Going into the 1984 season, the USFL made the decision to expand to eighteen teams in order to boost league capital. However, efforts to expand to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Seattle fell through. San Antonio was mentioned as a possible market for expansion, as rapid growth through the 1970s propelled it to major-city status. By 1984, almost 800,000 people lived in ...
The San Antonio Gunslingers were a professional American football team based in San Antonio, Texas that played in the USFL in 1984 and 1985. Owned by oil magnate Clinton Manges, the team played its home games in Alamo Stadium and its colors were kelly green, royal blue, silver and white. Rick Neuheisel was the team’s quarterback and only recognizable name.
1984 – 1985 / United States Football League
1984 – 1985 / San Antonio Gunslingers
Gunslingers – Refer to men in the American Old West who had gained a reputation of being dangerous with a gun and had participated in gunfights and shootouts.
Original USFL Team
Final USFL Team
Team’s Final Outlook
A month after the season, Commissioner Harry Usher had seen enough, and gave Clinton Manges an ultimatum–make restitution for the team’s debts in 15 days or lose the franchise. When this didn’t occur, the Gunslingers became the only USFL franchise to be revoked.
USFL Championship 0
1984 – 1985 / Alamo Stadium
1984 – 1985 / Clinton Manges
1985 / Gil Steinke (2 wins – 4 losses)
1985 / Jim Bates (3 wins – 9 losses)
1984 / Gil Steinke (7 wins – 11 losses)
Averaged 15,444 in 1984 and 11,721 in 1985 (23,000 seat stadium)
*Blue is this team’s history