New Jersey Generals

Facts and information about the New Jersey Generals

  • The famous owner of the New Jersey Generals was Donald Trump; however he was not the original owner. The team was founded by J. Walter Duncan and sold to Trump after the first season (1983).
  • The winner of the 1985 USFL Most Valuable Player Award was the New Jersey Generals’ Running Back Herschel Walker.
  • Of the 23 different team incarnations in the USFL, the New Jersey Generals were one of only six to play all three seasons of the league’s existence in their original city under their original name.
  • The USFL’s all-time rushing leader in attempts, yards, and touchdowns is former Generals Running Back Herschel Walker.
  • Chuck Fairbanks coached the New Jersey Generals during their first season in the USFL. After Donald Trump purchased the team he tried to lure Don Shula, the coach of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins away, when that failed he hired former New York Jets coach Walt Michaels.
  • The Philadelphia Stars went 16-2 on their way to the 1984 USFL Championship; their only two defeats came at the hands of the New Jersey Generals. The Stars would finally defeat the Generals in the first round of the playoffs that year.
  • During the 1984 season, star Running Back Herschel Walker and Fullback Maurice Carthon both gained over 1,000 yards.
  • In 1985, the Generals signed Heisman Trophy winning Quarterback Doug Flutie. To make room for Flutie to be their starting Quarterback, they traded Quarterback Brian Sipe to the Jacksonville Bulls.
  • In Quarterback Doug Flutie’s rookie year, 1985, with the New Jersey Generals he broke his collarbone in a week 15 game against the Memphis Showboats. With the 1986 season cancelled, these would be the only games Doug Flutie played in the USFL.
  • Former New Jersey Generals Center Kent Hull would go on to play in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
  • Herschel Walker set the single season rushing record in the USFL in 1985 with 2,411. This was also the most yards gained on the ground by any Running Back in any professional football league.
  • After the 1985 season, it was announced that the New Jersey Generals would merge with the Houston Gamblers for the 1986 season. The USFL folding prevented fans from seeing a USFL “Dream Team” formed with the combination of the USFL’s leading rusher Herschel Walker and leading passer Jim Kelly playing on the same team.
  • New Jersey Generals Running Back Herschel Walker played home games in Giants Stadium for two different teams; the USFL’s Generals and the NFL’s New York Giants.
  • When Donald Trump, owner of the New Jersey Generals, signed Herschel Walker from the University of Georgia it was the first time an underclassman had left college early for professional football.
  • In 1985 the New Jersey Generals traded their starting Quarterback, former Cleveland Brown Brian Sipe, to the Jacksonville Bulls as a result of signing their new starting Quarterback Doug Flutie.
  • The New Jersey Generals Play-by-Play announcer for their entire three years was future ESPN anchor Charley Steiner.

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