Houston Gamblers

Facts and information about the Houston Gamblers

  • The Houston Gamblers joined the USFL as an expansion team before the league’s second season.
  • Quarterback, and future NFL Pro-Bowler and Hall-of-Famer, Jim Kelly was the 1984 USFL Most Valuable Player.
  • Former Gamblers Quarterback Jim Kelly holds the record for most Touchdown passes in the USFL for a career with 83 TDs in two seasons of play.
  • Quarterback Jim Kelly holds the single season passing yards record for both the Gamblers and the entire USFL with 5,219 yards.
  • It was announced that for the 1986 USFL season the Houston Gamblers would merge with the New Jersey Generals to form a new team, the 1986 USFL season never happened.
  • The Houston Gamblers made the playoffs in both their seasons in the USFL (1984 & 1985).
  • The Houston Gamblers played their home games in the Astrodome, they were one of only three teams to play home games indoors (along with the Michigan Panthers and the New Orleans Breakers).
  • While playing for the Gamblers, Quarterback Jim Kelly was named the MVP and Rookie of the Year in 1984, his first season in the USFL.
  • Jim Kelly had amazing statistics during his rookie season with the Gamblers with 5,219 yards passing and 44 touchdowns. In his second year with the team he threw for 4,623 yards and 39 touchdowns despite missing several games due to injury.

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