New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Buford Jordan – VIDEO
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 Buford Jordan.
A native of Iota, Louisiana, Jordan played his college football at McNeese St., where he was became the state’s all-time leading rusher, playing from 1980-1983.
He joined the New Orleans Breakers in 1984 and led the team in rushing, with 1276 yards, along with eight touchdowns
With the Portland Breakers, in 1985, Jordan rushed for another 817 yards and five touchdowns.
In two USFL seasons, Jordan accumulated 2,093 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
After the USFL folded in 1985, Jordan joined the New Orleans Saints, where he played for five seasons, from 1986-1990, rushing for 687 career yards and eight touchdowns.
After his playing days, Jordan was the head coach of the Lafayette Roughnecks, an AF2 team that played it’s games at the Cajundome in 2001.
In 2011, Jordan was selected for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.In 2013, Jordan was named the Southland Conference’s “player of the decade” for the 1980s, leading the 1980s All-Decade Team chosen by the conference in connection with its 50th anniversary celebrations.\
Today, Jordan provides home-based personal training and fitness training to athletes and athletic teams.
Below are few Buford Jordan highlights of his days with the Breakers: