For 20 years, the New Orleans Saints didn’t quite perform on the pitch and it was so humiliating for their fans. The fans used to wear paper bags over their faces to conceal identity once the definite defeat happened at the end of the game. But that came to an end in 2006 when Drew Brees arrived and hit their stride. He was one of the best quarterbacks New Orleans has ever heard and he changed the tables for the New Orleans Saints. Winning became part of their outfit and no more wearing paper bags for fans during the matches. In 2009, the impossible happened, the New Orleans won the first Super Bowl title. They defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV and since then, they have been a team to reckon in the NFL matches. From the time of its inception to present, there are players who are behind the great team of the New Orleans Saints we currently have
Here are some of the top 10 best New Orleans Saints of all time:
10. Joe Horn, WR
Joe Horn was one player who left a mark on both New Orleans city and the New Orleans Saints. This happened when he supported the victims of Hurricane Katrina. At the Saints team, he was a Pro Bowler in 4 out of the 7 years he was with them which ranged between 2000 – 2006. He also set as ingle-season franchise record for 1399 yards with 11 TDs. Joe finished his career at Saints with 7622 yards, which is the 2nd in the record, 523 receptions, and 50 TDs.
9. Willie Roaf, T
From the year 1993 to 2001, Willie was at the Saints, and for those 9 years, he made a record for himself and the team as well. He won the 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Team, thus making him the most decorated players in the Saint’s history.
8. Sam Mills, LB
For nine years from 1986 to 1984, Sam Mills was one of the best linebackers in the team. He had a deceptive speed and at no given time was he out of place. Out of the nine seasons, he played in four Pro Bowls. He was the leader of the famous Dome Patrol with teammates Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, and Vaughan Johnson.
7. Tom Myers, S
From 1972 to 1981, Tom Myers played for the Saints after being drafted from the university of Syracuse. His toughness and ability to lay the wood on his opponent were well known to all and sundry. He had a hard hitting and aggressive style which made him become the team’s silent leader on defense. While at New Orleans Saints, he played 136 games with 120 of them him being included in the start up. In the 10 years, he was with the club; he recovered 2 fumbles and recorded a total of 36 interceptions.
6. Marques Colston, WR
From 2006 to present, Marques has been with the Saints team, and since he joined, he has had a great connection with Drew Brees making his first NFL gave the team 1038 yards, 70 receptions, and 8 TDs. He finished 2nd place in the offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006. In his career, he has played in New Orleans and together with Drew Brees, they have made the team to shine.
5. Morten Anderson, K
Morten is a great NFL player of all-time. He is a leading score in both Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints team, the two teams he played for. He was at the Saints camp for 13 years, from 1982 to 1994 then joined the Falcons and stayed there for 9 years. During his time at New Orleans, he scored 1318 points and kicked 302 field goals. He had more than 77% field goal accuracy where he could score from 50 yards and has a 50% accuracy.
4. Deuce McAllister, RB
From 2001 to 2008, Deuce was with the New Orleans Saint team. He stayed there for 8 years and retired from American football at the team. He was the first Saints right back to rush 1000+ yards in three consecutive seasons.
3. Rickey Jackson, LB
For 13 years, from 1981 to 1993, Rickey played for New Orleans Saints as a left back and was induced to Saint’s Hall of fame in 1997 due to his hard work and great play he displayed for the team.
2. Archie Mannings, QB
When naming the best quarterbacks of New Orleans, you cannot miss naming Archie, who was the fan’s all time favorite from 1971 to 1981. In his 12 seasons with New Orleans, he covered 21,724 yards, was a two-time Pro Bowler and in 1978, was named the NFC MVP.
1. Drew Brees, QB
Drew Breece entered the Saints team in 2006 and up to now, he still plays for the team. By the time he joined the team, it was a laughing stock in the NFL, but all this changed with his entrance. He has made the team shine and moves to greater heights.
To say the truth, Drew Breece has made the New Orleans Saints what it is today. Most of the rest on the top 10, are the once who developed the team in its infantry.