Classic SI Photos of the USFL

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Text: Jeff Pearlman,
Photo: Manny Rubio/SI

Herschel Walker, RB

Sports Illustrated Cover
March 7, 1983

The United States Football League (USFL) began play 30 years ago in the spring of 1983. The idea, officially concocted in May 1982, called for an 18-game schedule to be played in the spring, with nine of the 12 teams located in NFL markets. The league only lasted three seasons.

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