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1983 United States Football League season
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Regular season
Duration March 6 – July 3, 1983 2019-03-06 | 1983-07-03 | 1983 United States Football League season
Playoffs
Start date July 9, 1983 1983-07-09 | 1983-07-17 | Playoffs
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Championship
Date July 17, 1983
Site Denver, Colo.
Champions Michigan Panthers
USFL seasons  1984

The 1983 USFL season was the inaugural season of the United States Football League.

Regular seasonEdit

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

  y  = Division Champion,   x  = Wild Card

Atlantic Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPAStadium1983 CapacityAvg. Att.Avg. % filledCoach
y-Philadelphia Stars 1530.833379204Veterans72,20418,65026%Jim Mora
Boston Breakers 1170.611399334Nickerson Field21,00012,81761%Dick Coury
New Jersey Generals 6120.333314437Meadowlands76,89135,00446%Chuck Fairbanks
Washington Federals 4140.222297422RFK54,79413,85025%Ray Jauch
Central Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPAStadium1983 CapacityAvg. Att.Avg. % filledCoach
y-Michigan Panthers 1260.667451337Silverdome80,63822,25028%Jim Stanley
x-Chicago Blitz 1260.667456271Soldier Field65,79318,13328%George Allen
Tampa Bay Bandits 1170.611363378Tampa72,81239,89655%Steve Spurrier
Birmingham Stallions 990.500343326Legion Field77,00022,04629%Rollie Dotsch
Pacific Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPAStadium1983 CapacityAvg. Att.Avg. % filledCoach
y-Oakland Invaders 990.500319319Oakland Coliseum54,61531,21157%John Ralston
Los Angeles Express 8100.444296370LA Coliseum94,00019,00220%Hugh Campbell
Denver Gold 7110.389284304Mile High75,12341,73656%Red Miller/Charley Armey/Craig Morton
Arizona Wranglers 4140.222261442Sun Devil70,03025,77637%Doug Shivley

PlayoffsEdit

Home team in CAPITALS

  • Divisional Playoffs:
  • PHILADELPHIA 44, Chicago 38 (OT)
  • MICHIGAN 37, Oakland 21
  • USFL Championship game (at Denver, Colorado)
  • Michigan 24, Philadelphia 22

StatisticsEdit

1983 regular season stat leadersEdit

1983 Passing Leaders (over 100 attempts)
Name, TeamAttComp%yardsYDs/AttTDTD %LongINTINT %Rating
Bobby Hebert, MICH45125757.035687.91276.0t81173.886.8
Fred Besana, OAK55034562.739807.24213.8t80162.985.1
Greg Landry, CHIC33418856.323837.13164.85292.783.5
Jimmy Jordan, TB23814560.918317.69145.949145.980.0
Chuck Fusina, PHIL42123856.527186.46153.652102.478.1
Alan Risher, ARIZ42423655.726726.30204.7t98163.874.7
Johnnie Walton, BOS58933056.037726.40203.4t86183.174.0
Mike Rae, LA31917554.919646.16113.4t61103.171.9
Mike Hohensee, WASH1909248.412976.8394.7t8073.771.3
Bobby Scott, NJ/CHIC37421056.128137.52112.9t65195.168.9
Tom Ramsey, LA30716052.119756.43134.2t82144.667.4
Mike Kelley, TB1668148.810036.0442.44353.063.4
Bob Lane, BIRM34617550.622646.54144.053185.263.3
Kim McQuilken, WASH33418856.319125.7272.155144.262.4
John Reaves, TB25913953.717266.6693.551166.260.4
Ken Johnson, DENV24812148.811154.5062.4t56124.849.4
Joe Gilliam, WASH1024039.26736.6054.9t521211.839.0
Reggie Collier, BIRM1084743.56045.5910.9t4676.537.7
Dan Manucci, ARIZ1195243.75774.8521.7t4886.736.3
Jeff Knapple, DENV/NJ21310549.311915.5931.441198.934.0
1983 Rushing leaders
POS Name, TeamAttYdsAve.LongTDs
HB Herschel Walker, NJ41218124.4t8317
HB Kelvin Bryant, PHIL31814424.54516
HB Ken Lacy, MI23211805.1596
HB Tim Spencer, CHIC30011573.9256
HB Art Whittington, OAK28210433.7246
HB Kevin Long, CHIC26210223.93312
HB Richard Crump, BOS1909905.2628
HB Ken Talton, BIRM2289074.0285
HB Craig James, WASH2028234.1244
HB Harry Sydney, DENV1768014.6459
HB Billy Taylor, WASH1717574.4345
HB Leon Murray, ARIZ1796993.9344
HB Greg Boone, TB1746944.0215
HB Allen Harvin, PHIL1396814.9497
HB Larry Canada, DENV1426314.4t243
1983 Receiving Leaders
POS Name, TeamRecYdsAve.LongTDs
WR Trumaine Johnson, CHIC81132216.35610
WR Danny Buggs, TB76114615.1515
WR Ricky Ellis, LA6971610.4366
TE Raymond Chester, OAK6895114.0575
WR Eric Truvillion, TB66108016.44615
HB Art Whittington, OAK665848.83.72
TE Mark Keel, ARIZ6580212.3272
HB Billy Taylor, WASH645238.2552
WR Joey Walters, WASH6395915.2426
WR Jackie Flowers, ARIZ6386913.8t9811
WR Neil Balholm, ARIZ6370311.2275
WR Nolan Franz, BOS6284813.7504
WR Gordon Banks, OAK6185514.0412
TE Michael Cobb, MICH6174612.2315
WR Anthony Carter, MICH60118119.7t819
WR Scott Fitzkee, PHIL5573113.3443
WR Charles Smith, BOS54100918.7t585
WR Wyatt Henderson, OAK5480114.8t539
HB Herschel Walker, NJ534899.2t651
HB Kelvin Bryant, PHIL534107.7501

AwardsEdit

1983 USFL All-League Team

1983 The Sporting News USFL All-Star Team

See alsoEdit

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