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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Lawrence Williams (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, linebacker Lawrence Williams:

Born in Lutcher, Louisiana, Williams attended Lutcher High School before playing his college football with the LSU Tigers from 1979-1982, where he led the team with 123 tackles in his senior season of 1982.

Out of football in 1983, Williams joined New Orleans Breakers of the USFL in 1984, where he collected 85 tackles, which ranked seventh on the team.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Williams also recorded one fumble recovery and one sack in 1984.

The Breakers moved to Portland in 1985, but Williams did not move with them, as 1984 proved to be the only professional season for Williams.

Below, watch Williams, who wore number 51, and the New Orleans Breakers, take on the Pittsburgh Maulers, from week seven of the 1984 USFL season, back on Sunday, April 8, 1984.


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