1975—Saints traded RB Jess Phillips to the Oakland Raiders in return for an undisclosed draft choice.
*Toni Fritsch—Born in 1945 (Kicker 1982), he passed away September 13, 2005. After missing field goals at Dallas in 1982, he packed his belongings from his apartment, moved back to Houston and didn't tell head coach Bum Phillips he was quitting.
Joel Hilgenberg—Born in 1962 (Center/Guard 1984-93) Saints Hall of Famer is pictured at center with quarterback Bobby Hebert.
Cameron Jordan—Born in 1989 (Defensive End 2011-present) First round draft choice in 2011
Antwan Lake—Born in 1979 (Defensive Tackle 2006-08)
*Dave McCormick—Born in 1943 (Tackle 1967-68) Part of original team; Passed away in 1989 (LSU)
Malcolm Scott—Born in 1961 (Tight End 1987) strike replacement player
Don Thorp—Born in 1962 (Defensive Tackle 1984)
1976—Saints traded a 5th round draft choice to the Rams in return for LB Ken Bordelon (a New Orleans native).
1991—The fourth annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held featuring inductees FB Tony Galbreath (1976-80) and DE/DT Derland Moore (1973-85). the Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner was "Father of the Saints" Dave Dixon.
1995—The eighth annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held featuring inductees DT Bob Pollard (1971-77) and DE Doug Atkins (1967-69). The Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner was Saints Hall of Fame founder and long-time Kenner Mayor Aaron Broussard.
Ken Irvin—Born in 1972 (Cornerback 2002)
Joe Johnson—Born in 1972 (Defensive End 1994-2001) Saints Hall of Famer
Mike Walker—Born in 1949 (Defensive End 1971)
1967—Former LSU player M.C. Reynolds (QB) voluntarily retired from Saints camp; he had been out of football for five seasons.
1967—Saints formally announced their mascot, a Saint Bernard dog that would be six months old when he arrived for the start of the season. It was provided by the Louisiana Resturant Association & Heiligehof Kennels of Morrison, Colorado. A contest was held for the fans to choose the dog's name where the winning entry received two season tickets for the inaugural season (name later announced as Gumbo).
1969—Veteran DT Earl Leggett announced his retirement as a Saints player, ending an 11-year NFL career including the last two with the Saints in the club's first two years. Club also announced the signing of RB Joe Don Looney who had been out of football after serving two years in the Vietnam War. Looney, who had a history of behavioral problems with four previous NFL teams, would only last three regular season games.
1975—Saints opened training camp in Thibodaux, Louisiana (Nicholls State University) for rookies. Quarterbacks reported two days later while the rest of the team came five days after that. Camp wound up being cut short due to rain issues.
One Saints staff member later calculated that 60 percent of the training camp practices were held at Tulane Stadium where the team would take buses back and forth from New Orleans to Thibodaux on the wetter days.
1978—Saints opened training camp in Vero Beach, Florida (Dodgertown).
1990—The third annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held featuring inductee QB Billy Kilmer (1967-70) & Fleur-de-lis award winner Joe Gemelli (founder & long-time member of Touchdown Club of N.O.). Starting in 1991, this award is named for Mr. Gemelli.
1994—The seventh annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held featuring inductees TE Henry Childs (1974-80) and general manager Jim Finks (1986-93). Mr. Finks passed away two months earlier and his award was accepted by his son Tom. The Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner was long-time Saints photographer Erby Aucoin.
Nate Ramsey—Born in 1941 (Cornerback/Safety 1973)
1967—Larry Karl, who served as the club's "de facto General manager" (official title Executive Assistant to the Saints committee) resigned his position over what he told the Times-Picayune was "internal politics."
1979—Saints training camp in Vero Beach, Florida (Dodgertown) opened for rookies, veterans reported a week later.
1981—Saints training camp in Vero Beach, Florida (Dodgertown) opened for rookies; veterans reported 10 days later.
1988—The first-ever Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held (at the N.O. Hilton) with first two inductees, QB Archie Manning (1971-82) and WR Danny Abramowicz (1967-73).
