The new A11FL has confirmed it. The Michigan Panthers will be re-born.
— A11 Football League (@A11FL) February 27, 2014
League co-founder and Vice President cited the avid following of the old USFL team as a reason for selecting the location and team name to be one of the eight inaugural members of the newly created league:
“Of all the teams in the old USFL, the Michigan Panthers still have the most avid fan following, none more so than our President Michael Keller, who was formerly the Director of Football Operations for the USFL Panthers,” said Steve Humphries, A11FL Co-Founder/Vice President of Advanced Media. “We are really proud to be a part of the economic revival of Detroit and the great state of Michigan, and bring a really special football team brand back to the people.”
Both the Pontiac Silverdome, the home of the original Michigan Panthers, and Ford Field are being investigated as home sites. Former players who played their college ball in Michigan are already being discussed as possible targets for the re-born Panthers such as Dan LeFevour and Denard Robinson.
The USFL Panthers were among the league’s most successful teams, making the playoffs in both years of their existence including winning the league’s first championship in 1983. Among the greatest moments in their history was the home playoff win in front of 60,000 fans that sent them to the league title game in 1983. Thanks to youtube, you can check it out:
The new league is set to begin play in the spring of 2015 and aims to complement, not compete with, the NFL. You can read more about the league and its progressive offensive stance at a11fl.com.
The league released images of three helmet designs – “primary”, “steel blue” and “frostbite” – take a look.
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