New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Tim Mazzetti – 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, kicker Tim Mazzetti.
A native of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Mazzetti spent most of his youth in Brazil, and grew up playing soccer, before playing his college football at Pensylvania, where he set numerous place-kicking records, and was also an All-ivy League player in soccer.
Six games into the 1978 FL season, Mazzetti signed with the Atlanta Falcons, who he kicked for through the 1980 season, converting on 45-of-68 field goal attempts, and 95-of-104 PAT’s.
Despite being claimed by the Cleveland Browns prior to the 1981 season, Mazzetti elected to retire, and enter a sportscasting career, before signing with the Boston Breakers of the USFL in 1983.
Mazzetti scored the first points in USFL history, courtesy of a 30-yard field goal in the Breakers inaugural game against the Tampa Bay Bandits. He went on to be a first-team All-USFL selection in 1983
In 1984, Mazzetti moved along with the Breakers to New Orleans, converting on 21-of-27 field goal attempts, and all 35 of his PAT’s.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder finished his professional career with the Portland Breakers in 1985.
Mazzetti has been involved in the real estate industry since his retirement.
Below is video of a week 14 USFL match-up between the Boston Breakers, with Mazzetti kicking, taking on the Memphis Showboats, from Saturday, May 25, 1983, a year before the franchise moved to New Orleans: