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Vince Courville
Vince Courville
No. 44, 83
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1959-12-05) December 5, 1959 (age 59)
Galveston, Texas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school:Galveston (TX) Ball
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:2
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Games played:12
Pass Breakups:10
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at

Vincent Eric Courville (born December 5, 1959) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys. He was also a member of the Houston Gamblers in the United States Football League and the New York Knights in the Arena Football League. He played college football at Rice University.

Early years

Courville attended Ball High School, where he practiced football and track.[1] He enrolled at Ranger College.[2] After one year he transferred to Texas Southern University, where he practiced football and track. As a sophomore, he was voted the Southwest Athletic Conference Track Man of the Year.

He transferred to Rice University after his sophomore season. As a junior, he was a reserve wide receiver, making 11 receptions for 218 yards (third on the team), a 19.8-yard average (third on the team) and 5 touchdowns (second on the team). He also was the Southwest Conference 100 metres champion. As a senior, he had 6 receptions for 103 yards (fifth on the team), a 17.2-yard average (tied for third on the team) and 2 touchdowns.

Professional career

Montreal Concordes (CFL)

In 1983, he signed with the Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League. He was released before the start of the season.[3]

Los Angeles Raiders

Courville was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Raiders after the 1983 NFL Draft because he had elite speed. He was viewed more as an athlete than a football player and had trouble catching the football. He was waived before the start of the season on August 29.[4]

Houston Gamblers (USFL)

On October 24, 1983, he signed with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League. The team used the run and shoot offense and had Jim Kelly as its starting quarterback.

In 1984, he was a reserve wide receiver, appearing in 8 games, while registering 4 receptions for 83 yards (ninth on the tam), a 20.8-yard average (led the team), one touchdown and 9 kickoffs for 171 yards.[1] In 1985, he appeared in 18 games with one start, making 25 receptions for 473 yards (seventh on the team), a 18.9-yard average (led the team) and 4 touchdowns (fifth on the team).

On July 8, 1986, he was signed by the New Jersey Generals, but he would never play for the team after the league folded.[5]

Dallas Cowboys

On December 20, 1986, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.[6] He was released on August 31, 1987.

After the NFLPA strike was declared on the third week of the 1987 season, those contests were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. He was signed to be a part of the Dallas replacement team that was given the mock name "Rhinestone Cowboys" by the media.[7] He played in 2 games as a backup wide receiver and did not record any statistic. He was released on October 20.[8]

New York Knights (AFL)

In 1988, he played for the New York Knights of the Arena Football League and earned second-team All-Arena honors.[9] He finished with 28 receptions for 313 yards, 3 touchdowns and 53 tackles.

Buffalo Bills

On August 1, 1988, he was signed by the Buffalo Bills.[10] He was released on August 12.[11]

Houston Oilers

On May 4, 1989, he was signed by the Houston Oilers. He was released on September 4.[12]

New York/New Jersey Knights (WLAF)

On May 15, 1991, he signed with the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football, where he was converted into a cornerback.[13] He was released on April 17, 1992.[14]

Ohio Glory (WLAF)

On May 19, 1992, he signed with the Ohio Glory of the World League of American Football.[15] He was released before the start of the season.


  1. ^ a b "83 Vincent Courville". Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "VINCE COURVILLE". Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Book excerpt: For USFL's Houston Gamblers, high times on and off the field". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Who's playing today and for whom". Lakeland Ledger. October 4, 1987.
  8. ^ "Cowboys". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Vince Courville". Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Monday Sports Transactions". The Journal. August 2, 1988. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved 2019.

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