1972—Former NASA astronaut Captain Richard Gordon was hired by owner John Mecom, Jr. as Saints executive vice president. Gordon and Mecom became friends when they shared an airplane flight together from Washington D.C. to Houston in 1970.
2005—Long-time WVUE-TV & WDSU-TV sports director Buddy Diliberto passed away at age 73. A colorful commentator, he served as sports director of WWL-AM from 1991-2005 as host of the station's Saints radio network's pre-game & post-game shows. He was known for calling his less-coherent callers "squirrels."
2009--Gary Gibbs is released as Saints defensive coordinator.
2012—The Saints defeat the Lions in NFC Wild Card Playoff action 45-28 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Lions WR Charles Johnson had 211 receiving yards. Lions CB Donovan Greer has two INTs and the Detroit defense had two sacks and two fumble recoveries by LB Justin Durant, but it was not enough.
Saints QB Drew Brees totaled 33 completions for 466 yards for an superb offense that managed 626 total yards. Touchdown catches by WR Devery Henderson, TE Jimmy Graham, and WR Robert Meachem and TD runs by Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles (2) lit up the scoreboard.
For the second time in post-season history, the Saints had two 100-yard receivers in a game (Meachem-111; WR Marques Colston-120).
Black & Gold birthdays today:
Brian Milne—Born in 1973 (Fullback & Special Teams 2000), Milne is known for recovering an Az Hakim fumbled punt with under two minutes to go to seal the Saints first-ever playoff win on 12/30/2000 against the Rams, 31-28.
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