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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Mike Brewington (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 Mike Brewington:

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Brewington played his college football for the East Carolina Pirates, before being drafted in the 12th round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Out of football from 1980-1982, Brewington signed with the Boston Breakers of the USFL in 1983, where he collected 120 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Brewington also recorded two fumble recoveries and one interception in ’83.

When the Breakers moved to New Orleans in 1984, so did Brewington, where he totaled 103 tackles, which ranked fifth on the squad, along with an interception.

The 1984 season proved to be the last one for the Breakers in New Orleans, but Brewington played one more USFL season, with the Memphis Showboats, before retiring following the season.

Below, watch Brewington, who wore number 58, and the then Boston Breakers, take on the Los Angeles Express, from week ten of the 1983 USFL season, back on Saturday, May 7, 1983:


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