Houston Gamblers-USFL - Black Triblend

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  • Unisex Triblend T-Shirt
  • 50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon blend
  • Women may prefer to order one size smaller


Houston Gamblers (United States Football League, 1984-1985)

The Houston Gamblers were a team in the United States Football League (USFL), a short-lived competitor to the National Football League in the 1980’s. Backed by wealthy businessman like Donald Trump (among others), the USFL was surprisingly successful in its first few years, establishing successful franchises in several cities and producing legendary players like Herschel Walker and Reggie White. The Gamblers were best known for their innovative “run and shoot” offense, which eschewed traditional two-back sets and power running in favor of multiple wide receivers, as many as five at a time, and an aerially-oriented attack. Quarterback Jim Kelly (a future Super Bowl quarterback with the Buffalo Bills) was the perfect trigger-man for such a system, and receivers Gerald McNeil and Ricky Sanders were big, fast, and sure-handed. This combination of an innovative system and overwhelming offensive talent made the Gamblers an exciting offensive juggernaut, the 1980’s version of the “Greatest Show on Turf.” In 1984, the 13-5 Gamblers scored an astonishing 618 points, setting a USFL history that would never be equaled. The Gamblers almost made it to the championship game in 1984, narrowly lost the conference championship, and returned in 1985 to a less glorious but still successful 10-8 season. Sadly, the 1985 decision of USFL braintrust to move from a spring schedule (when they were the only football league in operation, and so had no competition) to a fall schedule, when they had to directly compete with the massively popular NFL, signaled the beginning of the end for the Gamblers. Anticipating that the USFL could not exist in the NFLs shadow, Gamblers management sold the club to Donald Trump, and ceased to exist after 1985. This decision looks brilliant in hindsight, as the USFLs move to a fall schedule flopped and the league completely collapsed by 1986. To paraphrase country singer and Houston Gamblers mascot Kenny Rogers, the Gamblers knew when to hold them and and when to fold them, but most importantly - when to walk away!

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