Huntsville Rockets

About The Huntsville Rockets Football Team

This post is about the Huntsville Rockets, an American football team that dissolved really fast.

Highlights:

  • Established in 1962 and folded in 1967
  • Based in Huntsville, Alabama, USA
  • Played their home games at Goldsmith–Schiffman Field, Huntsville

Who are the Huntsville Rockets?

The Huntsville Rockets were a pro football team headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. They existed for barely five years, from 1962 to 1967. During their existence, they used Goldsmith–Schiffman Field as their home stadium.

Huntsville Rockets logo

About four decades later, in 2012, the Gridiron Developmental Football League took their name as a memorial of the original Rockets team.

History

The Huntsville Rockets were initially formed in 1962. At this time, they were part of the Dixie Professional Football League, with Tommy Lewis as their head coach and Dave Sington as their line coach. The team won 17–1 in all games played in their first season.

Huntsville Rockets team

The Rockets joined the new Southern Professional Football League (SPFL) in 1963 and hired Al “Monk” Romine as their head coach. The team had to leave SPFL when it faltered in 1965 and became a member of the North American Football League (NAFL). They played in the NAFL Southern Division until 1966 alongside Dayton Colts, Annapolis Sailors, Florida Brahmans, Wilmington Comets, Mobile Tarpons, Baltimore Broncos, and Pennsylvania Mustangs.

In October 1966, they lost their NAFL franchise due to the inability to pay their debts to the league. They had five games left during this period.


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