No one was surprised when two groups filed for a Pittsburgh franchise in the winter of 1983. It did come as a considerable surprise that DeBartolo, Sr. was one of them, given his son’s ownership of the 49ers. However, while the other group contented itself withholding a rally to demonstrate support for a potential franchise, DeBartolo stole a march by ...
The Pittsburgh Maulers were a team that competed in the 1984 season of the United States Football League. Their most prominent player was first pick overall in the 1984 USFL draft, running back Mike Rozier of Nebraska, who won the Heisman Trophy, collegiate football’s most prestigious individual award.
1983 – 1984 / United States Football League
1983 – 1984 / Pittsburgh Maulers
Maulers – A name-the-team contest yielded the nickname "Maulers," after the sledgehammer-wielding workers in steel foundries.
Original USFL Team
Final USFL Team
Team’s Final Outlook
DeBartolo was a strong believer in the USFL’s original spring football concept, and he knew the Maulers could not hope to go head-to-head against the Steelers. A move to Cleveland, closer to DeBartolo’s home in Youngstown, was quickly ruled out; even without the daunting task of competing with the Cleveland Browns to consider, it is not likely that Cleveland fans would have accepted a refugee from Pittsburgh. As a result, just a week after the vote to move to the fall, DeBartolo folded the franchise without so much as a press conference.
USFL Championship 0
1983 – 1984 / Three Rivers Stadium
1983 – 1984 / Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.
1985 / Hank Bullough (never coached)
1984 / Ellis Rainsberger (1 wins – 7 losses)
1983 / Joe Pendry (2 wins – 8 losses)
Averaged 22,858 fans (60,043 seat stadium)
*Blue is this team’s history