The San Antonio Riders
were a professional American football
team that played in the WLAF
in 1991 and 1992. The team played in the Alamo Stadium
in 1991 and then were forced to move to Bobcat Stadium
on the campus of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University
) in San Marcos, Texas
for the 1992 season.
The team was owned by Larry Benson, the brother of Tom Benson
(owner of the New Orleans Saints
of the NFL). The general managers were Tom Landry
(Pro Football Hall of Fame
coach) and Tom Landry, Jr.
The team's record in 1991 was 4-6. San Antonio turned things around in 1992 with a mark of 7-3. The Riders were not able to compete in the highly competitive North American West Division during the 1992 season, and like the Frankfurt Galaxy
of 1991, they did not make the playoffs despite a 7-3 record.
Former players include professional wrestler John "Bradshaw" Layfield
, better known as JBL of World Wrestling Entertainment
(WWE), Jason Garrett
who not only went on to play with the Dallas Cowboys
, but in 2010 became their interim head coach, and head coach Mike Riley
, who went on to coach the San Diego Chargers
of the NFL.
After the 1992 season saw the suspension of the WLAF (and ultimately the abandonment of North American teams), Benson applied to the Canadian Football League
to have the Riders join that league instead for the 1993 season. The CFL accepted, and admitted the Riders and the Sacramento Surge
to the CFL. The Riders were to change... Read More