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Actually a decade earlier, the Memphis team in the now defunct World Football League was called the Memphis Southmen... they were also referred to as the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Q: Did Memphis TN ever have a pro football team called the Grizzlies before the Showboats or did they change the name from the Grizzlies to Showboats?
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