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The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based only on their time with the Saints

A list of the best New Orleans Saints of all time. For many years, the New Orleans Saints were the laughingstock of the NFL. Their fans wore invented wearing paperbags over their faces at games to conceal their identity because those teams were so bad. One of the only players worth watching in those bad old days was Archie Manning. Superstar quarterback, Manning spent most of his days in New Orleans running for his life behind porous offensive lines and had little talent at the skill position. It took the Saints nearly 20 years to make the playoffs. Behind the intimidating Dome Patrol linebacking crew, which was featured some of the best linebackers of all time, the Saints went to the playoffs four times in six seasons.

It took until Drew Brees arrived in 2006 for the Saints franchise to finally hit their stride. Behind one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, the Saints reached the NFC Championship Game that year. The team's fortunes improved as they slowly added the greatest players in Saints history. Finally, in 2009, one of the best Saints teams ever captured something that many thought wasn't possible: a Super Bowl title. Behind Brees, wide receiver Marques Colston and a high-flying offense, the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints offense is one of the best in the NFL and with up-and-coming stars like tight end Jimmy Graham, New Orleans looks to be unstoppable for the foreseeable future.

This is the list of the best New Orleans Saints of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest New Orleans Saints player of all time.
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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Quarterback from Austin, Texas, United States of America
2
Marques Colston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Wide receiver from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
3
Rickey Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Linebacker from Pahokee, Florida
4
Deuce McAllister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Running back from Ludlow, Mississippi
5
Archie Manning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Quarterback from Drew, Mississippi
6
Willie Roaf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Willie Roaf Tackle from Pine Bluff, Arkansas
7
Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Placekicker from Copenhagen, Denmark
8
Sam Mills is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Linebacker from Neptune City, New Jersey
9
Joe Horn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Joe Horn Wide receiver from Tupelo, Mississippi
10
Pat Swilling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Linebacker from Toccoa, Georgia
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
slaft added Defensive end from New York City, New York
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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Tight end from Goldsboro, North Carolina
13
Mark Ingram is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
FaithJezek added Mark Ingram
14
Jonathan Vilma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
bigulcards added Linebacker from Coral Gables, Florida
15
Alvin Kamara is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
22klingforthdillan added Alvin Kamara
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Pierre Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Running back from Lynwood, Illinois
17
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
vkvines added Cameron Jordan Defensive end from Chandler, Arizona
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Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
vkvines added Michael Thomas Safety from Houston, Texas
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Jahri Evans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
AlexPutnam added Guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Vaughn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Vaughn Johnson
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Steve Gleason is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
willyboymcoy added Safety and Linebacker from Spokane, Washington
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Thomas Morstead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Andrew Wyly added Punter from Pearland, Texas
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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Andrew Wyly added Running back and Return specialist from Waterloo, Iowa
24
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
Andrew Wyly added Running back from Spring Valley, California, United States of America
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La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time
RodneyMudd added La'Roi Glover Defensive tackle from San Diego, California