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This Week in Saints History: January 16-22

Legendary quarterback Roger Staubach led the Dallas Cowboys to their first world championship with a win in Super Bowl VI.Legendary quarterback Roger Staubach led the Dallas Cowboys to their first world championship with a win in Super Bowl VI.

January 16th

1970—Saints are re-aligned into the new National Football Conference Western Division with the 49ers, Rams and Falcons.

1972—Super Bowl VI is held at Tulane Stadium and televised on CBS-TV. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins, 24-3. Future Hall of Fame QB Roger Staubach is named the game's MVP.

1995—Monte Kiffin is named new Saints defensive coordinator, replacing Steve Sidwell.

2010—Saints defeat the Arizona Cardinals at the Superdome, 45-14, in a second-round playoff game. It was the Saints third franchise playoff win.

Although the Cardinals scored on the game's first offensive play on a 70 yard run by RB Tim Hightower, the Saints controlled rest of the contest.

Drew Brees tossed three touchdown passes (to TE Jeremy Shockey, WRs Devery Henderson & Marques Colston) while RB Lynell Hamilton had a TD run. Reggie Bush had a monster day with a 46-yard darting touchdown run and a 83-yard punt return for score. Safety Darren Sharper has a fumble recovery. Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, injured on a block by DE Bobby McCray, retires after the game.

Today's birthdays:

Mario Bates—Born in 1973 (Running Back 1994-97)

Chuck Crist—Born in 1951 (Safety 1975-77)

Bryce Harris—Born in 1989 (Tackle 2012-present)

Joe Horn—Born in 1972 (Wide Receiver 2000-06) Remember for cell-phone incident vs the Giants in 2003, also Saints Hall of Famer

Brad Leggett—Born in 1966 (Center 1990-91) Part of first-ever father-son combination in Saints player history (Dad-Earl played defensive tackle '67-68)

Mark Simoneau—Born in 1977 (Linebacker 2006-09), he was part of the Super Bowl XLIV-winning team.

January 17th

2006—Saints officially re-open their facilities in Metairie, LA after relocating in San Antonio due to Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

Gregg Williams ran the opportunistic Saints defense in the magical 2009 season that resulted in the franchise's first Super Bowl win.Gregg Williams ran the opportunistic Saints defense in the magical 2009 season that resulted in the franchise's first Super Bowl win.

2012—Defense coordinator Gregg Williams steps down (contract expired) to become defensive coordinator of the Rams under their new head coach Jeff Fisher. Two months later he would be suspended indefinitely by the NFL due to his involvement in the "Bounty-Gate" situation.

Today's birthdays:

Rusty Rebowe—Born in 1956 (Linebacker 1978)—attended Nicholls State Univ. in Thibodaux

January 18th

1970—The West squad wins the Pro Bowl, 16-13. Saints head coach Tom Fears and his staff ran the East squad with Saints players in the game including running backs Andy Livingston (chosen by Fears after Cowboys RB Calvin Hill couldn't play) and Tony Baker, kicker Tom Dempsey, and guard Jake Kupp.

1994—John Matsko becomes new Saints offensive line coach.

2006—Saints hire former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Sean Payton as head coach.

Today's birthdays:

Ned James—Born in 1964--(Defensive assistant coach-mainly with linebackers-1998-99)

Dale Lindsey—Born in 1943 (Linebacker 1973)

January 19th

1969—Saints defensive tackle Dave Rowe plays in the Pro Bowl for the East squad, but West wins 10-7.

2010—Deuce McAllister formally retires as a Saints player.

Today's birthdays:

Jeff Charleston—Born in 1983 (Defensive end 2007-2011), he was part of Super Bowl XLIV championship team.

Phil Clarke—Born in 1977 (Linebacker 1999-2001)

Jim DeRatt—Born in 1953 (Safety 1975)

Kim Jones—Born in 1952 (Running back 1976-79)

*Lance Van Zandt—Born in 1939 (Def. Backs coach 1981-84), he passed away August 28, 2008.

