Former Miami Dolphins stars Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick were involved in an advertising campaign for the team, and they apparently had a minor ownership interest as well. Larry Munson was hired as radio play-by-play announcer. His distinctive voice was already well known in the Jacksonville area due to his long association with both the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons.
The Bulls made an immediate splash in their first game, in which they blew out the Washington Federals 53-14. Although they finished 6-12 — last in the tough Southern Division — they were far more competitive than their record indicated. Six of their losses were by a touchdown or less, including two losses by a last-second field goal. They remained in contention for most of the season, but a six-game losing streak toward the end of the season kept them out of the playoffs.
The Jacksonville Bulls were a professional American football team based in Jacksonville, Florida. They were members of the United States Football League during its final two seasons, 1984 and 1985.
1984 – 1986 / United States Football League
1984 – 1985 / Jacksonville Bulls
Bulls – The Bulls’ name was taken from team owner Fred “Bull”ard, a Jacksonville businessman, although there was a ‘name the team’ promotion with a write-in campaign for publicity purposes.
Original USFL Team
Final USFL Team
Team’s Final Outlook
The Bulls were slated to be even stronger in 1986 due to a merger with the Denver Gold.
USFL Championship 0
1984 – 1985 / Gator Bowl Stadium
1984 – 1985 / Fred Bullard
1984 – 1985 / Lindy Infante (15 wins – 21 losses)
Averaged 46,730 in 1984 and 44,325 in 1985 (80,200 seat stadium)
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