The Rise And Fall Of The USFL

Jeff Pearlman and Ed Bouchette Join Ron And Joe To Discuss Jeff's New Book And Some USFL Memories

The Cook & Joe Show
October 19, 2018 - 1:15 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Sports Writer Jeff Pearlman joined Ron and Joe Friday afternoon to discuss his new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL".

The guys discussed whether or not the league had the fire power to succeed if it didn't go to the fall and try to challenge the NFL.

"Why I think if it had held down a little longer and hadn't follwed Donald Trump into fall," said Pearlman. "I think ultimately if you look at the 1987 NFL strike and all the anarchy that happened.  I think you would of had a bunch of players, massive defections to the USFL and I think ultimately a couple of those teams, Jacksonville, Memphis, maybe Birmingham, Oakland and Baltimore would have been obsorbed into the NFL."

PG Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette also joined in on the conversation since he covered the Pittsburgh Maulers and shared some of his favorite memories of covering that team.

One of Ed's favorite memories happened when the Maulers traveled to Memphis.

The guys also discussed that the football in the USFL was actually pretty good and fun to watch.

"The Maulers were also competitive," said Bouchette. "They had a bunch of stars including the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier. They signed him right after the Orange Bowl.  They had a Quarterback from the Cowboys and had a linebacker from the Cowboys."

Listen to the full interview with Jeff Pearlman and Ed Bouchette below: