San Antonio Riders
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Based in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Stadium/Home field Alamo Stadium (1991)
Bobcat Stadium (Texas State) (1992)
League WLAF / NFL Europa
Team colors
Head coach Mike Riley
Owner(s) Larry Benson
Team history
Founded 1991
Championships
/ World Bowl wins
None
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The San Antonio Riders were a professional American football team that played in the WLAF in 1991 and 1992. The team played at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio 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, 45 miles northeast of San Antonio, for the 1992 season after the San Antonio Independent School District refused to allow the sale of beer at WLAF games or the display of beer advertising at Alamo Stadium. In return, Riders ownership scrapped plans to fund $235,000 in renovations to the Stadium. In June 1991, SAISD officials announced plans for a rent increase on the Riders for the 1992 season. The relationship would last for only one 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 head coach for both seasons was Mike Riley.

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 for and serve as current head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, 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/Gold Miners to the CFL. The Riders were to change names to the San Antonio Texans (there was already a Rough Riders and a Roughriders, both of whom were known as the "Riders" for short), but the team folded abruptly prior to the 1993 season. The San Antonio Texans name would later be used for the aforementioned Gold Miners when they moved to San Antonio in 1995.

Season-by-season[edit | edit source]

Season League Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
1991 WLAF 4 6 0 .400 2nd (North American West)
1992 WLAF 7 3 0 .700 3rd (North American West)
Total 11 9 0 .550

1991 season[edit | edit source]

1991 San Antonio Riders season
Head Coach Mike Riley
General Manager John Peterson
Home Field Alamo Stadium
Results
Record 4–6
Place 3rd
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Season chronology
Previous Season Next Season
none 1992

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

1991 San Antonio Riders staff
Front Office
  • Owner/President – Larry J. Benson
  • Vice President/General Manager – John Peterson
  • Assistant Director of Football Operations – Billy Schott
  • Business Manager - Greg Korn



Head Coaches



Offensive Coaches



Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Greg Newhouse
  • Defensive Line/Special Teams – Don Wnek
  • Defensive Backs – Bill Bradley
Strength and Conditioning

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Roster[edit | edit source]

1991 San Antonio Riders roster
Quarterbacks



Running Backs



Wide Receivers

Tight Ends
  • 87 Charlie Darrington
  • 82 Ronnie Williams


Offensive Linemen



Defensive Linemen

  • 93 David Bailey DE
  • 97 John Fletcher DE
  • 96 Donnie Gardner DE
  • 99 Greg Ross NT

Linebackers

  • 50 Terrence Cooks OLB
  • 55 Greg Gilbert ILB
  • 94 Mark Ledbetter OLB
  • 53 Derrick Little
  • 58 Roderick Manning OLB
  • 51 Eric Snelson
  • 57 Tim Walton ILB


Defensive Backs

  • 28 Anthony Cooney S
  • 40 Carlo Cheattom S
  • 22 Sean Dykes CB
  • 29 Greg Lee S
  • 25 Calvin Nicholson CB
Defensive Backs (cont'd)
  • 44 Gary Richard CB
  • 26 Rickey Royal CB
  • 24 Ken Watson CB
  • 46 Kennedy Wilson S



Special Teams

Operation Discovery
  • 72 Stefan Bjorkman OL 14px
  • 41 John Hyllienmark DB 14px
  • 78 Stefan Ohrvall DL 14px
  •  5 Marco Rueda K 14px



Rookies in italics

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Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Played at Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Monday, March 25 8:00 p.m. at Orlando Thunder L 34–35 0–1 Florida Citrus Bowl 21,714
2 Monday, April 1 7:00 p.m. Frankfurt Galaxy L 3–10 0–2 Alamo Stadium 18,432
3 Sunday, April 7 12:00 p.m. Sacramento Surge W 10–3 1–2 Alamo Stadium 6,772
4 Monday, April 15 8:00 p.m. at Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks W 37–15 2–2 Carter–Finley Stadium 11,818
5 Saturday, April 20 7:00 p.m. Barcelona Dragons W 22–14 3–2 Alamo Stadium 16,500
6 Monday, April 29 7:00 p.m. at Birmingham Fire L 12–16 3–3 Legion Field 8,114
7 Monday, May 6 7:00 p.m. London Monarchs L 15–38 3–4 Alamo Stadium 12,328
8 Saturday, May 11 8:00 p.m. at Barcelona Dragons L 7–17 3–5 Montjuic Stadium 23,670
9 Sunday, May 19 11:30 a.m. Montreal Machine W 27–10 4–5 Alamo Stadium 20,234
10 Saturday, May 25 8:00 p.m. at New York/New Jersey Knights L 9–38 4–6 Giants Stadium 32,857

