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A look at Morten Andersen's PFHOF Snub

Last month, regular contributor, Spheniscus and I debated the Hall of Fame merits of those who were on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

Now that the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has announced their class has done the same.  We were hopeful to do this prior to the announcement of the actual inductees, but life, as it often does simply got in the way!

Saying that, we felt it was worth our time to take a look at the 2016 Nominees and debate whether they should have gotten in (or not) and look to the future of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The New Orleans Saints add two more to their HOF

Our long and arduous work in progress of ranking the top fifty players for every North American sorts team is underway, but after that is completed we will then take a look how each franchise honors their own in terms of respective franchise halls of fame, ring of honors, retired numbers and statues.

As such it is news to us that last night the New Orleans Saints inducted two new members into their Hall of Fame.

Kick/Punt Return Specialist, Tyrone Hughes played for the Saints from 1993 to 1996 and in each season he led the National Football League in a return category.  Hughes was the Punt Return Yards leader in ’93 and in 1994 to 1996 he would be the league leader in Kick Return Yards.  In total, Hughes accumulated 6,777 Return Yards and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1993.

Joining Hughes is Michael Lewis who played for the franchise from 2001 to 2006.  Like Tyrone Hughes, Lewis was primarily a returner who in 2002 led the NFL in Punt Return Yards, Kick Return Yards and All-Purpose Yards and not surprisingly was named a First Team All Pro and Pro Bowl Selection that season.  Overall as a Saint, would tally 7,955 All-Purpose Yards.

The addition of Hughes and Lewis to the Saints Hall of Fame is also noteworthy as both are natives of the Crescent City.

We here at would like to congratulate the newest class to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. 

Lance Moore Retires. Saints HOF perhaps?

It looks like we have another retirement worth mentioning in the National Football League.

Five days after signing with the Atlanta Falcons, Wide Receiver, Lance Moore has announced his retirement from Professional Football.

Undrafted in 2005 out of the University of Toledo, Moore would sign on with the New Orleans Saints and made the active roster for six games in 2006.  He would build himself up to the number three starter and worked his way up the starter, building himself up to be a part of why the Saints got to, and won Super Bowl 44.  Moore would have 2 receptions for 21 Yards and a 2 Point Conversion in that big game.

In 2012, Moore would have his biggest season, catching 75 passes for 1,041 Yards and 6 Touchdowns.  He would leave New Orleans and finish off his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions.

He retires with 389 Receptions with 4,816 Yards and 44 Touchdowns.

While we have no illusion that Lance Moore will be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame is within his grasp and could be there in the next ten years.

Hall of Fame or not, we here at would like to thank Lance Moore for his gridiron memories and we wish him the best in the next stage of his life.

Reggie Bush & Marques Colston to the New Orleans Saints HOF

The New Orleans Saints have announced that former players, Reggie Bush and Marques Colston will be inducted into their franchise Hall of Fame.

Reggie Bush was drafted 2ndoverall in 2006 and the former USC Trojan was viewed by many as the savior of the franchise coming off the Saints return to exile following a season playing on the road after Hurricane Katrina.  Bush may not have put forth the statistical impact that was expected, but he was a bona fide threat on every single play and opened up the offense in ways that few can do.  Bush would be a key figure in the Saints Super Bowl XLIV Championship win and he would accumulate 4,968 All-Purpose Yards with 33 Touchdowns.

Marques Colston was also drafted in 2006, but he was chosen in the 7thRound from Hofstra.  The Wide Receiver would play all 10 of his seasons with the Saints and he is the franchise’s all-time leader in Receptions (711), Receiving Yards (9,759) and Touchdowns (72).

The two former players are joined by former Louisiana Governor, Kathleen Blanco who worked to keep the Saints in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and expediting the repair of the Superdome.

We here at would like to congratulate the newest members of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

Our All-Time Top 50 New Orleans Saints are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the New Orleans Saints. 

The New Orleans Saints first came to fruition in 1967, bringing the city their first major professional sports team.  The Saints were awful for their first 20 years of existence, only having two .500 years in that timeframe, and it took until 2000 for the team to record their first playoff win.

Hurricane Katrina forced the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, and for a time it looked like they might relocate.  It didn’t happen, and with Quarterback, Drew Brees, they went to their first Super Bowl and won it (Super Bowl XLIV).  

The Saints have fielded many competitive teams since, but have yet to return to the Super Bowl.

As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always, we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Drew Brees

2. Rickey Jackson

3. Jahri Evans

4. Willie Roaf

5. Pat Swilling

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our more material coming soon!

As always we thank you for your support.

40. Sam Mills

Often in boxing, stellar lighter weight boxers are referred to as the “greatest fighter pound for pound”.  If there was a case to be made for that designation for linebackers, it is possible that it would go to Sam Mills.
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43. Eric Allen

There have been many great defensive stars for the Philadelphia Eagles through the years.  Perhaps one of their quickest was Eric Allen, who was a constant threat to intercept any football thrown in his vicinity.

Eric Allen was an impact player almost immediately in the NFL.  In his first eight years as a professional, Allen was named to the Pro Bowl six times and despite being a Cornerback, became a Sports Centre staple.  In 1993, Eric Allen had six picks, four of which he returned for touchdowns.
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85. Pat Swilling

The New Orleans Saints offense has been good for so long, it is forgotten that when they were able to put decent teams together in the early ’90s, it was on the strength of their defense.  Pat Swilling was a big part of those squads.
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185. Darren Sharper

Although he became known for the sexual assault case in 2014 (which alleged that he was a serial rapist), Darren Sharper was known mostly on the gridiron for his defensive skills and for leading the National Football League in Interception Return Yards three times.
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