Event Date: November 25th, 1982
Event Description: Breakers Add Geathers
Source: United Press International
The coach of the U.S. Football League's Boston Breakers says former South Carolina State defensive end Robert Geathers will be a welcome addition to the club's roster.
“We feel Robert will be to the USFL what Ernie Ladd and Earl Faison were to the old AFL,” Dick Coury, coach and general manager of the Breakers, said Wednesday.
“He is in the tradition of Deacon Jones, another great South Carolina State product,” Coury said. “We are convinced he can be all-USFL in his first season.”
Geathers, a third-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1981, said Wednesday he has signed a six-figure contract with the Breakers. Details of the two-year pact were not released but Ken Morton, Geathers' agent, said there was no option year clause in the pact.
That means the 6-foot-7, 295-pound Geathers could return to the NFL in 1984, Morton said. Geathers spent 1981 on the Bills' injured reserve list and was waived by the team this year.
“He will be treated like a first-round draft pick when he goes up to Boston. We have everything from an automobile to an apartment to $2,500 to complete his degree,” Morton said. “He's being treated with real kid gloves. They are rolling out the red carpet for him.”
Morton said the Los Angeles Rams, the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Raiders made formal offers to Geathers but he decided to sign with the Boston club. “The offers were not necessarily less in dollars, but we felt they were less in opportunity,” Morton said.
The USFL season begins March 7 and Geathers said he will head to camp at Orlando, Fla., Jan. 31 at a weight of 280 pounds.