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New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Tim Smith – 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, safety Tim Reed:

Reed played his college football for the Oregon St. Beavers, before being taken in the eighth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, but never made the roster.

Out of football from 1979-1982, Reed joined the Boston Breakers of the United States Football League in 1983, totaling 33 tackles and two interceptions.

When the Breakers moved to New Orleans for the 1984 season, Smith went along, and accumulated 16 tackles and one interceptions, after starting the year on the injured reserve list.

The 1984 season proved to be the last in Smith’s professional career.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Smith intercepted three passes for 87 yards in his two-year USFL career.

Below, watch Smith, who wore # 22, and the Boston Breakers, take on the Philadelphia Stars, from week 13 of the 1983 USFL season:


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