Washington Federals

Facts and information about the Washington Federals

  • Following the second season of play in the USFL, the Washington Federals moved to Orlando and became the Orlando Renegades.
  • In 1984, the Washington Federals finished the season at 3-15, this is tied with the 1985 Los Angeles Express as the worst record ever by a USFL team.
  • The Washington Federals had the worst record in the league, or tied for the worst record in the league, in both their years of play in the USFL. For the 1985 season, when they had moved to Orlando, they tied with the second worst record in the league.
  • As their first season began, the Washington Federals Head Coach was Ray Jauch. After a 53-14 loss to the Jacksonville Bulls in the first game of their second season, the Federals fired Jauch.
  • In 1985, playing in Orlando as the Renegades, the teams coach was now famous ESPN college football broadcaster Lee Corso.
  • In three seasons, the Federals/Renegades best record was 5-13.
  • During the Washington Federals only two years of play in the nation’s capitol, they were the most inept team in the USFL. Their NFL counterparts, the Washington Redskins, made appearances in the Super Bowl during both of those years.
  • The Washington Federals leading rusher was former SMU standout (where he teamed with future Hall-of-Famer Eric Dickerson) Craig James who would go on to play with the NFL’s New England Patriots before making a name for himself as a football broadcaster.

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