BREAKERS TRIVIA

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In 1983 the Breakers were led by 35 year old quarterback Johnnie Walton.
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Walton had been something of a journeyman, having been with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams, the WFL's Chicago Fire, and then back to NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Walton also had played with the Indianapolis Capitols of the Continental Football League, and the Columbus Barons in the Midwest Football League.
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Prior to signing with the Breakers on February 18, 1983, he hadn't played a down of pro football since 1979.
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He had instead become a coach at Elizabeth City State college, where in three years (1980-82) he had posted a 20-10-1 record in the CIAA.
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Walton's rust came off early, throwing for 3,772 yards and 20 touchdowns to lead the Breakers to a surprising 11-7-0 record in the team's inaugural year.
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Walton would have another 3,500-plus yard passing season with the Breakers in New Orleans in 1984.
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Among Tim Mazzetti's 119 points in 1983 was a 30 yard field goal against the Tampa Bay Bandits in the season opener - the first points ever scored in a USFL game.
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The original punter for the Breakers was Mitch Hoopes, whose football career today is perhaps most noted for having a punt blocked in Super Bowl X, resulting in a Pittsburgh safety that made the score Dallas 10, Pittsburgh 9.
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Pittsburgh would go on to win the game, 21-17.

Player Att Cmp Cmp% Yards TD INT
Johnnie Walton 589 330 56.0 3,772 20 18
Doug Woodward 26 16 61.5 136 3 1

Player Att Yards TD
Richard Crump 190 990 8
Tony Davis 139 443 6
Anthony Steels 55 237 1

Player Rec Yards TD
Nolan Franz 62 848 4
Charles Smith 54 1,009 5
Richard Crump 44 315 4
Tony Davis 42 260 1

Player XPM XPA FG FGA Points
Tim Mazzetti 38 38 27 35 119

Player Punts Yards Avg.
Dario Casarino 67 2,782 41.5
Mitch Hoopes 23 866 37.8

Player Ret Yards Avg.
Woodrow Wilson 15 122 8.1
Anthony Steels 8 45 5.6
Louie Giammona 10 44 4.4

Player Ret Yards Avg.
Woodrow Wilson 15 336 22.4
Ira Matthews 13 210 16.2
Anthony Steels 13 204 15.7

Player INT Yards Avg.
Woodrow Wilson 4 45 11.3
Marcus Marek 4 23 5.8
Ben Needham 3 10 3.3
Joe Restic 3 8 2.7

Player Sacks . .
Daryl Wilkerson 6.0 - -
Ray Phillips 6.0 - -
Larry McClain 6.0 - -


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