New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Charlie Harbison (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, safety Charlie Harbison:
Born in Shelby, North Carolina, Harbison attended Gardner-Webb University for four seasons, before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 1992.
After failing to make the Bills’ roster, Harbison joined the Boston Breakers in 1983, where he collected 95 tackles, which ranked seventh on the team.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Harbison also recorded two quarterback sacks and two interceptions.
When the Breakers moved to New Orleans in 1984, so did Harbison, where he totaled 132 tackles, which ranked third on the squad, along with an interception.
The 1984 season proved to be the last one for the Breakers in New Orleans, and the last one in professional football for Harbison, after which he began a successful career in coaching, with stops at Garner-Webb (1992-1993), UTEP (1994), Clemson (1995-1997), Alabama (1998-2000), LSU (2001-2002), Alabama again (2003-2006), Mississippi St. (2007-2008), Clemson (2009-2012), and Auburn (2013-present), where he currently serves as co-defensive coordinator.
Below, watch Harbison, who wore number 42 with the Breakers, on the job in his current position with the Auburn Tigers: