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USFL HIRES NEW GENERAL MANAGERS FOR TWO TEAMS

The USFL today announced the hiring of new General Managers for two teams. Lonnie Young joins the Pittsburgh Maulers and Dave Razzano lands with the Tampa Bay Bandits. Both Young and Razzano bring decades of experience to the USFL after building Super Bowl teams in the NFL.

After being drafted by the old USFL New Jersey Generals in 1985, Young joined the NFL and played 12 seasons as a defensive back. Young was first hired as a scout in 2001 by the New York Jets before moving to the Arizona Cardinals scouting team for the next seven years. From 2008 to 2019, Young was a national scout for the Baltimore Ravens, earning a Super Bowl XLVII ring in 2013.

“Lonnie Young is a proven winner in the NFL and he’s already making an impact as our new General Manager,” said Maulers Head Coach Kirby Wilson. “Winning a championship starts with player scouting and evaluation, and together, I look forward to working with Lonnie to deliver a USFL title to Pittsburgh Maulers fans.”

Young and Razzano collaborated on the same Arizona Cardinals staff in 2008 when Kurt Warner led the team to a Super Bowl XLIII appearance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Prior to becoming a USFL General Manager, Razzano worked as Director of Football Research for the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2018-2021). His career also included stints with the San Francisco 49ers (1988-1992), where he earned two Super Bowl rings, the St. Louis Rams (1992-2006) where he won his third Super Bowl ring, the Arizona Cardinals (2006-2009), and Indianapolis Colts (2012-2018).

“I’ve known Dave Razzano for a long time through our NFL careers and he is an excellent evaluator of talent and will be a huge asset to me and our team,” said Bandits Head Coach Todd Haley, who was also the Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator for the 2008 Super Bowl team. “I’m really excited to work alongside Dave as our new General Manager as we build a championship team.”

Razzano and Young join six other General Managers who helped build teams for the USFL’s first season: Matt Boockmeier (New Orleans Breakers), Billy Devaney (New Jersey Generals),Steve Kazor (Michigan Panthers), Bob Morris (Houston Gamblers), Zach Potter (Birmingham Stallions), and Michael Woods (Philadelphia Stars). All eight team General Managers work closely with USFL Director of Player Personnel John Peterson and USFL Director of Player Administration Jim Popp.

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About the USFL:

The United States Football League (USFL) is a fan-first, player-driven, stand-alone professional spring league. The successful 2022 inaugural season finished on July 3 in Canton, Ohio, with the Birmingham Stallions winning the USFL Championship by defeating the Philadelphia Stars, 33-30. NBC Sports and FOX Sports are official media partners, presenting all 43 regular- and postseason games for the 8-team league. USFL co-founder Brian Woods is President of Football Operations. Former Dallas Cowboys standout and long-time NFL on FOX game analyst Daryl Johnston is Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating. For more information, visit theUSFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

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USFL Media Contact & League Spokesman:

Darryn James // Darryn.James@theUSFL.com

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