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This Week in Saints History: March 13-19

March 13th

1995—Superdome commission approves $14.5 million in bonds to go towards construction of a new Saints practice facility in Metairie.

2002—Saints free agent DT La'roi Glover signs a five-year contract with the Cowboys.

2012—WR Marques Colston re-signs in free agency with Saints for about $40 million.

Today's birthdays:

Trezelle Jenkins—Born in 1973 (Tackle 1997)

March 14th

1967—The first-ever NFL-AFL combined draft is held where the Saints as an expansion team received a selection at the beginning & end of each of the 17 rounds plus an additional choice at the end of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds. The first of the Saints two first-round picks was traded to the Baltimore Colts in return for quarterback Gary Cuozzo.

New Orleans used their other first-round pick for Alabama running back Les Kelley who would later be converted to linebacker. Other players who made the regular season roster from this draft include Bo Burris (S 2nd rd.), John Gilliam (RB 3rd), Dave Rowe (DT 3rd), Del Williams (G 3rd), Ben Hart (WR 3rd), Don McCall (RB 5th), John Douglas (CB 5th), George Harvey (G 6th), Charlie Brown (PR 10th), Jim Hester (TE 14th), Bruce Cortez (CB 16th) and future Saints Hall of fame inductee Danny Abramowicz (WR 17th rd.).

1994—The Atlanta Falcons decided not to match the Saints offer sheet to WR Michael Haynes, a restricted free agent. The local product received a four-year $10 million contract in New Orleans.

2006—Saints sign free-agent quarterback Drew Brees from the San Diego Chargers to a six-year contract woth $60 million. Also on this day, the Saints equipment staff including Dan Simmons and Silky Powell is selected as Whitey Zimmerman Memorial Award winner for the 2005 season via a vote by their peers.

2012—Saints guard Carl Nicks signs a $47.5 million contract in free agency with Tampa Bay Buccaneers while WR Robert Meachem signs with the San Diego Chargers for $25.9 million.

Today's birthdays:

Uhuru Hamiter—Born in 1973 (Defensive end/Defensive tackle 1998-99)

Jack Henry—Born in 1946 (Offensive line coach 2000-05)

Antowain Smith—Born in 1972 (Running back 2005)

Fred Stokes—Born in 1964 (Defensive end 1996)

March 15th

2012—Saints sign free agent guard Ben Grubbs from the Ravens in a 5-year, $36 million deal to replace Nicks.

Today's birthdays:

Dave Szymakowski—Born in 1946 (Wide receiver 1968)

Derrick Taylor—Born in 1964 (Safety 1987) strike replacement player

Mike Waters—Born in 1962 (Tight end 1987), this strike replacement player once held Saints record for longest TD catch (versus the Rams).

March 17th

1994—Media reports surface that the Saints are about to sign QB Bubby Brister from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Developments are initially so advanced that WWL radio signs Brister, a Louisiana native, to do a radio show that season. Reports are determined to be premature the next day.

Today's birthdays:

Don Burchfield—Born in 1949 (Tight end 1971)

Curtis Holden—Born in 1979 (Linebacker 2001)

Chuck Muncie—Born in 1953 (Running back 1976-80), he was the first Saints player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season (1979). Muncie was a New Orleans first round draft choice in 1976.

March 16th

Today's birthdays:

Mel Gray—Born in 1961 (Kick returner/Punt returner 1986-88), he produced a punt return for TD in '88 against Denver to end a Saints drought of 20 years for such a feat.

Steve Israel—Born in 1969 (Cornerback 2001)

Jerry Moore—Born in 1949 (Safety 1973-74)

Bob Shaw (player)—Born in 1947 (Wide receiver 1970)

March 18th

1967—Saints hire their fourth assistant coach in Jack Faulkner, formerly of the Broncos, as defensive coordinator.

1994—Saints acquire Rams QB Jim Everett in return for a seventh-round draft choice. The previous starter Wade Wilson's contract is terminated but he re-signs with the club the following month.

Today's birthdays:

Joe Kohlbrand—Born in 1963 (Linebacker 1985-89)

Reggie Mathis—Born in 1956 (Linebacker 1979-80)

Tyrunn Walker—Born in 1990 (Defensive Tackle 2012-present)

March 19th

1981—Saints hire Russell Paternostro as strength and conditioning coach, a position he would keep for 16 seasons.

Today's birthdays:

Tom Backes—Born in 1968 (Guard 1993)

Kirk Botkin—Born in 1971 (Tight end 1994-95)

Chet Franklin—Born in 1935 (Def. backs coach 1978-79; Director of Pro Personnel 1994-97)

Steve Gleason—Born in 1977 (Safety/special teams captain 2000-07), he is remembered for blocking a punt in the Saints first home game at the Superdome after Katrina. In a win over the Falcons on Sept. 25, 2006, the blocked kick was recovered for a score by Curtis DeLoatch.

*Leon McQuay—Born in 1950 (Running back/kick returner 1976) Passed away November 29, 1995

Matt Tennant—Born in 1987 (Center/Guard 2010-11)

Toussaint Tyler—Born in 1959 (Running back 1981-82), he is credited with knocking Giants LB great Lawrence Taylor unconscious on a special teams play in the Meadowlands in '81.


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