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  Sea-Tac Flyers (1973-1977) Burien Flyers (1978-80)

 

Years of Operation: 1973-80

 

Overall Record

 

First Game: Aug 18, 1973 vs Seattle Cavaliers

 

First Win:

 

Final Game:

League Affiliation:  

Northwest International Football League (1978-79)

Pacific Northwest Football League (1980)

 

 

Team Headquarters:

 

Team Colors: Royal Blue, Orange, White

Owner:

 

General Manager: Phil Pompeo; Tim Robinson (1973), Cliff Crenshaw (1973)

 

Coaches: Terry Totten (1973), Barney Smith (1973), Randy Thomason (1973)

 

Home Field(s): Highline Stadium

Titles Won

1978 Northwest International League Champions

 

 

 

Honors

 

All-League


All-America

 

 

Most famous alum is Sam J. Jones who played briefly with the Flyers before becoming the actor who portrayed 1980 earthling superhero "Flash Gordon" as well as other Sci Fi Channel roles.

 

Sam Jones in a 1980 movie promo poster as fictional New York Jets Quarterback "Flash Gordon"

 

1973 was the first season for the Sea-Tac Flyers when it was organized by Tim Robinson.  The Flyers name was chosen because of his military appointment to Wiesbaden, Germany and the "Flyers" team there.  Players on the initial roster:

12-QB Randy Thomason

60- G Barney Smith

50- C Phil Pompeo

20- RB Howard Rogers

22- DB Mike Crotty

41- RB Jim Bain

75- T/PK Ron Yates

11- QB/E Randy Kramer

21- RB/P Steve Blake

30- LB Tom Iddings

40- DB Steve Cagwin

51- C Dean Barry

61- G/LB Steve Vert

72- T Chuck Spanier

80- WR/DB Mike Roedell

22- DB Mark Gilbert

31- E/DB Mike Robbins

42- WR Ray Bell

52- LB Jeff Schuetzle

62- G/LB Tom Sonn

73- T Gary Bell

82- WR Mike O'Bryan

23- WR/DB Tom Frank

44- LB Randy Markus

63- G Jim Young

74- T Joe Whetung

24- WR Dan Stevenson

64- G David Marincovich

32- S Jackie McKinon

 

Midway through the season, the legendary Dick Barnes, then 56 years old suited up for the Flyers.

 

 

 

The 1978 Flyers made an incredible run through the NwIFL defeating the Bengals twice in three tries after the Bengals had gone five years without losing to a league opponent.

 

QB Bill Donckers, released from the St. Louis Cardinals after 2 seasons of backup duty and one year with the WFL Honolulu Hawaiians, joined the team in mid-season to create a quarterback controversy with starter Dave Lutes.  Donckers was perfect in his NFL career completing 9 of 9 passes.

 

Lutes scored the only touchdown of the '78 championship on a 1-yard plunge and Mark Kreutz sealed the victory with his 3rd interception of the game.

 

 

 

1973 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
 Aug 18 - Seattle Cavaliers 0-28
Aug 25 @ British Columbia Chargers 14-13
Sep 1 @ Monroe Reformatory Tigers  
Sep 8 @ Whidbey Islanders  
Sep 15 @ Pierce County Bengals 0-45
Sep 22 - Whatcom County Lakers  
Sep 29 - Skagit Valley Raiders 20-12
Oct 6 @ Snohomish County Ramblers  
Oct 14 - Eastside Bulldogs  
Oct 28 @ Burnaby B.C. Barons  
   
   
   
1978 Schedule/Results (11-1):  
Aug 12 - Seattle Titans 48-0
Aug 19 - Pierce County Bengals 14-3
Aug 26 - Snohomish County Ramblers 25-6
Sept 2 - Skagit Valley Raiders W
Sept 9 - Seattle Titans W
Sept 23 - Seattle Cavaliers W
Sept 30 @ Pierce County Bengals 0-10
Oct 7 @ Kitsap County Chiefs W
Oct 14 @ Seattle Cavaliers 19-0
Oct 21 - Kitsap County Chiefs 36-0
Oct 28 - Kitsap County Chiefs * 26-0
Nov 4 @ Pierce County Bengals ** 7-3
   
1979 Schedule/Results (4-5):  
Aug 4 - NWIFL Jamboree  
Aug 11 - Van-Port Thunderbirds  
Aug 18 - Seattle Cavaliers 16-21
Aug 25 @ Spokane Golden Hawks 14-16
Sept 1 - Kitsap County Chiefs 51-10
Sept 15 @ Pierce County Bengals 7-62
Sept 22 @ Van-Port Thunderbirds 23-19
Sept 29 @ Skagit Valley Raiders 24-17
Oct 6 - Pierce County Bengals 7-30
Oct 13 @ Edmonds Chargers 20-0
Oct 20 - Spokane Golden Hawks 20-28
   

1980 Schedule/Results (1-0):

 
Aug 9 - Portland Thunderbirds

30-20

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

   
   
   
   

Phil Pompeo & Tim Robinson with the Elmo Hudgens Trophy the Flyers won in 1978
 
 
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