Ultimately, Diethrich agreed to merge the Wranglers with the Outlaws. The merged team was to be known as the Arizona Outlaws and would take the Wranglers’ place at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium. Initially, the Tatham’s owned 75 percent of the merged team, with Diethrich retaining 25 percent. However, Diethrich quickly decided to get out altogether. Since the Tatham’s ...
History of the Outlaws
The Arizona Outlaws were a professional American football team that played in the United States Football League in the mid-1980s. They were owned by Fresno banker and real estate magnate William Tatham, Sr., who had briefly owned the Portland Thunder of the World Football League.
During their first season, the team played as the Oklahoma Outlaws. They became the Arizona Outlaws for their second season.
Tempe – Oklahoma City – Tempe
1983 – 1986 / United States Football League
1985 / Arizona Outlaws
1983 – 1984 / Arizona Wranglers
1984 / Oklahoma Outlaws
Outlaws – The Outlaws name comes from the gunslingers known as "Outlaws that is from in the Oklahoma region. When the Arizona Wranglers and the Oklahoma Outlaws merged together, the team carry over the Outlaws' nickname from Oklahoma.
Original USFL Team
Final USFL Team
Team’s Final Outlook
The Outlaws were one of eight teams slated to play in 1986. After the Portland Breakers folded while the antitrust trial was still underway, the Outlaws were the only team west of the Mississippi River left in the league.
USFL Championship 0
1983 – 1985 / Sun Devil Stadium
1984 / Skelly Stadium
1984 – 1986 / William R. Tatham Sr., William R. Tatham Jr.
1984 / Dr. Ted Diethrich
1983 / Jim Joseph
1985 / Frank Kush (8 wins – 10 losses)
1984 / Woody Widenhofer (6 wins – 12 losses)
1984 / George Allen (12 wins – 9 losses)
1983 / Doug Shivley (4 wins – 14 losses)
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Averaged 17,881 fans (40,235 seat stadium)
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