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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Larry McClain – 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 tackle Larry McClain:

McClain played his college football at Western Carolina, where he was a four-year letter winner, amassing 258 career tackles, including 131 solo stops, between the years 1977-1980. He led the team in sacks both as a freshman in 1977 and as a senior in 1980 with six each season, finishing with 15 for his career. He also recovered four fumbles and caused three.

Out of football from 1981-1982, McClain joined the Boston Breakers of the United States Football League in 1983, totaling 86 tackles, including six sacks.

When the Breakers moved to New Orleans for the 1984 season, McClain went along, and accumulated 16 tackles and three sacks, in an injury-plagued year.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound McClain stayed with the Breakers when they moved to Portland in 1985, and totaled two more sacks in his final professional season.

After his playing days came to an end, McClain became a college football coach, working as an assistant at Newberry College, Oklahoma State, Elon, Murray State, and Fayetteville State, before passing away in 2007.

Below, watch McClain, who wore # 73, and the Boston Breakers, take on the Los Angeles Express, from week ten of the 1983 USFL season:


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