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San Antonio Riders

San Antonio Riders
San Antonio Riders helmet
San Antonio Riders logo
Year founded 1991
Year retired 1992
City San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Team colors Brown, Metallic Gold, Burnt Orange, White, Scarlet, Blue, Vegas Gold [1]
Franchise W-L-T record Regular Season: 11–9

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–San Marcos) 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 display 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 and is currently the head coach at the University of Nebraska.

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 1
  • 1991 season 2
    • Personnel 2.1
      • Staff 2.1.1
      • Roster 2.1.2
    • Schedule 2.2
  • 1992 season 3
    • Personnel 3.1
      • Staff 3.1.1
      • Roster 3.1.2
    • Results 3.2
  • References 4


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

1991 San Antonio Riders season
Head coach Mike Riley
General manager John Peterson
Owner Larry Benson
Home field Alamo Stadium
Record 4–6
Division place 3rd
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season Next season





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Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site 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





Week 1: San Antonio 17, Montreal Machine 16
Week 2: Birmingham Fire 17, San Antonio 10
Week 3: San Antonio 9, New York/New Jersey Knights 3
Week 4: San Antonio 23, Sacramento Surge 20 (OT)
Week 5: San Antonio 17, Ohio Glory 0
Week 6: San Antonio 17, Birmingham Fire 14
Week 7: Orlando Thunder 39, San Antonio 21
Week 8: San Antonio 17, Barcelona Dragons 0
Week 9: San Antonio 43, Frankfurt Galaxy 14
Week 10: Sacramento Surge 27, San Antonio 21


  1. ^ "Team Colors – WLAF". Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c The Official 1991 World League of American Football Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1992 San Antonio Riders Media Guide. 
  4. ^ The Official 1992 World League Fact Book. 
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