January 20th

1976—Hank Stram is hired as Saints head coach.

1981—Saints General Manager Steve Rosenbloom and Vice President of Player Personnel Dick Steinberg resign.

1994—Chet Franklin becomes Saints Director of Pro Personnel. He was a former Saints defensive backs coach from 1978-79 under head coach Dick Nolan.

Today's birthdays:

Darnell Dinkins—Born in 1977 (Tight end 2009), he was part of Super Bowl XLIV championship team.

Tory Humphrey—Born in 1983 (Tight end 2009-2011), another member of Super Bowl XLIV championship team.

Eddie Kennison—Born in 1973 (Wide receiver 1999), this former LSU star was a second round pick of the Rams before his time with the Black & Gold.

Reggie Lewis—Born in 1954 (Defensive end 1982-84)

Johnny Mitchell—Born in 1971 (Tight end 2001)

Tom Roussel—Born in 1945 (Linebacker 1971-72), he is a native of Thibodaux, LA.

January 21st

1968—Saints cornerback Dave Whitsell, the season's UPI Comeback Player of the Year, plays in the NFL Pro Bowl for the East squad.  the West squad wins 38-20.

1999—Dick Stanfel announces his retirement from the NFL. With the Saints, he served as offensive line coach from 1976-80 and again from 1997-98. He was also interim head coach in New Orleans for the last four games of 1980. Stanfel had also been a final candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his time in the 1950's as an offensive lineman with the Lions and Redskins.

A special season for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints came to a crashing halt in Chicago on January 21, 2007.A special season for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints came to a crashing halt in Chicago on January 21, 2007.

2007—Saints lose the NFC Championship game at Chicago, 39-14. It was the Saints eighth-ever playoff game. New Orleans trailed just 16-14 in third quarter after RB Reggie Bush's 88-yard TD catch. Saints QB Drew Brees was later sacked for a safety in the third quarter. Chicago's momentum allowed for 21 unanswered points. Brees had 354 yards and a pair of touchdown passes (the other to Marques Colston) with an INT. Saints LB Scott Fujita had 10 tackles.

The Bears held the Saints offense held to 56 rushing yards while Thomas Jones has 123 yards and a pair of rushing scores. The Mosnters of the Midway defense had three sacks and three forced fumbles, but Chicago lost the Super Bowl XLI to the Indianapolis Colts.

Today's birthdays:

Dalton Hilliard—Born in 1964 (Running back 86-93), this LSU legend and Saints Hall of Famer is a native of Patterson, LA.

Grady Jackson—Born in 1973 (Nose tackle 2002-03)

Jim Kearney—Born in 1943 (Safety 1976)

*David Knowles—Born in 1955 (Tackle 1977)—Passed away December 30, 2000

Jonathan Sullivan—Born in 1981 (Nose Tackle 2003-05), ws a first round pick in '03.

O. A. "Bum" Phillips and January 22 have a special connection in New Orleans Saints history.O. A. "Bum" Phillips and January 22 have a special connection in New Orleans Saints history.

January 22nd

1971—The Dallas Bonehead Club awards their Bonehead of the Year trophy to Saints kicker Tom Dempsey. In the group’s opinion, his 63-yard field goal to beat the Lions was responsible for knocking the Saints out of the top position in the upcoming 1971 college draft (the Boston Patriots would pick first).

1981—Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips is named Saints head coach.

1986—Interim head coach Wade Phillips, who took the job after his father Bum stepped down late in the 1985 season, and assistant coaches are released.

Today's birthdays:

Vinnie Clark—Born in 1969 (Cornerback 1994)

George Henshaw—Born in 1948 (asst. coach 2006-07)

Brian Jones—Born in 1968 (Linebacker 1995-98)

Lincoln Minor—Born in 1950 (Running back 1973)

Steve Scifres—Born in 1972 (Tackle 1999)

*Derrick Shepard—Born in 1964 (Wide receiver/returner 1989)—Passed away August 4, 1999

Jeff Walker—Born in 1963 (Guard 1988-89)

 

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