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have been MIA a bit, thought Federspiel was a better choice than Shanlee, a little props for the oldtimer...



Today with his son who plays for WKU



Joe Federspiel, 61, spent his playing days at UK and then in the NFL in a strange sort of football purgatory. A very good player for Kentucky, the three Wildcats teams he played on (1969-71) finished 2-8, 2-9 and 3-8.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Joe became a standout. He started every game the Saints played for five straight seasons. In 1975, he recovered a whopping five fumbles.

Yet in his entire time in New Orleans (1972-80), the Saints never had a winning season. In 1979 they came close, going 8-8. The next year, the team collapsed to 1-15. Even getting out of the Big Easy didn't help. Federspiel spent his final NFL season with the Baltimore Colts in 1981; they went 2-14.

"My last winning year was 8-2 at DeSales High School in Louisville," Joe Federspiel said.

For someone who was a quality player, all that losing had to be sapping.

"It was," Joe Federspiel says. "I went years with the Saints, the coaches were always in a foul mood. There were always lots of players coming and going. It just drains you after a while, it really does."
full story here



6 year starter at MLB, 130 games for Saints, 1993 Saints HOF induction







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# link

now for 55

two close nominees...


Fields played college football for Washington State University. He was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played six years in New Orleans, leading or coming close to the team lead in tackles. He later played one year with the St. Louis Rams before signing with the Carolina Panthers before the 2002 NFL season. However, before the start of the 2003 season, he learned he had Hodgkin's disease, and he was forced to sit the season out. Both he and linebackers coach Sam Mills were sources of inspiration for the team, who made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII before losing to the New England Patriots. Fields returned to play in the 2004 NFL season, and made the NFC team at the 2005 Pro Bowl.
Fields learned before the start of the 2005 season that his Hodgkin's had returned, and so he turned down a new contract offer from Carolina.[1]
He was arrested in August 2010 in Arizona for domestic violence, assault, and other charges. He allegedly attempted to strangle the mother of his six-year-old daughter at the child's school.[2][3][4]
Mark Fields has plead guilty to assault charges on March 29, 2011 in the Goodyear Az courts and is currently on probation. He was to complete 26 weeks of NON~Violence classes by Feb 2012 and has failed to do so. Currently facing violation of conditions of completion of probation hearing on May 9, 2012 in Goodyear Az.[citation needed]
Mark Fields is claiming the bone marrow transplant he under went in November 2011 is the reason he was unable to complete the classes. He is still battling Cancer and had to go on a Donor list for the bone marrow transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale Arizona.[citation needed]
Mark has had experimental treatment in Rockchester Mn at the Mayo Clinic there.[citation needed]
He is a partner owner of a Real estate Company Rose and Fields in Avondale, Arizona.[citation needed] Mark does not hold a real estate license or a broker license.[citation needed]
Mark Fields is currently owing over $65k in the rears in Child Support for his 3 children that reside in Charlotte NC. His ex-wife filed a complaint against him in Phoenix Az.[citation needed]
He was a student at George Washington Preparatory High School. He attended Southwest College and Compton College before attending Washington State.[citation needed]
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5 season starter, 93 games for NOLA, 412 tackles




On March 13, 2006, Fujita signed with the Saints, reuniting with his former position coach as well as offensive coordinator (now head coach Sean Payton). He was the first free agent to join the Saints when they returned to New Orleans after their year-long absence in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.[5]

Fujita was named defensive captain of the 2007 Saints. In Week 1 of the 2008 season, Fujita caught a crucial game-winning interception in the very end against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the 2009 season, he earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win the team's first league championship.
Fujita is married with two children; he and his family have a home in Carmel Valley, California.[5] He is politically liberal, and has gone on record as a supporter of abortion rights and gay rights as well as an advocate for adoption, wetlands preservation, and other causes; he was named the Saints "Man of the Year" in 2009 for his charitable activities
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Think I'll vote Fujita, solid player in his 54 starts in his 4 years here, part of the historic '09 team, still attached to NOLA somewhat, generally good guy vs. Fields post football track record.






