Move From Boston to New OrleansDespite fielding a fairly solid team, playing in Nickerson doomed the team in Boston. The stadium had been built in 1955 (though parts of it dated to 1915) and had not aged well. It was so small that the Breakers lost money even when they sold out as visiting teams got a portion of the gate proceeds. The Breakers and ...
The Breakers move to PortlandIn 1985: The Breakers move to Portland, Oregon due to stadium and financial issues in New Orleans. They finish third in the Western Conference with a 6-12 record and miss the playoffs.
The USFL suspends operations – The Breakers cease to existIn 1986: The USFL suspends operations after losing an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. The Breakers cease to exist along with the rest of the league.
The Re-Formation of the BreakersThe New Orleans Breakers were one of eight teams that were officially announced as a USFL franchise on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on November 22, 2021. On January 27, 2022, it was announced on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that former NCAA Football Head coach Larry Fedora was named the Head coach and General manager of the Breakers.
John DeFilippo as head coachOn November 10, 2022: The Breakers announce that they have named John DeFilippo as their second head coach.
History of the Breakers
The New Orleans Breakers are a professional football team based out of Louisiana. The team was founded in 1982 as part of the United States Football League (USFL). Since then, they have become one of the most successful teams in USFL history, winning two division titles and appearing in three championship games.
In its first year, the Breakers made an immediate impact by finishing with a 10-8 record and making it to their first-ever USFL Championship game. Unfortunately, they were defeated by fellow expansion franchise Michigan Panthers that season. However, this would be just one chapter in what turned into a long and storied rivalry between these two teams over several years.
Since then, both franchises have had much success, including another appearance from New Orleans at the 1984 USFL Championship Game. They lost again to Michigan Panthers despite having home-field advantage throughout their playoff run that year. Although still considered an upstart organization compared to other more established NFL franchises across America today, The New Orleans Breakers remain one of only five original members left standing since 1982 when it comes down to who is still playing professionally under this league's banner heading into the 2022 season ahead!
Boston – New Orleans – Portland
1983 – 1986, 2022 - Present / United States Football League
1985 / Portland Breakers
1984, 2022 - Present / New Orleans Breakers
1983 / Boston Breakers
Breakers – When it comes to the New Orleans Breakers, many sports fans may not be familiar with the team’s nickname origins in the United States Football League (USFL). The USFL was a professional football league that operated from 1983-1985 and included teams across America. The New Orleans Breakers were one of these original teams, joining in 1984 for their inaugural season.
The origin of their nickname is an exciting story that dates back to when they first joined as an expansion team. When looking for a name, owner Joseph Canizaro wanted something unique and memorable while paying homage to his beloved city of New Orleans - so he decided on “Breakers”! This name was inspired by how challenging life can be living along Louisiana's Gulf Coast, where hurricanes often break through levees or sea walls during storms leaving destruction behind them. It seemed like a fitting tribute considering what residents have endured over time while maintaining solid spirits throughout it all!
The logo used by the Breakers featured two crossed lightning bolts above blue waves crashing against rocks - further emphasizing this idea of strength through adversity which has been part of this area since its inception centuries ago! Fans embraced this connection with pride as they cheered on their hometown heroes each week at home games held at Tulane Stadium during those three seasons before disbanding after 1985 due lack of financial stability within USFL itself. Although short-lived, there are still plenty of memories left behind, thanks mainly due to the creative branding efforts put forth in the early day's organization, a such naming process we discussed today!
Original USFL Team
USFL Championship 0
1985 / Civic Stadium
2022 - Present / Protective Stadium/Legion Field (Birmingham, Alabama)
1984 / Louisiana Superdome
1983 / Nickerson Field
2022 - Present / National Spring Football League Enterprises Co
1985 / Joseph Canizaro
1984 / Joseph Canizaro and Randy Vataha
1983 / George Matthews and Randy Vataha
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Averaged 30,557 fans (71,000 seat stadium)
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