Whit Taylor was a star all-Southeastern Conference quarterback for the Vanderbilt University football team from 1979-1982. He was the star quarterback on the 1982 team that finished 8-4 and played in the Hall of Fame Bowl. That season is Vanderbilt's most recent winning season. Taylor was a star player from Shelbyville, Tennessee, before he attended and played for Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Bobby Joseph Hebert Jr. , (born August 19, 1960, in Cut Off, Louisiana) is an American sportscaster but best known as a retired American football quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. He played professionally in the USFL and NFL from 1983 to 1996 for the Michigan Panthers, Oakland Invaders, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons. Nicknamed the "Cajun Cannon", Hebert led the Panthers to the USFL championship in the league's inaugural season.
Anthony Carter (born September 17, 1960 in Riviera Beach, Florida) is a former American football wide receiver. He finished his college career as the University of Michigan's all-time leading receiver, and played professionally for thirteen years in the United States Football League and the National Football League. He was also known as 'AC'.
John Banaszak was a professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1975-1981. He is a 3 time Super Bowl Champion. John was a starter at Right Defensive End for the Steelers in Super Bowls XIII & XIV. He later played in the USFL. Won the 1983 USFL Championship as a starting Defensive End for the Michigan Panthers. Played for Michigan in 1983 & 84 and 1985 for the Memphis Showboats. After his football career, Banaszak went into coaching.
Tyrone McGriff (January 13, 1958 in Vero Beach, Florida – December 9, 2000 in Melbourne, Florida) is a former American football center and guard who played in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers, He later played in the USFL. Won the 1983 USFL Championship as a starting Guard for the Michigan Panthers. Played for Michigan in 1983 & 84 and 1985 for the Memphis Showboats. He was Mr. Irrelevant, aka, the last pick (333rd Overall) in the 1980 NFL Draft.
Raymond Earl Pinney (born June 29, 1954) is a former NFL offensive tackle and guard who played seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft. Was the Steelers Starting Right Tackle in Super Bowl XIII. He played in the USFL. Won the 1983 USFL Championship as a starting Tackle for the Michigan Panthers. Played for Michigan in 1983 & 84 and 1985 for the Oakland Invaders.
Dave Pureifory (born July 12, 1949 in Pensacola, Florida; died March 5, 2009 in Ypsilanti, Michigan) is a former professional American football defensive lineman for three teams in an eleven-year career in the National Football League. He played at Eastern Michigan University, where he learned and trained in a very effective, fairly unheard of martial art. At Eastern, he met the honorable Ping Shudo, Shihon in the the art of Jishukan-Ryu Jujitsu.
Christopher James Godfrey (born May 17, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American football guard in the National Football League, primarily for the New York Giants. He started in Super Bowl XXI. Godfrey played college football at the University of Michigan. He also played with the Michigan Panthers of the USFL. His daughter Mary currently competes on the Michigan Wolverine's swimming team.
Michael DeForest Wilson (born October 20, 1947 in Wilmington, Ohio) was an American football player who played tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills from 1969 to 1975. He later played with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 1979-1980, where he was an All-Star and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award both seasons.
John Corker (born December 29, 1958 in Miami, Florida) is a former American football linebacker who played four seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Houston Oilers. He also played with the Michigan Panthers and the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League. Corker graduated from South Miami High School in 1976 where he played football and basketball.
David Mark Greenwood (born March 25, 1960 in Park Falls, Wisconsin) is a former American football safety who played three seasons in the National Football League. Previously, he played in the United States Football League also as a punter for the Michigan Panthers and the Oakland Invaders. He played in all 16 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985, starting 10, but was cut early in training camp the next year due to inconsistency.
Novo Bojovic is a former placekicker. Bojovic played college football at Central Michigan before embarking on a career in professinal football which lasted nine years. Bojovic began his career in pro football with the United States Football League's Michigan Panthers in 1983. During Bojovic's rookie season of 1983 he played in his first of two USFL championship games. In the 1983 USFL championship game the Michigan Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Stars 24 to 22 to become USFL champions.
Derek Lance Holloway is a former wide receiver in the United States Football League, the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, the World League of American Football and the Arena Football League.
Larry Bethea (July 21, 1956 – April 24, 1987) was an American football defensive lineman who played six years in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He later played for the Michigan Panthers, Oakland Invaders and Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League. He played college football at Michigan State University. He died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound within hours of being identified as a suspect in two armed robberies.
Thomas Dornbrook (born December 1, 1956 in Berea, Ohio) is a former professional American football player who played Center & Guard for two seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers 1979, where he earned a ring for Super Bowl XIV, and the Miami Dolphins 1980. He later played in the USFL Won the 1983 USFL Championship as the starting center for the Michigan Panthers. Played for Michigan in 1983 & 84 and 1985 for the Orlando Renegades.