New Orleans Saints
Pictures from New Orleans Saints History
That's a face only a mother (and Saint Fans) would love. 4 time Pro Bowler and member of one of most respected linebacking corps in NFL history Vaugnh Johnson was regarded as one of the hardest hitters of his day. In 8 seasons in New Orleans he racked up 669 tackles.
Who here remembers when Jake Delhomme played for the New Orleans Saints? Jake had played in the NFL-Europe League before joining the Saints as a back-up in 1999. He led the Saints to big upset that year over Dallas, passing for 2 touchdowns and running for another. By 2002, many fans were clamoring to bench starter Aaron Brooks and give Jake a chance to play. When Jake relieved an injured Brooks in the second half against Baltimore and played well enough to secure a win the ...
At 6 foot 8 inches, Doug Atkins was a monster. He enjoyed a legendary NFL career. A first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1953 out of Tennessee, Doug Atkins played 2 seasons with the Browns before joining the Chicago Bears and playing there for 11 seasons.and being named to 8 Pro Bowls. When he joined the Saints in 1967, he was 37 years old and many thought finished. Not so. His last 3 years in the NFL were nothing but production making the Pro Bowl in 1968. He retired in ...
2 of the big names signed by the latest team to join the NFL in 1966. Jim Taylor had been an All-American at LSU in the late 50s and a consistent All-Pro with the Vince Lombardi and the Green Packer Dynasty of the 60s. After 9 seasons and over 8000 yards with Green Bay Jim Taylor requested to join the expansion Saints. He played his last year in the NFL with them in 1967. Gary Cuozzo joined the Baltimore Colts as free agent from Virginia in 1963 and played 4 years as a back-up ...
Joe Federspiel was a 4th round pick from Kentucky in 1972. He would play 9 seasons for the Saints and start a total of 121 games. He finished his career with 5 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. Thanks to NFL Photos: Top 10 All-Time Players from Kentucky
Long-time Saint Frank Warren takes down Chris Chandler of the Buccaneers in 1991 action in the Louisiana Super Dome. In this game Frank accounted for 2.5 of the Saints 6 sacks on the day. In 1991 the Dome Patrol was at it's highest point ranking #! that year in point given up and turnovers and #2 in yards given up. The New Orleans Saints defense also had 50 sacks on the year.
Early New Orleans Saints Rookie Dave Rowe is shown here in 1967 against the Los Angele Rams. Rowe had been a second round draft pick from Penn State and would play for 5 different teams over a 12 year period including a trip to Super Bowl XI in 1976 with the Oakland Raiders.
Former 1st round draft pick George Rodgers from South Carolina played with the Saints from 1981 to 1984 and was the Saints leading career rusher until Deuce McAllister broke his record in 2006. He's still #2 on the All-Time New Orleans Saints Rushing list with 4267 yards.
Danny Abramowicz was literally one of the last players taken in the 1967 draft from Xavier. Abramowicz beat all odds and made the team. He would lead the Saints in receiving every year from 1967 to 1971 and even led the NFL in receiving in 1969 when he had 73 catches. ( A team record that stood until broken by Tony Galbreath in 1979).
Billy Kilmer drops back to pass against the Houston Oilers in 1969 preseason action. He wears an "illegal" version of a Black New Orleans Saints Helmet. Saints Owner John Mecom Jr. went against NFL regulations at the start of the 1969 preseason and supplied his team with black helmets that had not been approved by league officials. By the beginning of regular season play the sanctioned gold helmets were back on the field.
Archie Manning and Kenny Stabler Meeting before a 1983 preseason game, former Saint Quarterback Archie Manning shakes hands with the present Saints Quarterback Kenny Stabler. Archie Manning, after 11 years in a Saint uniform, was traded to Houston for Offensive Tackle Leon Gray by head coach Bum Phillips. Bum's reason's were pretty simple. "I need an offensive tackle and Archie doesn't tackle". Leon Gray would last all of 1 year in New Orleans. Kenny Stabler stayed a little longer - 3 years.