Born: May 11, 1982 – USFL founding franchise.
Died: October 18, 1983 – The Breakers relocate to New Orleans, LA.
Stadium: Nickerson Field
The Boston Breakers were one of twelve original franchises in the springtime United States Football League (1983-1985). Expectations were low for Head Coach Dick Coury’s club, which failed to virtually all of its draft picks and fielded a team of low budget, no-name NFL training camp cuts and Canadian Football League castoffs.
Starting quarterback Johnnie Walton was 35 years old and hadn’t worn a football uniform since 1979, but he flourished in Coury’s pass-happy offense, finishing second in the USFL with 3,772 passing yards. Former CFL All-Pro tailback Richard Crump rushed for nearly a 1,000 yards to supplement the passing game. Although the college draft was a near washout for the Breakers, the team hit big with 9th round draft choice Marcus Marek, the all-time tackling leader out of Ohio State University. Marek racked up 240 tackles and assisted tackles at inside linebacker and earned 1st Team All-USFL honors.
To nearly everyone’s surprise, the Breakers finished 11- 7 and narrowly missed the final playoff spot. Coury was named the USFL’s Coach of the Year.
The Breakers were saddled with an unfortunate stadium situation in Boston, playing in tiny Nickerson Field, which all lacked modern amenities such as luxury suites or convenient parking. With no suitable alternatives in the region, owners George Matthews and Randy Vataha sold the club for a reported $8.0 million to New Orleans developer Joseph Canizaro.
Canizaro moved the Breakers to New Orleans for the spring of 1984. After a season in New Orleans, Canizaro moved the club again, this time to Portland, Oregon. Each version of the Breakers – Boston, New Orleans and Portland – lasted just one season in their respective city. The USFL folded after the 1985 season.
==1983 Boston Breakers Results==
|3/6/1983||@ Tampa Bay Bandits||L 21-17||Program|
|3/13/1983||@ Denver Gold||W 21-7|
|3/20/1983||vs. Washington Federals||W 19-16|
|3/27/1983||@ New Jersey Generals||W 31-21|
|4/2/1983||vs. Birmingham Stallions||W 27-21||Program|
|4/10/1983||vs. Oakland Invaders||L 26-7||Program|
|4/17/1983||@ Arizona Wranglers||W 44-23|
|4/24/1983||@ Philadelphia Stars||L 23-16|
|5/1/1983||vs. Michigan Panthers||L 28-24||Program|
|5/7/1983||@ Los Angeles Express||L 23-20|
|5/16/1983||vs. Denver Gold||W 17-9|
|5/22/1983||@ Washington Federals||W 21-14|
|5/29/1983||vs. Philadelphia Stars||W 21-17||Video|
|6/6/1983||vs. Chicago Blitz||W 21-15||Program|
|6/11/1983||@ Birmingham Stallions||L 31-19|
|6/19/1983||vs. Tampa Bay Bandits||W 24-17|
|6/25/1983||@ Oakland Invaders||L 17-16||Program|
|7/3/1983||vs. New Jersey Generals||W 34-10|
- Marcus Marek
- Johnnie Walton
Philadelphia Stars at Boston Breakers at Nickerson Field, May 29, 1983.
Offensive tackle Louis Bullard, who played for the Breakers in Boston, New Orleans and Portland, passed away from cancer on April 18, 2010 at age 53. Bullard was one of the Breakers’ player representatives and the spokesperson for dozens of Portland Breakers in their long fight to collect unpaid wages from team owner Joe Canizaro.