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 90’s, it was on the strength of their defense. Pat Swilling was a big part of those squads.
Pat Swilling was an excellent pass rusher who was brilliant at rushing the passer. As New Orleans’ resident sack superstar, he five times (and another with Detroit) achieved double digit totals in that category. Swilling reached his high water mark in 1991 where he led the league in Sacks and captured the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Pat Swilling was one of the most tenacious defenders of all time, but despite making the playoffs often, his respective teams never made it to the second game. Had he been able to excel more in the playoffs, it is very possible that he could have been at least a Hall of Fame Finalist.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.A.
Right Outside Linebacker
New Orleans Saints
3rd Round, 60th Overall in 1986
Major Accolades and Awards:
NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1) (1991)
Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1993)
First Team All Pro Selection (2) (1991 & 1992)
Second Team All Pro Selection (2) (1989 & 1990)
Most Sacks (1) (1991)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Sacks (4) (1987, 1989, 1991 & 1995)
Notable All Time Rankings:
17. Sacks: 107.5
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: