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1982 Players






1983 Players

KR Tony Abbott

  Washington County Grizzlies (1982-1983)


Years of Operation: 1982-1983


Overall Record


First Game:


First Win:


Final Game:

League Affiliation:  




Team Headquarters:

Owner: Dr Frank Nash, Dr. Bob Fisher


General Manager:




Home Field(s): Hillsboro Hare Field, Tigard HS, Jesuit HS, Portland University

Titles Won

1982 Northwest International League Championship










The Washington County Grizzlies is well known as one of the classiest teams of the era and ran as close to a professional organization as possible.  According to Bob Cole, the team sported a paid 5-man coaching staff, equipment manager, trainer, and camp facility agreement with Concordia College.  The players were fully insured, a leased team bus complete with AC, and meals paid for while traveling.  In 1982 the home games were watched by a reported 3,500 fans per game.


The team went on to upset the Oregon City Steelheads for the 1982 Championship.


Following the death of Dr. Nash's wife in 1984, he lost interest in minor league football and sold the team gear to a new team in Bellevue called the Express which had former Grizzly player Dee Strong as it's face.


The Vancouver Grizzlies were a completely different team in 1984 and was not associated with the Washington County club.

1982 Schedule/Results (0-0):

Aug 7 @ King County Vikings 10-0
Sep 18 @ Seattle Cavaliers 33-6
Oct 2 - Seattle Cavaliers 46-7
Oct 16 @ West Seattle Warhawks 22-15
Nov 13 - Oregon City Steelheads ** 27-14
1983 Schedule/Results (0-0):  
Aug 6 - Spokane Fury 0-43
Aug 13 @ Portland Steelheads 7-18
Aug 27 - West Seattle Warhawks 14-22
Sep 3 @  
Sep 11 - Spokane Fury 0-15







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