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SmashMouth 09-06-2015 06:21 PM

New Orleans Saints' 4 remaining veterans from 2006 look to recapture magic
 
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On it is a list bearing names from the 2009 season, citing every contributor to the Super Bowl 44-winning squad, from Drew Brees to Thomas Morstead to some only remembered when it comes up in trivia.

Saints tackle Zach Strief remembers them all. But to most of his young teammates, a vast majority of those names are foreign, a part of history already fading away.

"I know all of those people," Strief said. "Ninety-five percent of this team knows the guys that are here, and maybe three guys. And that's amazing, because it wasn't that long ago."

A few of the names on the list, such as Reggie Bush, Lance Moore, Roman Harper and Jo-Lonn Dunbar, are still in the NFL. But only four who joined the team in 2006 remain in the Saints' building: Brees, Strief, wide receiver Marques Colston and guard Jahri Evans.

"It's pretty incredible that you could have four guys that came in at the same time, 10 years ago (and) still be together." Brees said. "That is pretty amazing. ... That's highly unusual in this league, where there has been so much turnover.

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WillSaints81 09-06-2015 07:18 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints' 4 remaining veterans from 2006 look to recapture magic
 
Thats what concerns me. The players that were here from the start, on defense especially, knew to play teams like the falcons hard. Thats the one thing I take from this is that our veteran players were why we started owning them. Do our newer guys understand how to beat them, do they know their tricks? Thats going to be the big question by week 6. Thank goodness we have the advantage because of the shorter rest and better offense at home.

RailBoss 09-07-2015 01:02 AM

Re: New Orleans Saints' 4 remaining veterans from 2006 look to recapture magic
 
Good point but you have to assume that the high turnover in the NFL effects every team the same as us. So the rival days of Veteran players
is quickly diminishing.

Crusader 09-07-2015 03:14 AM

Re: New Orleans Saints' 4 remaining veterans from 2006 look to recapture magic
 
Man I can really relate to the telling of stories that Strief talks about. I'm 34 now having played 14 seasons. When I talk to my teammates that are in their early twenties about this and that player that was great or a certain game they have no clue at all.


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