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The best USFL quarterbacks of all time

The  USFL (United States Football League) starred some of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the sport. Legends like Jim Kelly and Steve Young played at the height of the sport’s competition, breaking records and exciting fans. Here are some of the best USFL quarterbacks of all time.

Jim Kelly, Houston

Jim Kelly played just two seasons with the Houston Gamblers before moving to the NFL. And with 11 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills under his belt, this legendary quarterback is remembered for a reason. With an excellent career rating and having played in many great games, including the infamous “Greatest Game No One Saw”, Kelly left his mark on the sport. In his time with the NFL and USFL, he finished with 320 touchdowns and over 45,000 passing yards before retiring in 2001.

Chuck Fusina, Philadelphia/Baltimore

Successful in College Football, NFL, and USFL, Chuck Fusina is one of the greats. His career record is impressive, with seven USFL seasons with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, including three title games and two back-to-back season wins in 1984 and 1985. Fusina was also the MVP of the 1984 title game. He posted a league-best 48-13-1 record during his time in the USFL, and only one other quarterback made over 10,000 passing yards during his time. In 2015, Fusina joined the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame with his head coach Joe Paterno.

Steve Young, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Express were desperate for a positive change in 1984 when they signed Steve Young for a whopping $40 million. The LA side certainly got what they were looking for in Young. In just two seasons, he passed 4,102 yards, rushed for 883, and scored 16 touchdowns. Following the closure of the USFL, Young played for Tampa Bay and then San Francisco. Here, Young won an NFL MVP award, became the passing league champion and won Super Bowl XXIX. Over his lengthy career, Young played 15 NFL seasons and became NFL MVP in 1992 and 1994.

John Reaves, Tampa Bay

As one of the greatest players to grace the 70s and 80s, John Reaves played quarterback for 11 seasons in the NFL and three seasons in the USFL. With over 10,000 passing yards, he broke records in Florida and is still considered one of the greats. Watching Reaves play would be an exhilarating experience for USFL fans. An unforgettable time matched only by the biggest and best surprises, comparable for example to the excitement and thrill of live online casino gaming. It’s no wonder John Reaves has left such an impact on the sport, he style of playing is simply captivating for all fans.


These are our top picks for the best USFL quarterbacks. We could have also included Tampa Bay’s Doug Williams, Calgary Stampeders’ Doug Flutie, or New Orleans Saints’ Bobby Herbert. Let us know who your favourites are and who you think we missed!

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