New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Lyndell Jones (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 back Lyndell Jones:
Born in Seattle, Washington, Jones played his college football at the University of Hawaii from 1979-1980, where he intercepted five passes in his final year.
Out of football from 1981-1982, Jones signed with the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL in 1983, before moving to the Boston Breakers, where he compiled 25 tackles.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Jones also recorded one interceptions and one fumble recovery in 1983.
When the Breakers moved from Boston to New Orleans in 1984, so did Jones, totaling 45 tackles, which ranked 15th on the team, while intercepting two passes.
The Breakers, left New Orleans in 1985, and headed to Portland, where Jones eclipsed 50 tackles, while intercepting a pass.
In 1986, Jones headed north of the border, and played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, where he played only one game.
The final professional stop was Jones was the NFL, when he played in three games for the Atlanta Falcons in 1987.
Below, watch Jones, who wore number 23, and the New Orleans Breakers, take on the New Jersey Generals, from week 16 of the 1984 USFL season, back on Sunday, June 10, 1984: