Chicago Blitz

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Chicago Blitz
First Season
Team History
Chicago Blitz (1983-84)
United States Football League (1983-84)
  • Western Conference (1984)
  • Central Division (1983-84)
Soldier Field (1983-84)
Key People
Players • Head Coaches • Executives

The Chicago Blitz was a professional American football team that played in the United States Football League for its first two seasons. They played at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Blitz were one of the twelve charter franchises of the USFL.

With four games left in the 1984 USFL season, a press conference was held announcing that the Blitz would be shut down. At the same time, the USFL awarded a new Chicago franchise to Chicago White Sox minority owner Eddie Einhorn. While it was stressed that Einhorn's franchise was not the Blitz, Einhorn retained the rights to all Blitz players and coaching staff—strongly implying the team would play in the 1985 season. Einhorn was only willing to field a team in 1985 if he could merge with another franchise and was allowed to select players in an expansion draft. When the league refused to agree to these terms, he opted to sit out the 1985 season.


Programs by season


Week Date Opponent Venue
Week 1 March 6 at Washington Federals RFK Stadium
Week 2 March 12 at Arizona Wranglers Sun Devil Stadium
Week 3 March 20 vs. Denver Gold Soldier Field
Week 4 March 27 vs. Los Angeles Express Soldier Field
Week 5 April 2 at Tampa Bay Bandits Tampa Stadium
Week 6 April 10 vs. Birmingham Stallions Soldier Field
Week 7 April 17 at Michigan Panthers Pontiac Silverdome
Week 8 April 25 vs. New Jersey Generals Soldier Field
Week 9 May 1 at Los Angeles Express Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Week 10 May 8 vs. Washington Federals Soldier Field
Week 14 June 6 at Boston Breakers Nickerson Field
Week 15 June 12 vs. Tampa Bay Bandits Soldier Field
Week 17 June 26 vs. Michigan Panthers Soldier Field
Week 18 July 3 vs. Oakland Invaders Soldier Field
Week 4 March 17 vs. Oklahoma Outlaws Soldier Field
Week 6 March 31 at Washington Federals RFK Stadium
Week 7 April 7 vs. San Antonio Gunslingers Soldier Field
Week 8 April 15 at Philadelphia Stars Veterans Stadium
Week 9 April 20 vs. Los Angeles Express Soldier Field
Week 12 May 11 at Denver Gold Mile High Stadium
Week 14 May 28 vs. New Jersey Generals Soldier Field

Media guides and yearbooks by season

Media guides

1980s 1983 • 1984
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United States Football League
1983 Teams Arizona Wranglers • Birmingham Stallions • Boston Breakers • Chicago Blitz • Denver Gold • Los Angeles Express • Michigan Panthers • New Jersey Generals • Oakland Invaders • Philadelphia Stars • Tampa Bay Bandits • Washington Federals
1984 Teams Arizona Wranglers • Birmingham Stallions • Chicago Blitz • Denver Gold • Houston Gamblers • Jacksonville Bulls • Los Angeles Express • Memphis Showboats • Michigan Panthers • New Jersey Generals • New Orleans Breakers • Oakland Invaders • Oklahoma Outlaws • Philadelphia Stars • Pittsburgh Maulers • San Antonio Gunslingers • Tampa Bay Bandits • Washington Federals
1985 Teams Arizona Outlaws • Baltimore Stars • Birmingham Stallions • Denver Gold • Houston Gamblers • Jacksonville Bulls • Los Angeles Express • Memphis Showboats • New Jersey Generals • Oakland Invaders • Orlando Renegades • Portland Breakers • San Antonio Gunslingers • Tampa Bay Bandits
Seasons 1983 • 1984 • 1985
Venues Alamo Stadium • Gator Bowl • Giants Stadium • Legion Field • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Mile High Stadium • Nickerson Field • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum • RFK Stadium • Soldier Field • Tampa Stadium • Three Rivers Stadium • Veterans Stadium
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