1989—The second annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held featuring inductees safety Tom Myers (1972-81) and kicker Tom Dempsey (1969-70) and Fleur-de-lis Award Winner Al Hirt (trumpeter & part owner for first 10 years). The Fleur-de-lis Award goes to someome displaying outstanding team support.
1993—The sixth annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held featuring inductees LB Joe Federspiel (1972-80) and Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner Wayne Mack (long-time N.O. broadcaster), who had passed away three months before the ceremony. Mack's wife Mary Lou accepted for him.
2012—After over one year of on-and-off negotiations, Saints QB Drew Brees agreed to terms on a new contract on a five-year, $100 million deal including $60 million in guaranteed money.
Dan Abramowicz—Born in 1945 (Wide Receiver 1967-73, Offensive Coordinator 1997-99) Saints Hall of Famer, part of original Saints team, caught more passes than any other NFL receiver from 1968-72.
1974—Saints rookies reported to training camp in Vero Beach, Florida.
1983—Saints reported to training camp in Vero Beach, Florida (Dodgertown). It was the first time under Bum Phillips that all players reported at once.
1991—Saints open training camp at LaCrosse, Wisconsin (Univ. WI-LaCrosse).
1992—The fifth annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon was held featuring inductees RB George Rogers (1981-84), center John Hill (1975-84), and guard Jake Kupp (1967-75). The Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner was Charlie Kertz, founder of Charlie's Saints Marching Club.
1993—Saints general manager Jim Finks formally resigned due to illness. Owner Tom Benson announced himself as General Manager on an interim basis.
1994—Saints signed LB Darion Conner (pictured right) to a one-year contract. Some felt the signing of the former Atlanta Falcon was over concern that LB Joel Smeenge may not be able to adequately fill-in for Rickey Jackson, who left for the 49ers.
Ken Burrough—Born in 1948 (Wide Receiver 1970) First round draft choice in '70 wore #00
Elbert Mack—Born in 1986 (Defensive Back 2012-present)
Gunnard Twyner—Born in 1973 (Wide Receiver 1997)
*Dave Whitsell—Born in 1936 (Cornerback/Safety 1967-69) Saints Hall of Famer passed away October 7, 1999. He was named the NFL UPI Comeback player of the year in '67 and became the Saints first-ever Pro Bowler.
Doug Atkins #81
1967—The Saints sent guard Don Croftcheck to the the Chicago Bears in return for future NFL Hall of Fame DE Doug Atkins and tackle Herman Lee (who doesn't make the regular season roster).
1970—Rookies and some veterans reported to training camp at Bowling Green University (Ohio). Most veterans reported three days later.
1970—Ground was finally broken on the site of the Louisiana Superdome after the statewide Constitutional Amendment to approve it (November 1966) was challenged in Civil District Court, Federal District Court, Louisiana Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court by businessmen and elected officials who felt it was wrong for varying reasons. Governor John McKeithen states the Superdome is, "....the greatest thing that's happened to the state since the Louisiana Purchase."
1996—Players reported to training camp in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (Univ. of Wisconsin-LaCrosse), technically first training camp practice was at new facility the day before in front of fans.
2000—First training camp practice of coach Jim Haslett's era began at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA.
John Bunting—Born in 1950 (LBs Coach 2000), he left in December 2000 (during the season) to become head coach at North Carolina State.
Tim Carter—Born in 1978 (Cornerback 2001)
Gregg Williams—Born in 1958 (Defensive Coordinator 2009-11) Part of Super Bowl XLIV team
Donald "Snacks" Willis—Born in 1973 (Guard 1995-97)
1988—Rookies reported to Saints training camp in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Veterans reported six days later. One report later stated that General Manager Jim Finks had camp moved to Wisconsin out of concern over players' health in relation to coach Jim Mora's intense practices in the high heat and humidity of south Louisiana.
1993—Saints reported to training camp in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Aaron Glenn—Born in 1972 (Cornerback 2008)
Chip Lohmiller—Born in 1966 (Kicker 1995), he replaced fan favorite Morten Andersen. The former solid Redskins kicker struggled mightily and only lasted half way through the '95 regular season.
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