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Omaha Mustangs
League* Independent
ArenaRosenblatt Stadium
Based inOmaha, Nebraska
Championships1 (1966)
Division titles1 (1966)

The Omaha Mustangs were a professional American football team based in Omaha, Nebraska. They began as an independent, semi-pro team in the early 1960s before joining the Professional Football League of America, a newly formed league based on remnants of the United Football League, in 1965.[1] The Mustangs won the PFLA championship in their second season by defeating the Des Moines Warriors in a playoff game in front of 4,530 spectators.[2] Omaha moved to the Continental Football League for the 1968 season and finished 7-5 in the Central Division.

In September 1968, Glen Hepburn, a two-way player for the Mustangs, died from injuries sustained in a game.[3]

On December 15, 1969 the CFL revoked Omaha's franchise for failure to meet the league's financial obligations.[4] The league itself quietly disbanded after the 1969 season and the Mustangs joined the Trans-American Football League for the 1970 season.

In February 1971 the Mustangs announced they would be joining the Midwest Professional Football League.[5] The Mustangs did not operate for the 1973 season. They were revived as a fully independent team in 1974.

Season-by-seasonEdit

Year League W L T FinishCoach
Omaha Mustangs 1965 Professional Football League of America 7 3 0 3rd, PFLA Bernie Berigan
Omaha Mustangs 1966 Professional Football League of America 8 2 0 1st, PFLA Bernie Berigan
Omaha Mustangs 1967 Professional Football League of America 8 4 0 2nd, Eastern Division Bernie Berigan, Walt Corey
Omaha Mustangs 1968 Continental Football League 7 5 0 2nd, Central Division Bernie Berigan
Omaha Mustangs 1969 Continental Football League 6 6 0 2nd, Central Division Don Fleming
Omaha Mustangs 1970 Texas Football League 5 4 0 4th, TFL Don Fleming

ReferencesEdit

  1. "UFL West Clubs Form Own Loop". The Indianapolis Star. Associated Press. February 7, 1965.
  2. Moackler, Jim (November 14, 1966). "27-7 Loss To Warriors In Playoff". The Des Moines Register.
  3. "Award Set Up in Memory of Player". Ironwood Daily Globe. Associated Press. May 21, 1969.
  4. "Ironmen Franchise Revoked by CFL". Beckley Post-Herald. Associated Press: p. 2. December 16, 1969.
  5. "Mustangs New Owners Announce Team Changes". The Lincoln Star. UPI. February 18, 1971.

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