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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Bill Gompf (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, linebacker Bill Gompf:

Born in Laguna Beach, California, Gompf went to Laguna Beach High School, before moving on to play his college football at Utah, where he was credited with 380 tackles and ten interceptions between 1979-1981.

Out of football in 1982, Gompf joined the Boston Breakers in 1983, where he collected 29 tackles.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Gompf also returned one kick for 18 yards.

When the Breakers moved to New Orleans in 1984, so did Gompf, where he totaled 54 tackles, and also had the lone interception of his career.

The 1984 season proved to be the last one for the Breakers in New Orleans, and the last one in professional football for Gompf.

Below, watch Gompf, wearing number 55, and the New Orleans Breakers, take on the New Jersey Generals, from week 16 of the 1984 USFL season, back on Sunday, June 10, 1984:


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