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Top 101 All Time Saints Players, 10-19

As we close in on the top 10 (top 9 since I’m revealing #10 here) we are now really zeroing in on the best the franchise has had to offer. My favorite of this list has to be Marques Colston, who still has time to move up this list and re-write the Saints record books.

19. DE Will Smith (2004-2013)

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With 67.5 career sacks he’s fourth in team history. His best season came in the Super Bowl title year where the captain and locker room leader posted 13 sacks. He made the Pro Bowl once in 2006 posting double digit sacks that year as well. Smith was excellent pass rushing and stopping the run alike. In 9 seasons of play he only posted less than 6 sacks twice. He’s 14th in games played at 139.

18. K John Carney (2001-2006, 2009-2010)

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Some of you remember that extra point and are thinking “WHAT?!?!”. But surprisingly Carney’s numbers with the Saints are legendary. He kicked for 108 games with the Saints which is second most all time, and he’s the very best in conversion rate for his career at 82.8%. It’s too bad he’s remembered for that missed extra point following a miracle touchdown that lost the game, and not for being the most accurate kicker in team history. He also played a big role in getting Garrett Hartley ready to make the biggest kicks of his life in 2009. Carney is also second in team history in scoring.

17. DB Dave Waymer (1980-1989)

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Waymer holds the record for most interceptions in team history with 37. His best season was in 1986 when he had 9 interceptions that season, and he made his only Pro Bowl in 1987. His 149 games played in a Saints jersey is 10th all time. He was a terrific cover man with great anticipation with the ball in the air and rare hands.

16. T Stan Brock (1980-1992)

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Brock was a dominant tackle that somehow never made the Pro Bowl. I’d argue he’s the best player in team history to never make the Pro Bowl, even over Colston. He played 186 games for the Saints, which is 4th most all time. He was an excellent leader and a pillar on the field.

15. DE Wayne Martin (1989-1999)

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With 82.5 career sacks, Martin is second in team history. Don’t cross Ralph Malbrough and suggest that he’s not a top 5 draft pick in team history, he definitely is. Martin posted five double digit sack seasons, including 15.5 in 1992, which is 4th best for a season in team history. Somehow he only made one Pro Bowl in 1994 which was his 5th best sack total for a season in his career. He’s 7th in team history with 171 games played, and he played his entire career with the Saints.

14. DT La’Roi Glover (1997-2001)

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The two time Pro Bowler with the Saints was a beast during his stint in New Orleans. His 50 sacks in 5 years puts him 7th all time in Saints history. His best year was 2000 when he posted 17 sacks which made him the NFC Defensive Player of the Year. 17 sacks is a single season record in Saints history, tied with Pat Swilling. Former GM Bill Kuharich called Glover “the greatest waiver claim in the history of the Saints”.

13. WR Eric Martin (1985-1993)

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He made one Pro Bowl in 1988 but deserved many more. Unfortunately Martin didn’t post prolific numbers because of the conservative offense he was in, but he still managed three 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Bar none, he had the best hands of any receiver in Saints history. Some of the catches he came up with were just incredible, and I rarely ever saw him drop any. He wasn’t very fast, but he had nice size, was physical, and his catching ability allowed him to make plays in coverage. Martin is 2nd all time in receptions, 2nd all time in receiving yards, and 3rd all time in receiving touchdowns. His 143 games played is 12th all time.

12. QB Archie Manning (1971-1982)

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Manning is the poster child of the franchise, pre Drew Brees, and was the face of the team for over a decade. The talent around him was never good enough to produce wins, but he still made his mark with two trips to the Pro Bowl. His best year was 1980 when he threw for 3,716 yards and 23 touchdowns. He played 134 games for the Saints (17th all time) and he’s 3rd in career wins as a quarterback. He’s 2nd all time in passing yards behind Brees and third in touchdowns. Manning was also a great scrambler and ranks 12th in team history in rushing yards.

11. WR Marques Colston (2006-present)

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The only thing missing from his resume at this point is a Pro Bowl. His 98 receptions in 2007 is second best in team history for a single season. His 11 touchdowns receiving that year is also second best in team history for a single season. Colston has gone over 1,000 yards receiving in six of his eight years in New Orleans. He is first all time in career receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. I have Joe Horn ranked slightly ahead of him for now, but Colston is probably one more good season away from cementing himself as the best receiver in team history if he hasn’t already.

10. LB Vaughan Johnson (1986-1993)

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Johnson terrorized people. Of the “Dome Patrol” linebacker quartet he was the least recognized in the media, but the most feared on the field. No one in team history hit as hard as Johnson. Johnson went to 4 Pro Bowls during his time with the Saints. He’s third in team history with 664 tackles. I remember reading stories about running backs in his day that would shy away from his contact by going down easy.

previous entries:

20. TE Jimmy Graham

21. RB Dalton Hilliard

22. S Sammy Knight

23. LB Jonathan Vilma

24. G Jim Dombrowski

25. C Joel Hilgenberg

26. TE Hoby Brenner

27. RB George Rogers

28. CB Dave Whitsell

29. WR Wes Chandler

30 S Tommy Myers

31. TE Henry Childs

32. RB Pierre Thomas

33. DE Joe Johnson

34. QB Bobby Hebert

35. T Jammal Brown

36. LB Mark Fields

37. P Tommy Barnhardt

38. WR Danny Abramowicz

39. DE/DT Jim Wilks

40. G Jake Kupp

41.  S Roman Harper

42. CB Johnnie Poe

43. DE Frank Warren

44. CB Tracy Porter

45. G Carl Nicks

46. T Jermon Bushrod

47. RB Rueben Mayes

48. LeCharles Bentley G/C

49. S Gene Atkins

50. S Brett Maxie

51. RB Chuck Muncie

52. KR Michael Lewis

53. P Thomas Morstead

54. S Darren Sharper

55. WR Lance Moore

56. DE Charles Grant

57. DT Derland Moore

58. RB Darren Sproles

59. C Jerry Fontenot

60. G Brad Edelman

61. ST/RB Fred McAfee

62. DE Bruce Clark

63. DE Cameron Jordan

64. WR Robert Meachem

65. DE Darren Howard

66. RB Reggie Bush

67. WR Quinn Early

68. DE Doug Atkins

69. QB Aaron Brooks

70. K Doug Brien

71. C Jonathan Goodwin

72. WR Devery Henderson

73. CB Mike McKenzie

74. FB Tony Galbreath

75. ST Steve Gleason

76. K Tom Dempsey

77. KR Tyrone Hughes

78. T Kyle Turley

79. P Mitch Berger

80. ST Bennie Thompson

81. LB Scott Fujita

82. T Jon Stinchcomb

83. CB Eric Allen

84. P Brian Hansen

85. T Zach Strief

86. CB Jabari Greer

87. WR Donte Stallworth

88. LB Curtis Lofton

89. CB Fred Thomas

90. LB Scott Shanle

91. RB Tony Baker

92. C John Hall

93. QB Jim Everett

94. C Steve Korte

95. TE John Tice

96. FB Mike Karney

97. RB Andy Livingston

98. FB Hokie Gajan

99. LB Keith Mitchell

100. DE/OLB Renaldo Turnbull

101. KR Mel Gray

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