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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Marion Brown (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, wide receiver Marion Brown.

Brown played his college football at South Carolina St., before signing as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in 1982

After failing to make the Seahawks’ roster, Brown was out of football for two years, before signing with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL prior to the start of the 1984 season.

A 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, Brown caught 23 passes for 322 yards and one touchdown in 1984.

In 1985, when the Breakers moved to Portland, Brown caught another 15 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown in his last professional season.

Brown is not widely remembered, as he was part of a prolific Breakers offense which featured such stars as quarterback Johnnie Walton, running backs Marcus Dupree and Buford Jordan, receivers Frank Lockett and Charles Smith, and tight end Dan Ross, but he was a valuable weapon for the Breakers in their lone season in New Orleans.

Below, watch USFL highlights from week two of the 1984 season, including highlights of a 13-0 New Orleans win over the Oakland Invaders:


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