Top 50 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.


This list is up to the end of the 2019 season.

Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

In 1980, the Green Bay Packers used the fourth overall pick in the draft to take Penn State's, Bruce Clark.  To the shock of everyone, Clark did not sign with Green Bay, who planned to the Defensive End to Nose Tackle and elected to go to the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts.
Charles Grant played all of his NFL Games with the New Orleans Saints, the team that chose him in the First Round of the 2002 Draft.
John Hill was a New York Giant for the first three years of his career, but he joined the New Orleans Saints in 1975, and that would be the team he played for over the next ten seasons. 
Chuck Muncie was the highest drafted Running Back in 1976 (3rdOverall), and he would become part of the Thunder/Lightning team with Tony Galbreath, and he would be named to the All-Rookie Team.
Joe Federspiel was with the New Orleans Saints for all but his final year (he was with the Baltimore Colts), where he played his entire career (1972-80).
The New Orleans Saints executed patience with Jon Stinchcomb, who played only 10 Games in his first two seasons after being a 2003 Second Round Pick from Georgia.  Stinchcomb did not play at all in 2005, due to a knee injury, and it appeared that there might be a bust on their hands.  Stinchcomb would not have agreed with that assessment, and…
In 1976, the New Orleans Saints drafted Running Back, Chuck Muncie, in the First Round.  With their Second Round Pick, they took another Running Back, Tony Galbreath, from the University of Missouri.
Pierre Thomas was not one of the players chosen in the 2007 NFL Draft, but the Running Back from Illinois found employment quickly with the New Orleans Saints.
Jermon Bushrod only appeared in three Games in his first two years after he was drafted in 2007, and if you were not a diehard Saints fan, you probably had no idea that he existed.  This changed in 2009 after Jamaal Brown was injured, and the former star from Towson now had a home at Left Tackle.
A First Round Pick from Oklahoma, Jammal Brown was an All-Rookie in 2005, but he quickly established himself afterward as one of the premier Left Tackles in the game.
Jonathan Vilma was the Defensive Rookie of the Year with the New York Jets in 2004, and he was a Pro Bowler the following year as the NFL’s leading tackler.  Of course, this is a list of all-time Saints, which was where Vilma landed after he was traded there in 2008.
When you think of Kyle Turley, most fans automatically think of the time that he grabbed the helmet of the Jets’ Damien Robinson’s after a scrum and flung it across the field.  That was a microcosm of what Turley was about, a player bordering on being considered dirty yet incredibly popular among fans for his desire to win.