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1992 season[edit | edit source]

1992 San Antonio Riders season
Head Coach Mike Riley
General Manager John Peterson
Home Field Alamo Stadium
Results
Record 7–3
Place 3rd (North American West)
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Season chronology
Previous Season Next Season
1991 none

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff/Coaches[edit | edit source]

1992 San Antonio Riders staff
Front Office
  • President/Managing Partner – Larry J. Benson
  • Limited Partner – Tom Landry
  • Vice President/General Manager – John Peterson
  • Business Manager - Greg Korn
  • Assistant Director of Football Operations – Billy Schott
  • Scouting Assistant – Jeff Beathard



Head Coaches



Offensive Coaches



Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Greg Newhouse
  • Defensive Line/Special Teams – Don Wnek
  • Defensive Backs – Bill Bradley

Roster[edit | edit source]

1992 San Antonio Riders roster
Quarterbacks
  • 8 Brad Goebel
  • 10 Mike Johnson
  • 12 Craig Kupp



Running Backs

  • 27 Tony Boles
  • 33 Ivory Lee Brown
  • 34 Dewaine Jones
  • 30 Cisco Richard
  • 20 George Searcy



Wide Receivers

  • 81 Darrell Colbert
  • 89 Titus Dixon
  • 86 Lee Morris
  • 80 Wayne Walker



Tight Ends

  • 85 Danta Whitaker
  • 88 John Ford
  • 82 Ronnie Williams
Offensive Linemen
  • 71 Mike Kiselak G
  • 62 Ben Mitchell G
  • 73 Mike Nord T
  • 52 Erik Norgard G/C
  • 78 Peter Shorts T
  • 67 John Vitale C
  • 75 Doug Williams T



Defensive Linemen

  • 95 Dick Chapura NT
  • 93 Willie Fears NT
  • 99 Greg Ross DE
  • 91 Chris Thieneman DE
  • 92 Robb White DE



Linebackers

  • 50 Terrence Cooks OLB
  • 51 Patrick Hinton ILB
  • 55 Malvin Hunter ILB
  • 94 Mark Ledbetter OLB
  • 57 Tim Walton ILB
  • 54 Albert Williams OLB
Defensive Backs
  • 28 Anthony Cooney S
  • 26 Greg Eaglin CB
  • 48 Bobby Humphery CB
  • 29 Greg Lee S
  • 24 Chris Oldham S
  • 44 Gary Richard CB
  • -- Kip Texada CB



Special Teams

  • 6 Jim Gallery K
  • 1 Kent Sullivan P



Operation Discovery

  • Vacant

Schedule/Results[edit | edit source]

Regular Season results
Date Opponent Result Record Attend.
03/22/1992 Montreal Machine @ San Antonio Riders W, 17-16 1-0-0 10,698
03/29/1992 San Antonio Riders @ Birmingham Fire L, 17-10 1-1-0 16,250
04/04/1992 (Sat.) San Antonio Riders @ New York/New Jersey Knights W, 9-3 2-1-0 33,659
04/11/1992 (Sat.) San Antonio Riders @ Sacramento Surge W, 23-20 OT 3-1-0 20,625
04/19/1992 Ohio Glory @ San Antonio Riders W, 17-0 4-1-0 10,422
04/25/1992 (Sat.) Birmingham Fire @ San Antonio Riders W, 17-14 5-1-0 13,590
05/03/1992 Orlando Thunder @ San Antonio Riders L, 39-21 5-2-0 12,555
05/10/1992 San Antonio Riders @ Barcelona Dragons W, 17-0 6-2-0 41,220
05/17/1992 San Antonio Riders @ Frankfurt Galaxy W, 43-14 7-2-0 31,600
05/23/1992 (Sat.) Sacramento Surge @ San Antonio Riders L, 27-21 7-3-0 19,273

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Official 1991 World League of American Football Media Guide. 
  2. 1992 San Antonio Riders Media Guide. 
  3. The Official 1992 World League Fact Book. 
World League of American Football/NFL Europa
Teams
Teams Teams (cont'd)
Seasons
1991 1992 1993 no season 1994 no season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007

See also[edit source]

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