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Top 101 All Time Saints Players, 40-49

We’re now in the top 50 Saints players in team history. The list up to this point had some really good players, but we’re closing in on the best. We start with 40 through 49. I hope you are enjoying this series.

49. S Gene Atkins (1987-1993)



Atkins will forever be remembered as likely the most ferocious hitter in team history. He was fortunate he didn’t play in the Roger Goodell era because he might have been suspended for life. The kind of punishment he gave to receivers over the field made them think twice about coming back for more. Atkins was also a terrific playmaker as well and he’s fourth in team history in interceptions with 21. He’s also 9th in team history in forced fumbles. His son is NFL superstar Geno Atkins.

48. LeCharles Bentley G/C (2002-2005)



Bentley left the Saints are very poor terms and demanded to be shipped out due in part to a fractured relationship with the coaching staff. In his short time with the Saints, though, he was one of the very best interior lineman in the entire league. He was a two time Pro Bowler in 2002 and 2005. While he didn’t have the longevity of some of the all time great Saints, his peak was more dominant than almost anyone.

47. RB Rueben Mayes (1986-1991)



Mayes was a two time Pro Bowler his first two years in the league in 1986 and 1987. He was also voted as the NFL offensive rookie of the year in 86. Unfortunately he progressively got worse and worse after his rookie season. In his first season, his best, he rushed for 1,353 yards at 4.7 yards per carry and 8 touchdowns. He’s 5th all time in team history rushing.

46. T Jermon Bushrod (2007-2012)



Bushrod is a two time Pro Bowler at left tackle and he was the starter on the Super Bowl champion team. After a slow start to his career he stepped in for an injured Jammal Brown in 2009 and never looked back. His tremendous success with the Saints would land him an enormous contract with the Bears in 2013. While he was never the best player on the Saints’ line, the Saints clearly felt his absence last year and he performed at a solid level.

45. G Carl Nicks (2008-2011)



Like Bentley his time with the Saints was limited but in that small window he was one of the most dominant players in the league. His run blocking in particular was incredible as he mauled anyone he faced to pave the way for running backs. He was immediately thrust into the starting lineup his rookie season, dominated immediately, and eventually made two Pro Bowls. Like Bushrod he left for a big contract as his performance on the field landed him the richest contract for a guard in NFL history with the Bucs. He was a starter on the 2009 Super Bowl champion team.

44. CB Tracy Porter (2008-2011)


The reason he is on this list at all is because of two games, pretty simple. His interception in the NFL championship game against Brett Favre and the Vikings saved the game, and his interception in the Super Bowl against Peyton Manning and the Colts won the game. He was otherwise an up and down player that struggled with injuries, but those two plays are in the top five all time in franchise history.

43. DE Frank Warren (1981-1994)



He played his entire 14 year career with the Saints and played at an extremely high level throughout. How he never made the Pro Bowl is a crime against humanity. He’s 5th in team history in sacks and it could be higher but the NFL didn’t track sacks in his rookie season. He’s also 3rd in team history in games played.

42. CB Johnnie Poe (1981-1987)



Poe was one of the best cover guys and playmakers in team history. His 17 interceptions are 6th all time in team history and they all happened despite teams routinely throwing the ball away from his side. His best season was in 1983 when he had 7 interceptions, including one that he ran back for a touchdown. This was a guy that had good statistics but played even better than the numbers might indicate.

41.  S Roman Harper (2006-2013)



This may surprise some, but it really shouldn’t. Harper was a starter on the Super Bowl champion team, a big hitter, a great blitzer, an elite tackler in his prime, and a two time Pro Bowler. He’s 6th in team history in forced fumbles. His best years came in 2010 when he forced 6 fumbles in one season, and 2011 when he recorded 7.5 sacks.

40. G Jake Kupp (1967-1975)



In an era where the Saints only produced terrible results, Kupp was a rare shining light. Not only was he one of the few consistently very good players on the roster, he made the Pro Bowl in 1969. To make the Pro Bowl as a member of the Saints in those days meant you had to be insanely good. Interestingly the Saints waived him after five games in 1967 and he finished out the season with the Falcons. The Saints would trade to get him back, though, and his second stint is the one that was very successful.

Previous players:

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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