New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Junior Ah You – 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, defensive end Junior Ah You.
A native of Sale Miu, American Samoa, Ah You went to high school in Hawaii, before going on to play college football at Arizona St., where he earned second team All- American honors in 1972.
After being drafted in the 17th round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, Ah You left the U.S. to play for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, where he was a six-time all-star, and later voted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
In 1983, Ah You came back to the U.S., joining the Chicago Blitz of the USFL.
With the Blitz, Ah You compiled 11.5 sacks, before being traded to New Orleans, and the Breakers, prior to the start of the 1984 season.
Ah You continued to terrorize opposing offensive linemen, and quarterback with the Breakers, totaling nine sacks in 1984.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Ah You played his last season of professional football with the Arizona Outlaws in 1985, compiling one sack.
With his 21.5 career sacks, Ah You was voted a second team member of the all-time USFL team.
Ah You was also tabbed by TSN as one of the top 50 players in the history of the CFL.
Below, watch highlights of a Breakers’ game against the Philadelphia Stars from week ten of the 1984 USFL season: