(Paul) Buford Jordan was chosen in the first round (13th overall selection) by the New Orleans Breakers in the 1984 USFL Draft.  A local guy from Lafayette, Louisiana who attended McNeese State, the 6 foot tall Jordan almost immediately signed with the Breakers, seeing the opportunity to play close to home.

In his rookie season in 1984 Jordan made an impact on what was otherwise a lackluster team, rushing for 1,276 yards on just 214 carries and scoring 8 touchdowns for the 8-10-0 Breakers.  Jordan's tenure as a hometown hero was short-lived, however, as the team broke for Portland in 1985.  There, he again lead the Breakers in rushing as the team's premiere back, gaining 817 yards and 5 touchdowns for a Portland team that saw twice as many losses as wins.

Once the USFL disbanded, Jordan went on to the NFL, playing seven years with the New Orleans Saints before retiring after the 1992 season.  In 1998 he became a head coach, taking the reins of the Louisiana Bayou Beasts of the Professional Indoor Football League.  In 1999, Jordan was the head coach of the ill-fated New Orleans Thunder of the Regional Football League, which managed to survive almost a month before going under.  He would later join the Lafayette Roughnecks of AF2 as their head coach for their only season in 2001.


New Orleans Breakers,
Portland Breakers


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