Once called "the rock of Miami's defense" by head coach Howard Schnellenberger, Tony Fitzpartick was selected by the expansion Houston Gamblers in the 7th round (128th overall) in the 1984 USFL Draft. He would become an instant contributor by starting all 18 games and recording 13.5 sacks in 1984. He added an impressive 55.5 tackles and a fumble recovery while being voted second team All-USFL by the league writers and broadcasters in his rookie season. Fitzpatrick's statistics for the 1985 season are not so easy to come by but he did record 4 sacks on the season. After the USFL folded, Fitzpatrick headed north in 1986 and signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders, where he joined former Gamblers defensive lineman Lloyd Lewis. Fitzpatrick would only suit up for the Rough Riders for three games in 1986 and registered two sacks. Fitzpatrick closed out his pro career with the Houston Oilers in 1987. Since his career ended, he worked for many years as an assistant coach with the University of Houston and has done sports radio work in Houston.
Here Come the Gamblers! 1984 Central Division Champions
Rodney Brown - Cornerback (Central Arkansas)
Rodney Brown was the Houston Gamblers second 15th round selection (311th overall) in the 1984 USFL Draft. He made the squad but was placed on the team’s developmental roster on February 24, 1984 at the end of training camp. He was among players released by the Gamblers on March 9, 1984 to make room for RB Mark Rush and LB Eric Scoggins on the developmental squad after week two of the 1984 USFL regular season. Brown never played a regular season game with the Gamblers and this jersey was likely only put to use in the 1984 preseason where the Gamblers played against the Jacksonville Bulls and Oklahoma Outlaws.