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The Top 20 New Orleans Saints Of All-Time

Pat Swilling

8. Pat Swilling LB 1986-1992

Was a huge part of two of the greatest defenses the Saints ever had in the 1991 and 92 seasons. In 1991 he had 17 sacks and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In 1992, linebackers Rickey Jackson, Vaughan Johnson, Sam Mills, and Swilling, also known as the Dome Patrol, all played in the Pro Bowl, and the Saints led the league in quarterback sacks. Could never get over the hump, losing all six playoff games with the Saints.

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6 Responses to “The Top 20 New Orleans Saints Of All-Time”

  1. Like all the picks and agree. Only I think you have to get Archie Manning in the top five. I also think Bobby Hebert belongs in the top 10. Lets face it he was sorely missed in the 1990 season when Jim finks didnt think he was worth a million dollars per year so without free agency he chose to sit out that season. Bobby was also one of the tuffest players the saints ever had. In the first half of a game at Tampa Bay he was knocked out literally and lost two teeth that actually came through his bottom lip. They took him in the dressing room and stitched him up and he came back in the game as soon as the second half started. Awesome player that has never been appreciated as much as he should be.

  2. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    Eric Martin may be ranked a little too highly, but still a fun list to read.

  3. Brock says:

    I think deuce Mcallister should be right behide Bree’s all time dude a horse

  4. Phil says:

    Nice list. Nice to see some of the old timers like Abramowicz get a little WhoDat Love.
    A couple of guys I wish could have been on there are Tony Galbreath and Tommy Myers. Any old-school Saints fans would agree that these guys were essential to any success the early Saints had. Sure there are others, but like Archie the ineptness of the rest of the team over shadowed any recognition they should have received.

  5. John Bladon says:

    Fun list to read and some great memories there! Archie should certainly be higher as his surrounding cast just was not there like Brees has now. Missing; Tony Galbreath and George Rogers at running back and Wes Chandler at WR and I would have included Swilling, Mills, Johnson and Jackson as a single entry…they were just that good! Finally, so many other OL that are worthy too; Brock, Dombrowski and I still think Stinchcomb was terribly under appreciated. Last, does Sproles not deserve mention for his record breaking 2011 season? Ok, maybe we need a bigger list….

  6. Jake says:

    Morten Andersen was a great kicker, but his superb ability made Jim Mora too content on taking a long field goal, instead of taking another shot on 4th down plays. There were too many close games that could have went to the Saints if they scored 7 instead of three.

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