The USFL was created in 1982...
and played its first season of competitive football in 1983. The dominant teams, the Los Angeles Express and the New Jersey Generals, had huge fan followings. The Los Angeles Express regularly signed the best players, and the New York/New Jersey Generals had Donald Trump as an owner. Such NFL icons like Jim Kelly, Reggie White, and Herschel Walker all played in the USFL, as did current Hall-of-Famer Steve Young. Not only was this league competitive, it regularly drafted the best players out of college well before the NFL draft took place.