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Top 101 All Time Saints Players, 30-39

Here’s the next installment with a fresh list of elite players in Saints history. I have a feeling some of you may argue that some of these should be lower, but that’s the beauty of a list purely compiled by me (evil laughs).

39. DE/DT Jim Wilks (1981-1993)

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Like Frank Warren is omission from a Pro Bowl berth is inexcusable, though he was elected as an alternate. He’s 9th in team history with 45.5 career sacks, which is really impressive considering he was an interior defensive lineman. He had the ability to pass rush like no one else for his size, and was still an excellent run defender. He played 183 games in a Saints jersey, 5th in team history.

38. WR Danny Abramowicz (1967-1973)

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One of the best receivers in team history, Abramowicz was not the biggest or the fastest, but he had terrific hands. He’s 5th in team history in receptions and 4th in team history in yards receiving. His best season came in 1969 when he had 73 receptions for 1,015 and 7 touchdowns, and getting to 1,000 yards receiving in those days was a pretty significant accomplishment.

37. P Tommy Barnhardt (1987, 1989-1994, 1999)

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Barnhardt is by far the historical team leader in both punts in punt yardage, and he was a very good punter for the duration of his time with the team. During many of the years he was on the team the Saints relied on a conservative grind it out offense to go with rock solid defense and special teams. Barnhardt formed a fantastic duo with kicker Morten Andersen. I had the opportunity to meet Barnhardt on a couple of occasions and he was a very high quality person, too. He played 110 games as a Saint which is only bested by Fred McAfee, Kevin Houser and Andersen as special teamers.

36. LB Mark Fields (1995-2000)

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He was one of Jim Mora’s final 1st round draft selections and he turned out to be a very good one. Sadly he left the Saints after making his first Pro Bowl in 2000. He was an explosive blitzer that totaled 23 sacks in his 6 seasons with the Saints and he’s 9th in team history in total tackles. He was more deserving of going to the Pro Bowl in 1997 and 1998, in my opinion, his best two seasons with the Saints. Unfortunately he played on the very bad Mike Ditka teams so he never got the recognition he deserved.

35. T Jammal Brown (2005-2009)

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Brown was an elite left tackle during his time with the Saints and he was elected to two Pro Bowls. While injuries may have prevented him from being an all time great, there is no question that in his prime he was one of the team’s best offensive lineman in history.

34. QB Bobby Hebert (1985-1992)

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He was the right arm that led the Saints to so many playoff berths in the late 80s and early 90s. Unfortunately he was never able to win a playoff game, but his performance during the regular season lead to many wins during that era. He’s fourth in team history in passing yards, fourth in team history in touchdown passes and fifth in quarterback rating (minimum 300 passes). He compiled a 49-26 regular season record as a starter, which is the second most in franchise history in terms of wins by a quarterback. His 65.3% winning record is best in franchise history (Brees has a 63.0% career regular season winning record with the Saints).

33. DE Joe Johnson (1994-2001)

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Johnson is 6th in team history with 50.5 career sacks and he made the Pro Bowl twice. His best season came in 2000 when he recorded 12 sacks after coming off a 1999 season where he missed the entire year due to an injury. His comeback earned him the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.  Like Cameron Jordan he was equally good playing the run and pass and he was as complete of an end as the team has seen.

32. RB Pierre Thomas (2007-present)

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He may not be the fastest or have the best stats, but Pierre Thomas has been so solid for so long it’s impossible to keep him off this list. In fact, he deserves to be this high on it. He could have been a #1 back for someone but he’s always accepted his platoon role with the Saints and carried it out to perfection. He’s 4th in team history rushing yards, 4th in yards per carry (minimum 200 carries), and 5th in rushing touchdowns. He’s also 9th in career receptions (!) and should get up to 6th by the end of this season. He did rush for 793 yards in 2009, his best season, and he caught a career high 77 passes last season. He’s also one of the best blockers in pass protection as a halfback in team history.

31. TE Henry Childs (1974-1980)

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Childs made the Pro Bowl once as a Saint in 1979 and was a complete tight end. As a receiver he put up big numbers, with 9 touchdowns in 1977, 869 yards in 1978 and 846 yards in 1979. Those might not be Jimmy Graham numbers but at the time that was very significant for that position.

30. FS Tommy Myers (1972-1981)

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Myers is second in team history with 36 career interceptions. His best season came in 1979 when he made the Pro Bowl thanks to a 7 interception season. He was a ballhawk that consistently made plays and created turnovers during his entire tenure with the Saints. He played his entire career in New Orleans. He’s 15th in team history and 2nd among defensive backs with 136 games played.

 

previous entries:

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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