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3. Rickey Jackson

If you had the football, the chances were pretty good that Rickey Jackson was going to find you.

Coming to the New Orleans Saints as a second-rounder in 1981 from Pittsburgh, Jackson would become the best Linebacker that the Saints ever had. Jackson would earn six Pro Bowl selections, with five Second Team All-Pro nods.  In his first six seasons in football, he finished in the top seven in Tackles and would have well over 1,000 as a Saint.  Jackson led the NFL in Forced Fumbles four times, and Fumble Recoveries once, while sacking the Quarterback 115 times for New Orleans. Jackson only missed two games, which was due to a car accident, but he finished out that respective season (1989) with wires in his jar.   

Yes, Linebackers are tough!

Playing with the Saints until 1993, Jackson played his final two seasons in football in San Francisco, where he helped the 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX. With the Saints, 

Jackson was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 and was inducted into the Saints Ring of Honor the following year as an inaugural member.   Years before, in 1997, Jackson was selected for the Saints Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 51st Overall in the NFL Draft 4/28/81.
  • Departed: Signed with the San Francisco 49ers before the 1994 Season.
  • Games Played: 195
  • Notable Statistics:

    195 Games Started
    7 Interceptions
    67 Interception Return Yards
    38 Forced Fumbles
    27 Fumble Recoveries
    24 Fumble Recovery Yards
    123.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    1,104 Combined Tackles
    144 Approximate Value

    4 Playoff Games
    1 Fumble Recovery
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    3.0 Quarterback Sacks

    *Sacks became an official stat in 1982 but were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Played For: New Orleans Saints
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 & 1993)
    Pro Bowl (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 & 1993)
    Most Fumble Recoveries (1990)
    Most Forced Fumbles (1981, 1982, 1984 & 1986)

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