby Wright

Scooby was a star linebacker for the University of Arizona during his sophomore year in 2014, finishing ninth in Heisman Trophy voting and earning awards including the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Houston Gamblers

Kevin Sumlin

Sumlin started off his head coaching career at the University of Houston before a memorable stint at Texas A&M and a less memorable stint at the University of Arizona.

William Likely

We’ve already established our affinity for small players who go vrrr, and you can file William Likely under the same folder. Likely, who is a cornerback and returner for the Gamblers, made hay at the University of Maryland from 2013 to 2016.

New Orleans Breakers

Kyle Sloter

Even by spring football league standards, it took a second for Sloter to reach the playing field. Despite signing as a college quarterback in 2012, Sloter spent his first four seasons shuffling between backup quarterback and wide receiver.

But during the 2016 season, he took over as quarterback following an injury to the starter. And in Sloter’s first full game in nearly four years, he demonstrated the value of being ready for your call-up whenever it happens—in a 55-52 win against Abilene Christian University, he threw for 407 yards, rushed for 49 yards, and scored seven touchdowns.

Taywan Taylor

Fantasy football players who spent way too much time working on their rosters might recognize Taylor. He had a two-year stint as a wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans from 2017 to 2018, racking up 697 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Tampa Bay Bandits

John Franklin III

Franklin has had a winding career with stops as a quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back for schools including Florida State University, Auburn University, and Florida Atlantic University.

Vinny Papale

Papale had a four-year career at the University of Delaware as a wide receiver. His father, Vince Papale, was also the inspiration for the 2006 Disney film Invincible.

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