Rhode Island Steelers
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|Rhode Island Steelers (1966)|
|Atlantic Coast Football League (1966)
|McCoy Stadium (1966)|
|Players • Head Coaches • Executives|
The Rhode Island Steelers were a minor league American football team based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. They began play in the Atlantic Coast Football League in 1966 as a minor league affiliate of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers struggled both on and off the field. Early in the 1966 ACFL season the league provided financial assistance to the team to prevent them from leaving Pawtucket, where they never drew more than 3,000 fans for any home game.
The team's final game was a 48-7 loss to the Wilmington Clippers on October 1 in front of just 591 spectators. The next week the team announced they were withdrawing from the ACFL due to financial difficulties, having lost five games and tied one.
Week 2: at Virginia Sailors
|Virginia Sailors vs. Rhode Island Steelers (August 27, 1966)|
|Team(s)||Virginia Sailors vs. Rhode Island Steelers|
|Venue||Wakefield High School Stadium|
|1966 ACFL season by team|
|Lowell Giants • New Bedford Sweepers • Rhode Island Steelers • Scranton Miners • Waterbury Orbits|
|Atlantic City Sentaors • Harrisburg Capitols • Jersey Jets • Virginia Sailors • Wilmington Clippers|