1983 USFL season

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1983 United States Football League season
Regular season
Duration March 6 – July 3, 1983
Playoffs
Start date July 9, 1983
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.

Rules different from NFL[edit]

  • Optional 2 point conversion after touchdown.
  • Optional 1 inch kicking tee for extra points and field goal attempts.
  • Clock stop on first downs within the last 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters.
  • Intentional and unintentional pass interference.
  • Six member officiating crew (no side judge).
  • The USFL game ball was 3/8 of an inch shorter than the NFL game ball (both made by Wilson).

Regular season[edit]

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

  y  = Division Champion,   x  = Wild Card

Atlantic Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1983 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % filled Coach
y-Philadelphia Stars 15 3 0 .833 379 204 Veterans 72,204 18,650 26% Jim Mora
Boston Breakers 11 7 0 .611 399 334 Nickerson Field 21,000 12,817 61% Dick Coury
New Jersey Generals 6 12 0 .333 314 437 Meadowlands 76,891 35,004 46% Chuck Fairbanks
Washington Federals 4 14 0 .222 297 422 RFK 54,794 13,850 25% Ray Jauch
Central Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1983 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % filled Coach
y-Michigan Panthers 12 6 0 .667 451 337 Silverdome 80,638 22,250 28% Jim Stanley
x-Chicago Blitz 12 6 0 .667 456 271 Soldier Field 65,793 18,133 28% George Allen
Tampa Bay Bandits 11 7 0 .611 363 378 Tampa 72,812 39,896 55% Steve Spurrier
Birmingham Stallions 9 9 0 .500 343 326 Legion Field 77,000 22,046 29% Rollie Dotsch
Pacific Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1983 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % filled Coach
y-Oakland Invaders 9 9 0 .500 319 319 Oakland Coliseum 54,615 31,211 57% John Ralston
Los Angeles Express 8 10 0 .444 296 370 LA Coliseum 94,000 19,002 20% Hugh Campbell
Denver Gold 7 11 0 .389 284 304 Mile High 75,123 41,736 56% Red Miller/Charley Armey/Craig Morton
Arizona Wranglers 4 14 0 .222 261 442 Sun Devil 70,030 25,776 37% Doug Shively

Michigan won the tiebreaker with Chicago based on season series 2-0-0

Playoffs[edit]

Home team in CAPITALS

Divisional Playoffs July 9–10:

  • PHILADELPHIA 44, Chicago 38 (OT)
  • MICHIGAN 37, Oakland 21

USFL Championship game July 17 (at Denver, Colorado)

  • Michigan 24, PHILADELPHIA 22

Statistics[edit]

1983 regular season stat leaders[edit]

1983 Passing Leaders (over 100 attempts)
Name, Team Att Comp % yards YDs/Att TD TD % Long INT INT % Rating
Bobby Hebert, MICH 451 257 57.0 3568 7.91 27 6.0 t81 17 3.8 86.8
Fred Besana, OAK 550 345 62.7 3980 7.24 21 3.8 t80 16 2.9 85.1
Greg Landry, CHIC 334 188 56.3 2383 7.13 16 4.8 52 9 2.7 83.5
Jimmy Jordan, TB 238 145 60.9 1831 7.69 14 5.9 49 14 5.9 80.0
Chuck Fusina, PHIL 421 238 56.5 2718 6.46 15 3.6 52 10 2.4 78.1
Alan Risher, ARIZ 424 236 55.7 2672 6.30 20 4.7 t98 16 3.8 74.7
Johnnie Walton, BOS 589 330 56.0 3772 6.40 20 3.4 t86 18 3.1 74.0
Mike Rae, LA 319 175 54.9 1964 6.16 11 3.4 t61 10 3.1 71.9
Mike Hohensee, WASH 190 92 48.4 1297 6.83 9 4.7 t80 7 3.7 71.3
Bobby Scott, NJ/CHIC 374 210 56.1 2813 7.52 11 2.9 t65 19 5.1 68.9
Tom Ramsey, LA 307 160 52.1 1975 6.43 13 4.2 t82 14 4.6 67.4
Mike Kelley, TB 166 81 48.8 1003 6.04 4 2.4 43 5 3.0 63.4
Bob Lane, BIRM 346 175 50.6 2264 6.54 14 4.0 53 18 5.2 63.3
Kim McQuilken, WASH 334 188 56.3 1912 5.72 7 2.1 55 14 4.2 62.4
John Reaves, TB 259 139 53.7 1726 6.66 9 3.5 51 16 6.2 60.4
Ken Johnson, DENV 248 121 48.8 1115 4.50 6 2.4 t56 12 4.8 49.4
Joe Gilliam, WASH 102 40 39.2 673 6.60 5 4.9 t52 12 11.8 39.0
Reggie Collier, BIRM 108 47 43.5 604 5.59 1 0.9 t46 7 6.5 37.7
Dan Manucci, ARIZ 119 52 43.7 577 4.85 2 1.7 t48 8 6.7 36.3
Jeff Knapple, DENV/NJ 213 105 49.3 1191 5.59 3 1.4 41 19 8.9 34.0
1983 Rushing leaders
POS Name, Team Att Yds Avg. Long TDs
HB Herschel Walker, NJ 412 1812 4.4 t83 17
HB Kelvin Bryant, PHIL 318 1442 4.5 45 16
HB Ken Lacy, MI 232 1180 5.1 59 6
HB Tim Spencer, CHIC 300 1157 3.9 25 6
HB Art Whittington, OAK 282 1043 3.7 24 6
HB Kevin Long, CHIC 262 1022 3.9 33 12
HB Richard Crump, BOS 190 990 5.2 62 8
HB Ken Talton, BIRM 228 907 4.0 28 5
HB Craig James, WASH 202 823 4.1 24 4
HB Harry Sydney, DENV 176 801 4.6 45 9
HB Billy Taylor, WASH 171 757 4.4 34 5
HB Leon Murray, ARIZ 179 699 3.9 34 4
HB Greg Boone, TB 174 694 4.0 21 5
HB Allen Harvin, PHIL 139 681 4.9 49 7
HB Larry Canada, DENV 142 631 4.4 t24 3
1983 Receiving Leaders
POS Name, Team Rec Yds Avg. Long TDs
WR Trumaine Johnson, CHIC 81 1322 16.3 56 10
WR Danny Buggs, TB 76 1146 15.1 51 5
WR Ricky Ellis, LA 69 716 10.4 36 6
TE Raymond Chester, OAK 68 951 14.0 57 5
WR Eric Truvillion, TB 66 1080 16.4 46 15
HB Art Whittington, OAK 66 584 8.8 3.7 2
TE Mark Keel, ARIZ 65 802 12.3 27 2
HB Billy Taylor, WASH 64 523 8.2 55 2
WR Joey Walters, WASH 63 959 15.2 42 6
WR Jackie Flowers, ARIZ 63 869 13.8 t98 11
WR Neil Balholm, ARIZ 63 703 11.2 27 5
WR Nolan Franz, BOS 62 848 13.7 50 4
WR Gordon Banks, OAK 61 855 14.0 41 2
TE Michael Cobb, MICH 61 746 12.2 31 5
WR Anthony Carter, MICH 60 1181 19.7 t81 9
WR Scott Fitzkee, PHIL 55 731 13.3 44 3
WR Charles Smith, BOS 54 1009 18.7 t58 5
WR Wyatt Henderson, OAK 54 801 14.8 t53 9
HB Herschel Walker, NJ 53 489 9.2 t65 1
HB Kelvin Bryant, PHIL 53 410 7.7 50 1

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]