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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Mike Robinson (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 end Mike Robinson.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Robinson also went to high school in Cleveland, before signing to play his college football with the Arizona Wildcats, before transferring to Oklahoma St.

A fourth round draft choice by the Cleveland Browns in the 1981 NFL Draft, Robinson played in 18 games, over two years, compiling three sacks.

After being out of football in 1983, the 6-foot-4, 270 pound Robinson joined the New Orleans Breakers for the 1984 season, where he totaled five sacks, ranking him third on the team, behind Junior Ah You and Jeff Gaylord.

Robinson played on more year of professional football, moving to the Arizona Wranglers in 1985, where he had one sack.

Below, watch Robinson and the Breakers take on the Pittsburgh Maulers in week seven of the 1984 USFL season at the Louisiana Superdome:


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