Memphis Southmen

Facts and information about the Memphis Southmen

  • The Southmen made the biggest news as far as player signings when they signed Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Paul Warfield away from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
  • Memphis was one of two teams to play in both the 1974 and 1975 season with the same ownership, the other was Philadelphia.
  • Memphis, along with Birmingham, attempted to join the NFL after the WFL folded, but were denied.
  • The Memphis Southmen organization would later file an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL which wasn’t officially dismissed until 1984.
  • Memphis was one of three teams to finish above .500 in both WFL seasons (the others were Birmingham and Southern California).
  • The Memphis Southmen were also known as the Memphis Grizzlies, a name later associated with the NBA when the Vancouver Grizzlies basketball team was relocated to Memphis, Tennessee.
  • The Memphis Southmen were owned by John Bassett who would go on to be the owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL in the 1980s.
  • The King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley, was a fan of the Southmen and was at the team’s home opener in their first season in the league.
  • The Memphis Southmen lost their last game the team played in a shutout 21-0 to the Birmingham Vulcans.

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