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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Doug Woodward – 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, quarterback Doug Woodward.

A native of Peekskill, New York, Woodward went on to play his college football for the Pace University Setters, where he became the starting quarterback as a freshman, before going on to a record-setting career.

After college, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Woodward went to training camps with the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns, but couldn’t stick, before spending a short time with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

In 1983, Woodward joined the then Boston Breakers, as the back-up to starting quarterback Johnnie Walton.

In his three seasons with the Breakers, Woodward completed 107-of-240 passes for 1,319 yards, along with seven touchdowns and ten interceptions.

With New Orleans in 1984, Woodward completed 29-of-59 passes for 352 yards, to go along with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Woodward’s playing career ended while on the roster of the New Jersey Generals, who he never actually played for, in 1985.

Below, watch highlights from a Breakers win in week two of the 1984 season over the Oakland Invaders:


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