an offense good enough to shred the record books, and a defense good enough to leave a fair share of bruises on the opposition,
"fun" is probably the word best used to describe watching the Gamblers franchise of 1984-85. Hall of Fame quarterback
Jim Kelly and offensive coordinator "Mouse" Davis led their group of blistering-fast receivers in the
first professional run-and-shoot attack.
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team staff, fans, the team historian... You'll find us all in the group, which is like no other in all of professional
A look at Toni Fritsch's1984 Gamblers contract!
Click the photo to see how much
Toni made that year!
Head Coach Jack Pardee
1936 - 2013
Click the photo to remember our Coach
Coach Pardee at the Gamblers Reunion
The 2010 Gamblers
Davis, Jack Pardee, Jim Kelly and the boys from Sports Radio 610
The Greatest USFL Game
Houston Gamblers at Los Angeles Express
February 24, 1985
Future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young and Jim Kelly found themselves squaring off in the
1985 season opener, which quickly turned into an exciting, gun-slinging free-for-all. Unfortunately, the ABC television network
cancelled their planned broadcast of the game in favor of Doug Flutie's New Jersey Generals debut. In fact, the only transmission
of this game aired in parts of Texas, as heard over the stations of the Houston Gamblers radio network.
We are very proud to offer excerpts from that original radio broadcast, featuring Gamblers
announcers John Greer and Ed Biles. These rare sounds have not been heard publicly since Feb. 24, 1985, the date of the original
broadcast. Also included are behind-the-scenes chats between the announcers during commercial breaks! So strap in, get ready
to travel back to the year 1985, and ENJOY!
2012 was a good year
for the Gamblers website, with over 20,000 USFL fans stopping by to look around! Along the way we added a few game jerseys
and were able to secure hundreds of original team documents, now safely stored within the team archives. Not all
the news related to our team was good in 2012, as we lost one of our players and heard the health news about Coach
Jack Pardee and his wife Phyllis.
looks to be an exciting year for USFL fans. The book released by Gamblers founder Dr. Jerry Argovitz will be sending
shockwaves throughout college and professional football circles for many years to come. Members of the Gamblers family --
players, staff and fans -- are continuing to do great things in Texas and beyond, and Houston-Gamblers.com will continue
following the stories that are of interest to us all.
The "Super Agent"
book by Dr. Jerry Argovitz, busting two packs of 1983 Topps football cards and a surprise package from Gamblers All-Time Team
Member Scott Boucher!
Anthony NunezHouston Gamblers Historian
Welcome to the
place where the USFL's Houston Gamblers are alive and well! I have worked countless hours with team owners, players,
coaches and admin staff to bring the best possible site to you, the true USFL fan! Check back from time to time, as the site
is continuosly updated. Enjoy the many assets you will find here, and feel free to direct your Gamblers questions here.
Did you know this woman?
Chronicle reporter Lise Olsen and
the Gamblers family are trying to identify this homicide victim from 1987
Looking back at
The Gamblers 2010 Reunion
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Houston-Gamblers.comis proud to announce the arrival of
The Greer Audio
Original game broadcasts from the one and
only "Voice of the Gamblers!"
Coaches and Staff
is available to speak at your event!Click the photo for details.
Thirty years after the birth of the USFL, it remains difficult
to find information about the players and staff members who brought Houston's legendary franchise to life. Houston-Gamblers.com
was created to be a one-stop reference library for casual and dedicated fans alike, as well as a resource for collectors who
are looking for info about Gamblers memorabilia.
Bringing fans and players together is one of the main reasons for
this site. Be on the lookout for videos, interviews and general updates. And, most importantly, we want to learn
YOUR story -- don't forget to email us your memories!
Gamblers Photo Spotlight
April 7, 1985
The Meadowlands, New Jersey
Safety Luther Bradleyon the
field before the game
versus the New Jersey Generals
The Houston Gamblers Original Document
Make sure to view our Gamblers game videos from the 1984 and 1985 seasons!
7-01-84 (Divisional Playoff) Wranglers
at Gamblers - Houston moves the ball on their first offensive drive of the game.
An Exclusive Collectable Set!
Gamblers Series I Postcards
Houston-Gamblers.com Video Blog
Rare, early team footage taken
from the VHS tapes donated by Gamblers Owner Dr. Jerry Argovitz
Opening a mystery package from Gamblers
Owner Dr. Jerry Argovitz on Aug. 10, 2010
A final look at the Gamblers Reunion held
June 12, 2010
An Unintended Consequence
We never expected this to happen when we
started the website -- but it has happened SEVERAL times!
Random Interesting Item
Jim Kelly Business Card
Yes, Jim Kelly as a New Jersey
General. If there had been a 1986 season, it would have happened!