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WhoDat!656 02-19-2013 04:40 AM

New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Manning. Hilliard. Hebert. Dempsey. Martin. Swilling.

For Saints fans, all of these names conjure up images of great moments over the lifespan of a mostly mediocre NFL team.

Who Dat Nation has had plenty of names to cheer about, and plenty of others to hide their faces in paper bags about over the 46 year existence of their mostly beloved Saints. Even when things weren't going so well, the "laissez les bon temps rouler" attitude of past Saints fans and Louisianians, generally allowed for it. Football (outside of LSU, of course) was a mere diversion.

Suddenly though, the eighties happened. Jim Mora rolled in from the now defunct USFL, and the Saints began to win. Saints fans began to have expectations. With those expectations came a sense of pride.

Pride turned in to playoff appearances under Mora. Later came a playoff victory under Jim Haslett. Finally, a terrible decision (in hindsight) by the Cowboys' Jerry Jones to allow quarterbacks coach Sean Payton take on his first coaching job with the Saints, leads to Super Bowl immortality.

Who are the figures, though, that have brought the Saints from the laughing stock of the league, to one of the most heralded and competitive teams in the NFL?

Here are the four most iconic figures in New Orleans Saints history.

New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons

jeanpierre 02-19-2013 07:56 AM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
If it's players only - then Manning, Brees, Jackson, Andersen...

Tobias-Reiper 02-19-2013 10:00 AM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Icons...
Got to have Archie in there.
Got to have Brees in there.
How can you have a Mount Rushmore of iconic figures without Deuce?
And you have to have a member of the Dome Patrol... so it's either Mills or Jackson.. I'd go with Jackson.

So it's Archie, Jackson, Deuce, Brees

Danno 02-19-2013 11:02 AM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
My four...

Archie Manning
Rickey Jackson
Drew Brees
Sam Mills (narrowly over Willie Roaf)

saintfan 02-19-2013 01:09 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Benson. Sean. Loomie. Finks.

mutineer10 02-19-2013 01:35 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Aaron Brooks
Toi Cook
Johnathan Sullivan
Mike Ditka

Vrillon82 02-19-2013 01:42 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Mora
Payton
Brees
Jackson


I think they are the ones who shaped the franchise to what it is of the last 20 years.

neugey 02-19-2013 04:02 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Guys we are over-thinking this -

Jackson-Mills-Vaughan-Swilling

subguy 02-19-2013 04:21 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Danno (Post 480634)
My four...

Archie Manning
Rickey Jackson
Drew Brees
Sam Mills (narrowly over Willie Roaf)

I would say due to space constraints on the Mount Roaf couldn't make it...he has one big head

Tobias-Reiper 02-19-2013 05:03 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Danno (Post 480634)
My four...

Archie Manning
Rickey Jackson
Drew Brees
Sam Mills (narrowly over Willie Roaf)

No Deuce?


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