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Top 101 All Time Saints Players, 20-29

As we wait impatiently for Jimmy Graham to sign on the dotted line, we can at least celebrate that even if he never plays for the Saints again he’s already at #20 on my all time list. After this run of 10 players we’ll be left with only the top 19 and this exercise will mercifully come to a close. The end is nigh.

29. WR Wes Chandler (1978-1981)

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Chandler made a big mark during his short time with the Saints. He made the Pro Bowl in 1979 with a 65 catch 1,069 yard season with 6 touchdowns. Chandler was a star receiver with enormous potential but unfortunately the Saints traded him to the Chargers where his career blossomed even further. He’s 11th in team history in yards. Many old guard Saints fans will tell you that from a pure talent perspective Chandler was the best receiver the team ever saw.

28. CB Dave Whitsell (1967-1969)

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Despite just three seasons in New Orleans, Whitsell is 5th in team history with 19 career interceptions. Those were his final three seasons in the league and he did go to the Pro Bowl in 1967. His 10 interceptions in 1967 is a single season team record. He’s one of the very few success stories from the 60s, and his 1967 season remains the best ever by a Saints defensive back.

27. RB George Rogers (1981-1984)

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He only played four seasons with the Saints, but he was so dominant in that short time frame that he is second all time in rushing yards and 6th in rushing touchdowns. He holds the single season Saints record for most rushing yards with 1,674 yards in 1981. He also had 13 rushing touchdowns that year which is tied for the most rushing touchdown ever in team history for a season. He made the Pro Bowl twice and had two 1,000 yard seasons with the Saints. You could easily argue his 1981 season is the best ever by a Saints running back.

26. TE Hoby Brenner (1981-1993)

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Brenner played his entire career with the Saints and he made the Pro Bowl once in 1987. Brenner was a complete tight end that was a good receiver and an excellent blocker. He’s 11th in team history in receptions, but 2nd as a tight end. He’s 8th in team history in yards receiving and had an impressive 14.4 yards per catch average which is astronomical for a tight end. He’s third in team history among tight ends in touchdowns scored. And he’s 6th all time in team history in games played with 175. His best season was 1985 when he had 42 receptions for 652 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also scored 6 touchdowns in 1984.

25. C Joel Hilgenberg (1984-1993)

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Hilgenberg was an excellent and very underrated center for the duration of his 10 year career with the Saints. He’s 13th in team history in games played with 142 and he made the Pro Bowl in 1992. Honestly he deserved to go to a few more. The Saints’ offensive line in many of those seasons was one of the very best in the NFL and Hilgenberg was the anchor up the middle.

24. G Jim Dombrowski (1986-1996)

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Dombrowski is 9th in games played at 152 and he played his entire career with the Saints as well. He played alongside Hilgenberg in many of those seasons and they formed a formidable interior duo. Many label Marques Colston as the best Saints player to never make a Pro Bowl, but I put Dombrowski right up there with him. As good as he was for such a long time it’s an absolute travesty he never made one because he was as good of a lineman as there was in the league. The Saints could always count on a rock solid performance from Dombrowski and he was extremely durable during his 11 seasons with the team.

23. LB Jonathan Vilma (2008-2013)

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Vilma was the leader, captain and driving force behind the 2009 Super Bowl champion defense. He made the Pro Bowl twice in 2009 and 2010 as a dominant interior linebacker that made plays all over the field. He’s 12th in team history in total tackles and #1 in the hearts of many Saints fans.

22. S Sammy Knight (1997-2002)

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Knight is arguably the best defensive playmaker and ballhawk in team history. The guy just had a knack for creating turnovers. He made the Pro Bowl one time in 2001. He’s 3rd in team history in interceptions and 15th in team history in fumble recoveries. He had 5 interceptions or more every single season with the Saints except in 1999. He missed only 2 games during his entire tenure with the Saints and his best season was in 2001 when he had 6 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries, creating 11 turnovers for his team.

21. RB Dalton Hilliard (1986-1993)

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Hilliard was my favorite player as a kid, especially being a former LSU product. He made one Pro Bowl in 1989 and that was one of the best seasons in team history by a running back. Not only did he rush for 1,262 yards and 13 touchdowns but he caught 52 passes for 514 yards and 5 touchdowns. His 18 touchdowns that season were an NFL best and that remains a single season record in team history. While that was by far his best season, he was an always reliable tough inside runner, a great pass catcher, and a good blocker when needed. During his 1989 season he also threw for a touchdown on a halfback pass as he had a great arm. He was labeled around the league as a “triple threat” because he could throw so well, and he threw for 4 touchdowns in 7 career passes. He was just one of those athletes that did everything well. Hilliard is 2nd in team history in rushing attempts and 3rd in rushing yards. He’s 2nd in team history in rushing touchdowns, 3rd in total touchdowns and also 12th in team history in career receptions.

20. TE Jimmy Graham (2010-present)

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Jimmy Graham is already 6th in team history in receptions and 7th in receiving yards. He’ll continue to re-write the record books as he goes. He’s already made the Pro Bowl in 2 of his 4 seasons. In 2011, his 99 receptions is a single season team record. His 16 touchdown receptions in 2013 is also a Saints single season record, by 5 touchdowns. He’s also tied for second with 11. In 4 seasons he’s already 6th in team history in touchdowns scored. Once that contract is done hopefully he’ll retire a Saint and move into the top 10 (or 5) by the time he’s done.

previous entries:

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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