The United States Football League (USFL) will be making its return, per FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd.
Cowherd announced the news on The Herd With Colin Cowherd on Monday, with eight original teams set to make up the relaunch of the league. The eight teams will be split into two divisions, North and South, as shown below.
- Michigan Panthers
- New Jersey Generals
- Philadelphia Stars
- Pittsburgh Maulers
- Birmingham Stallions
- Houston Gamblers
- New Orleans Breakers
- Tampa Bay Bandits
All eight teams will play at one location for at least the inaugural season. Play will begin in April 2022, with games on Saturday and Sunday. All teams will play a 10-game season with every game airing on FOX Sports.
The USFL is hoping to have more success than the past leagues that attempted to do a spring football league. The Alliance of American Football (AAF) started with great momentum in 2019 before folding midseason due to financial issues. The XFL underwent a rebirth in 2020 but closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The USFL officially announced its formation on May 11, 1982. The league began play in 1983 and lasted until 1985. The league canceled the 1986 season and folded shortly after attempting to switch to playing in the fall. The Panthers won the USFL Championship in 1983, while the Stars won in 1984 and 1985, playing in Philadelphia and Baltimore respectively.
NFL Hall of Famers such as defensive end Reggie White and quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Steve Young got their start in the USFL before moving onto the NFL. Legendary Georgia running back Herschel Walker was arguably the star of the league, signing with the Generals in 1983 after his junior season. The NFL did not allow players to enter the NFL Draft until after their senior season.
Walker won the USFL MVP in 1985 after rushing for 2,411 yards on 438 carries for 21 touchdowns.