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Top 101 All Time Saints Players, 50-59

We’re still waiting on Jimmy Graham to sign a long term deal but no matter, we’re closing in on the top 50! Some truly special names come up in this segment which bring up a lot of great memories for me.

59. C Jerry Fontenot (1997-2003)

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Not only was Fontenot a Mike Ditka favorite, but he’s one of the few players that stuck around well into the Jim Haslett era. As bad as those Ditka teams were, Fontenot was a real keeper. As good as he was on the field his leadership and high character was a breath of fresh air stuck in the middle of a couple teams that lacked really backbone. He wasn’t necessarily the best or an elite center, but the local boy from Lafayette was reliable, durable and consistent for seven seasons as a starter.

58. RB Darren Sproles (2011-2013)

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It’s still hard to believe he only played three seasons with the Saints and that he’s gone. Of course his most significant accomplishment was an NFL record that still stands: 2,696 all purpose yards in a season. No player in history has gained more in a year. Not only was Sproles the ultimate explosive playmaker, he always led by example and was a terrific role model for all of his teammates. No one has ever said something bad about Sproles, and he’s widely adored and respected around the league by his peers. He caught an astronomical 232 passes in three seasons with the Saints, and averaged a whooping 5.7 yards per carry.

57. DT Derland Moore (1973-1985)

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If you talk to the old guard of Saints fans they will insist that Moore was a top 10 all time Saint. Certainly the Saints were fortunate to have such a good player or such terrible teams for 13 years. He made his first and only Pro Bowl in 1983 and didn’t get the recognition league wide he deserved because he played on such poor squads. Moore is 8th in franchise history in games played with 170. He probably deserves to be higher and I look forward to hearing it from the older Saints fans that remember his play (I was born in 1980 so my first memories come really after he retired).

56.  DE Charles Grant (2002-2009)

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He’s 8th in franchise history with 47 career sacks, including two double digit sack seasons. He was part of the 2009 Super Bowl champion team but he never lived up to the big contract extension he received. Unfortunately his best seasons came before that extension when he had 10 sacks in 2003 and 10.5 sacks in 2004. Grant’s biggest issue was weight control and up and down commitment to the team. When he was committed, though, he was fantastic. This is a guy that probably under-performed given his incredibly high potential.

55. WR Lance Moore (2005-2013)

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Moore may be smaller in size but he was all heart and had as good of a pair of hands as any receiver in team history. Moore is 6th all time in team history for receiving yards, 5th all time in receiving touchdowns and 4th all time in receptions. He had 928 yards receiving in 2008 to go with 10 touchdowns, and 1,041 yards receiving in 2012. He also endeared himself with the fans for his hilarious dances and celebrations after first downs and scores.

54. FS Darren Sharper (2009-2010)

 

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I can’t think of anyone that made a more meaningful impact in just two seasons with the Saints. And really it’s just one season because he was injured and ineffective for almost all of 2010. Sharper had 9 interceptions in 2009, the year of the Super Bowl win, for 376 returns yards and 3 touchdowns, all career highs. He was of course elected to the Pro Bowl and received NFL defensive player of the year consideration. His single season interception return yardage is the most in NFL history. His 9 interceptions are also tied for 2nd in team history for most in a season.

53. P Thomas Morstead (2009-present)

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The biggest play of his life will of course be “ambush”, the suprise onsides kick in the Super Bowl which the Saints would recover. Morstead went to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and is known as an elite punter and kickoff man in the league. He holds the NFL record for most touchbacks in a game on kickoffs (9) and most touchbacks on kickoffs in a season (68). He also was on pace going into week 17 of breaking the NFL record for net punting average, but wasn’t able to get it. His career punt yards average of 47.1 is second in NFL history.

52. KR Michael Lewis (2001-2006)

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Lewis’ story is one that will forever be told in franchise history. He came to an open try out for the Saints as a local beer truck driver, and Jim Haslett found a place for him on the team due to his speed. He’s tied with Tyrone Hughes for the most kick returns for a touchdown in team history with 3, and he also ran back a punt for a touchdown once. He made the Pro Bowl as a returner in 2002. That year he set an NFL record for most combined return yards with 2,432 yards.

51. RB Chuck Muncie (1976-1980)

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Muncie is 6th in team history in rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns. He had undeniable elite talent, but the Saints traded him in 1980 to the Chargers because of continued off the field problems. That’s a shame, too, because he could have been one of the best all time if he had committed himself to football. His best season was in 1979 when he made the Pro Bowl rushing for 1,198 yards at 5.0 yards per carry and 11 touchdowns. He would also rush for 19 touchdowns with the Chargers in 1981 and make two more Pro Bowls with them. Like Charles Grant, as good as he was, he never reached his full potential in black and gold. Scary to consider, because he was very good.

50. S Brett Maxie (1985-1993)

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Maxie was part of some of the best defensive teams in franchise history and while he was overshadowed by the “Dome Patrol” linebacking core, he was a very good player in his own right. His 15 career interceptions are tied for 8th in team history. He had a dangerous combination of hitting power, talking ability and speed. I can also say he is one of the nicest NFL players I have ever had the chance of meeting.

Previous players:

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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