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New Orleans Saints History: By the (jersey) numbers

Marques Colston has made #12 his own as a star receiver with the New Orleans Saints (Photo: Parker Waters).Marques Colston has made #12 his own as a star receiver with the New Orleans Saints (Photo: Parker Waters).

Players wear jersey numbers for many reasons. Some for luck, some for tradition.

I had a player who wore number 5 tell me once that he wore it because he was a Superman fan growing up and it was the closet thing to wearing an "S" on his chest while working.

Out of curiousity, I decided to compile a list of jersey numbers worn by the New Orleans Saints throughout the history of the franchise and the prominent players to wear them. Thought you'd like to see what the list look like:

0- Obert Logan 1967

00- Ken Burrough 1970

1- Benny Ricardo 1980-81 (Garo Yepremian)

2- John Kasay-2011 (Aaron Brooks)

3- Bobby Hebert 1985-89 and '91 and '92

4- Steve Walsh-90-93 (Toby Gowin and Sean Canfield....this wasn't an easy decision)

5- Garrett Hartley

6- Thomas Morstead

7- Morten Andersen- 1982-94 (Danny Wuerffel)

8- Archie Manning (only one ever to wear it)

9- Drew Brees (also Happy Feller and Jake Delhomme, Tommy Kramer)

10- Chase Daniel (Skyler Green, Doug O' Brien, Charlie Durkee)

11- John Fourcade -87-90 (Richard Todd, Bivian Lee)

12- Marques Colston (Bobby Scott, Billy Joe Hobert)

13- Kerry Collins- 1998 (Doug Nussmeier)

14- Russell Erxleben '79-83 (Edd Hargett)

15- Charlie Durkee original PK (Courtney Roby)

16- Lance Moore (Snake Stabler,Tom Blanchard)

17- Billy Kilmer (Robert Meachem, Jim Everett)

18- Dave Wilson 1981-83 and '89, (Wade Wilson, Hugo Hollas)

19- Tom Dempsey' 69-70 (Devery Henderson, Guido Merkens)

20- Russell Gary '81-86 (Randall Gay, Derek Brown)

21- Dalton Hilliard '87-93 (Patrick Robinson)

22- Tracy Porter 2008-11(Howard Stevens, Lorenzo Neal)

23- Pierre Thomas (Buford Jordan, Dave Whitsell)

24- Elijah Nevett '67-70 (Milton Mack, Mario Bates)

25- Johnnie Poe '81-87 (Fred McAfee, Alex Molden, Al Dodd)

26- Deuce McAllister 2001-09 (Joe Don Looney,m Vince Buck)

27- Malcolm Jenkins (Flea Roberts, Antonio Gibson)

28- Mark Ingram (Gene Atkins, Alvin Maxson)

29- Sammy Knight (Chris Ivory, Maurice Spencer)

30- Wayne Wilson '79-81 (Les Kelley, Ernie Jackson)

31- Jim Taylor 1967

32- Vaughn Dunbar '92-95 (Tom Barrington0

33- Tyrone Hughes' 93-96 (Ashley Ambrose, Mike Strachan, Randy Schultz)

34- Iron Head Heyward '89-92 ( Tony Lorick, Jesse Phillips, Tony Galbreath, Ricky Williams)

35- Jim Otis 1970 (Earl Campbell)

36- Rueben Mayes '86-88 (Don McCall)

37- Tommy Myers '72-81 (Steve Stonebreaker, Mel Gray, Steve Gleason)

38- George Rogers '81-84 (Bill Butler, Tony Baker)

39- Brett Maxie '85-93 (Ernie Wheelwright)

40- Robert Massey '89-90 (Hoyle Granger, Terry Schmidt)

41- Roman Harper (Toi Cook)

42- Chuck Muncie '76-80 (Darren Sharper)

43- Darren Sproles (Tyrone Legette)

44- Dave Waymer '80-89 (Heath Evans, J.J. McCleskey)

45- Jack Holmes '78-82

46- Danny Abramowicz '67-73 (Hokie Gajan)

