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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Bruce Miller (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, defensive back Bruce Miller.

A native of Acherman, Mississippi, Miller played his college football with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from 1981-1983, where he accumulated seven career interceptions for a program that went a combined 23-10-1 during his time there.

In the 1981 Tangerine Bowl, Southern Miss lost to Missouri, 19-17, but Miller returned an interception for a touchdown, and was named the game’s defensive Most Valuable Player.

After being undrafted in the 1983 NFL Draft, Miller joined the New Orleans Breakers in time for the 1984 USFL season.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Miller was the best defensive back for the Breakers during their lone year in New Orleans, intercepting five passes for 25 yards.

When the Breakers left New Orleans, and headed to Portland for the 1985 season, Miller went along, and picked off another six passes, which ranked him in the top ten in the league.

Miller finished 1985, and finished-up his professional football career, by spending the 1985 Canadian Football League season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he intercepted three more passes, giving him 14 for his professional career.

Below, watch highlights of the first game for the Breakers, as the New Orleans Breakers, as they defeat the San Antonio Gunslingers, 13-10, in week one of the 1984 USFL season, with quarterback Johnnie Walton hitting receiver Frank Lockett with the game-winning touchdown pass.

 

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