BLITZ TRIVIA

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Dr. Ted Diethrich is the founder of the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix.  Today he continues his work there, and also appears on local Phoenix television with segments on heart health.
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George Allen's tenure with the Blitz was his last stop as a pro football coach.  He would go on to coach at Long Beach State in 1990, but died on New Years Eve that year.
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Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.  His son George was a member of the United States Senate from 1997 to 2003, representing Virginia.

Both majority owners of the Blitz, Drs. Ted Diethrich and James Hoffman, lived far removed from the Chicago area.  Diethrich called Phoenix, Arizona home (this later would prove a key factor behind the "franchise swap" between the Blitz and the Arizona Wranglers after the 1983 season), while Hoffman called Milwaukee home.

A unique feature of the Chicago Blitz was their inclusion of the Chicago city flag on its helmet.  Allen requested its inclusion.

The Blitz signed Tim Wrightman to the first USFL contract on August 5, 1982.  Wrightman would, unlike most of the 340-plus players signed to contracts by the team, go on to make the 1983 Blitz squad.

In a poll conducted by the Pittsburgh Press newspaper in March 1983, the Blitz was chosen by readers as "the most fierce" team nickname in the USFL.

On July 6, 1982, George Allen announced a "Name the Team" contest would be conducted, suggesting that "The name should be aggressive... short and puncy, probably no more than six or seven letters."  Over the next 10 days the team received over 20,000 suggestions of 3,351 different names, including Aces, Butchers, Cohos, Fury, Grizzlies, Hit Men, Rhinos, Skyscrapers, Zephyrs, and of course, Blitz.

The Blitz name was submitted by Mike Wehrli of Naperville, Illinois, who included with the name a detailed list of 20 reasons why it should be selected.

George Allen's son Bruce served as the Blitz General Manager in 1983, starting a front office career that continues today in the National Football League.
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