Maurice Carthon

Carthon became the punishing fullback Bill Parcells was looking for with the Giants

New Jersey Generals

Maurice Carthon came to the USFL out of Arkansas State, where they ran the wishbone. “The USFL gave me the opportunity to work on the skills that I didn’t have as a pass receiver and blocker,” says Carthon, who had interest from the Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys, before he decided to join Herschel Walker in the backfield in New Jersey.

Despite New Jersey's failures on the field with a 6-12 record in '83, there was plenty of attention given to the Heisman Trophy winner Walker. “He was the first big-name guy that gave the league credibility,” says Carthon.  “I remember when the helicopter would come and wisked him away to press conferences.”

For a city as big as New York, Carthon wasn't overwhelmed by the media. “It wasn’t too bad,” says Carthon.  “We were second-class citizens in New York – behind the Giants and Jets, even-though they were struggling.”

After the 1983 season, real estate tycoon Donald Trump bought the Generals and the “Don” became a national figure. Trump, in all his decadence, opened up the vault and signed NFL veterans like QB Brian Sipe and offensive lineman Dave Lapham on offense – two playoff-tested veterans from the AFC Central.

Carthon remembers when Donald Trump was looking to fire the Generals offensive coordinator Chris Palmer