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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Anthony Steels (VIDEO)

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The New Orleans Breakers were a United States Football League franchise that played in the Louisiana Superdome for one season, in 1984. The Breakers began their USFL tenure in Boston, in 1983, but a stadium issue forced a move, allowing New Orleans real estate developer Joe Canizaro to buy the team, and move it to New Orleans for the 1984 season.

In 1984, the Breakers began the season 5-0, but went 3-10 the rest of the way, and missed the USFL playoffs.

New Orleans supported the team well, with the Breakers averaging 30,557 per game, but the USFL opted to move their schedule from the spring to the fall in 1986, and with the Saints in town, the franchise elected to move to Portland for the 1985 season.

All summer long, we’re looking back at former players for the New Orleans Breakers.

Today, running back Anthony Steels:

Born in Sacramento, California, Steels went on to play his college football at Nebraska from 1979-1981, rushing for 232 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries, while catching 33 passes for 486 yards and three touchdowns, and compiling 679 return yards.

Out of football in 1982, Steels joined the Boston Breakers in 1983, rushing 55 times for 237 yards and one touchdown, while catching 20 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Steels also returned 13 kickoffs for 204 yards, along with eight punt returns for another 45 yards.

When the Breakers moved to New Orleans in 1984, so did Steels, where he compiled 380 all-purpose yards, including 141 rushing, 66 receiving, and 173 return.

In 1985, Steels played for both the Buffalo Bills and the San Diego Chargers of the NFL, before ending his professional career in 1987 with the Chargers, after being out of football in 1986.

Steels totaled 615 all-purpose yards in 17 career NFL games.

Below, watch Steels, wearing number 33, and the Boston Breakers, take on the Michigan Panthers, from week 12 of the 1984 USFL season, back on Sunday, May 13, 1984:


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