47- Cedric Mack '92-93

48- Andy Livingston '69-70

49- Frank Wattlet '81-87

50- Ken Bordelon '76-77 (Jake Kupp)

51- Sam Mills '86-94 (Johnathan Vilma, Sylvester Croom)

52- Jim Kovach '79-85

53- Vaughan Johnson '86-93 (Rick Kingrea)

54- Joe Wendryhoski '67-68 (Tom Roussell, Rick Middleton)

55- Mark Fields '95- 2000 (Scott Fujita, Jackie Burkett)

56- Pat Swilling '86-92

57- Rickey Jackson '81-93 (Jim Merlo)

58- Scott Shanle (Joe Federspiel)

59- Wayne Coleman '69-76

60- Steve Korte '83-90 (Don Reese, Derek Kennard, Brian Schweda)

61- Del Williams '67-73 (Joel Hilgenberg)

62- John Hill '75-84 (Jerry Fontenot)

63- Brad Edelman '82-89 (Steve Baumgartner)

64- Zach Streif (Dave LaFary)

65- Steve Trapilo '87-92 (Remi Prudhomme, Chris Naeole)

66- Conrad Dobler '78-79 (Louis Oubre, Chuck Commiskey)

67- Stan Brock '80-92 (John Shinners)

68- Kyle Turley '98- 2002

69- Les Miller '91-94

70- Jammal Brown 2005' 09 (Chris Port, Sam Holden)

71- Richard Cooper '90-95 (Kurt Schumacher, James Taylor)

72- Jim Dombrowski '86-96 (Mike Fultz, Joe Qwens,Earl Leggitt)

73- Frank Warren '81-89 and '91-94 (Jerry Sturm, Joe Campbell, Jahri Evans)

74- Derland Moore '73-85 (Jermon Bushrod, Mike Tilleman)

75- Bruce Clark '82-88 (Elex Price)

76- Dave Rowe '67-70 (Don Morrison, Jim Pietrzak)

77- Willie Roaf '93-2001 (Carl Nicks)

78- Jon Stinchcomb 2003-2010

79- Emanuel Zanders '74-80 (Lou Cordileone, Clovis Swinney)

80- Jimmy Graham (Jim Garcia, Larry Burton, Lindsay Scott, Alvin Harper, Brett Perriman)

81- Doug Atkins '67-69 (Michael Haynes)

82- Bob Pollard '71-77 (Johnny Brewer, Boo Williams,Irv Smith)

83- Torrance Small '92-96 (Tinker Owens, Kenny Duckett, Donte Stallworth, Dave Parker)

84- Rich Mauti '77-80- and '82-83 (Jim Hester)

85- Hoby Brenner '81-91 (Henry Childs, David Thomas, Wesley Walls)

86- Jeff Groth '81-85 (Jubilee Dunbar, Louis Lipps)

87- Joe Horn 2000- 2006 (Richard Neal, Mo Hill, Larry Hardy, Monty Stickles)

88- Floyd Turner '89-93 (Jeremy Shockey, Joel Parker, Brooks Williams)

89- Wes Chandler '78-81 (Quinn Early, Dave Long, Brett Bech)

90- James Williams '90-94

91- Will Smith (Pig Goff)

92- James Haynes '84-89

93- Wayne Martin '89-99

94- Jim Wilks '81-93 (Cam Jordan, Charles Grant)

95- Martez Wilson (Howard Green)

96- Alex Brown 2010

97- La'Roi Glover '97-2001 (Jumpy Geathers, Renaldo Turnbull)

98- Willie Whitehead '99-2006 (Sedrick Ellis)

99- Norman Hand 2000-02 (Joel Smeenge, Tony Elliott)

Which player changed jersey numbers the most in Saints history? Derek Brown wore numbers, 20, 21 and 24 as a running back in the 1990's.

Do you remember that Dalton Hilliard was first issued jersey number #40 by the Saints before requesting and receiving #21 worn in college?

Which jersey number was worn by more players than any other? Number # 86 was worn by 31 players throughout Black and Gold history.

 
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