Los Angeles Express

Facts and information about the Los Angeles Express

  • Following the 1984 season, the ownership of the Los Angeles Express declared bankruptcy. This action almost negated the USFL’s television contract with the ABC network.
  • The Express would finish the 1985 season with a 3-15 record, this is tied with the 1984 Washington Federals as the worst record ever by a USFL team.
  • Of the 23 different team incarnations in the USFL, the Los Angeles Express were one of only six to play all three seasons of the league’s existence in their original city under their original name.
  • Video footage of Los Angeles Express games was later used in the HBO situational comedy ‘1st & Ten’ for the supposed game footage of the show’s California Bulls football team.  The fictional Bulls quarterback even wore jersey number 14 so it would match when highlights of the L.A. Express’ Tom Ramsey were shown.
  • At one point during the 1984 season, future Hall-of-Fame Quarterback Steve Young played Running Back for the Express.
  • Quarterback Steve Young negotiated his USFL contract himself, it was reported at the time to be the richest professional football contract at ten years and 40 million dollars. It was later revealed to be of less value as it was in the form of an annuity and he would receive $1 million dollars a year for forty years. Because of the league’s eventual demise, Young’s contract has turned out to be a wise investment as at last report he is still receiving $1,000,000 checks every year from a football team he no longer plays from in a football league that no longer exists.
  • Because of extremely low attendance at the monstrous Los Angeles Coliseum, the Los Angeles Express played their final home game at Los Angeles Pierce College, a San Fernando Valley Junior College.
  • Quarterback Steve Young holds the single season passing record for the Los Angeles Express with 2,361 yards.
  • In 1984, the Los Angeles Express won their division with a 10-8 record.
  • Hugh Campbell was the Head Coach of the Express during their first season in 1983, for 1984 and 1985 the Express were coached by NFL legend John Hadl.
  • With their first pick in the USFL draft (and the first pick overall), the Express chose Quarterback Dan Marino. Marino elected to go to the Dolphins of the NFL instead.

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