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77.  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 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.

Should Pat Swilling be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 62.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 26.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2004
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Played For: Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions
  • College: Georgia Tech
  • Drafted: 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)
    HIghest Approximate Value (1) (1991)
    Most Quarterback Sacks (1) (1991)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (1991 & 1992)
    Top Ten Finishes: Quarterback Sacks (4) (1987, 1989, 1991 & 1995)
    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Return Yards (1) (1996)
    Top Ten Finishes: Forced Fumbles (7) (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993 & 1995)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 12.  Forced Fumbles: 36
    24.  Quarterback Sacks: 107.5

Should Pat Swilling be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 62.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 26.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3%
Last modified on Thursday, 09 May 2019 05:08

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0 #2 Lance 2014-02-17 22:11
Swilling was better than Turnbull. Both benefited greatly from Jackson on the other outside LB spot and Mills on the inside however ;-)
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+2 #1 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
Pat Swilling and Sam Mills should be considered for the hall of fame much more than they are. I'm glad Rickey Jackson made it, but Swilling and Mills were, if not as good as Jackson, at least on the same level as him. Now for the I'm not a Saints fan part- I cheer for the Lions, who Swilling also played for. And no, I don't think Vaughan Johnson deserves to be in the hall of fame.
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