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Winfred Tubbs. A third round pick of the Saints out of Texas. Played for the Saints from 1994 - 1997, then played 3 years for the 49ers. Was second team All NFL in 1997.



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now for 55

two close nominees...


That is close. I always liked Mark Fields more than most. And even though he played with Carolina, it was hard to not like him or Sam Mills playing together.
However, Fujita is one of my top five favorite defensive FA signings. (Vilma, Greer, Sharper, Fujita & Mike McKenzie) And he was here for the Superbowl.

Fields was here longer and was one of the few good defensive players we had at the time besides Joe Johnson and L'Roi Glover. Fujita bought in and was a leader though and helped us to a Superbowl...

Gotta go Fujita, but it's close.






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That is close. I always liked Mark Fields more than most. And even though he played with Carolina, it was hard to not like him or Sam Mills playing together.

+1
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However, Fujita is one of my top five favorite defensive FA signings. (Vilma, Greer, Sharper, Fujita & Mike McKenzie) And he was here for the Superbowl.

You need to add Sam Mills to your list.
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Fields was here longer and was one of the few good defensive players we had at the time besides Joe Johnson and L'Roi Glover. Fujita bought in and was a leader though and helped us to a Superbowl... Gotta go Fujita, but it's close.
Me too.






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Vaughan Johnson was a four-time Pro Bowler from 1989 to 1992 while with the Saints and also a member of the vaunted Dome Patrol. In 2011, he was selected for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players.













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Vaughan Johnson


I was trying to see what he's doing today and could only find that he's in his family's construction business back in North Carolina. But I found this story too. LINK Kind of funny imagining the guy above talking to little kids.






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Another one of those not so famous numbers. I say we give some love to some role players today.

#52 Sedrick Hodge
Played LB for the Saints from 2001-2005 and was a 3rd round selection out of UNC. Started 43 games of the 63 he was active for. Had 147 tackles and 1 sack. He signed with Miami as a Free Agent in 2006 but was cut before the season and retired.





Just for shits and giggles, I looked up some of the people drafted after Hodge who was picked with the 70th pick in 2001.

74th pick - Steve Smith
82nd pick - Heath Evans
84th pick - Dwight Smith
106th pick - Chris Winkie
128th pick - Porkchop Womack
153rd pick - Onome Ojo
204th pick - T. J. Houshmandzadeh
232nd pick - Keith Adams






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prolly gotta contend on Hodge. He was one of my least favorite players of the Haslett era. Not so much him but that he seemed to typlify so many Haslett type of players. In short that to me was players who looked the part, maybe looked athletic in shorts, "seemed" like they should excel but had the essential flaw of either being dumb or not being gamers. How an former All Pro LB like Haslett could be so absolutely terrible in evaluating and choosing LBs always dumbfounded me.

So no likey but there was a solid LB in some dark years...



Jim Kovach LB, 4th Rd pick 1979, 7 years on the Saints, started 58 games, 1983 the Saints had the #1 NFL defense, he was voted the team defensive MVP, and made 2nd team All Pro.

Notable about him is that he has had a more stunning career post football than most players. He's licensed as a doctor AND as a lawyer. A few links on him here if interested-

Kovach path
During his first six years with the Saints, Kovach also attended medical school at UK. He would typically enroll for the spring semester and work through June; then he'd report to the Saints training camp in mid to late July. "The Saints never made the playoffs in those years, unfortunately, so I was always able to head right back to UK after Christmas," Kovach says.

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I always offered my opinions in the training room about the orthopedic nature of player injuries. I was very unpopular with some of our trainers, for I required them to pay homage to me as a physician in training, which led to periodic conflict.






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prolly gotta contend on Hodge. He was one of my least favorite players of the Haslett era.


Actually, my favorite 52 was Jeff Faine, but he was only here for two years and left to go to Tampa.






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One of my favorite players of all time.

SAM MILLS



Height: 5-9 Weight: 229 lbs.

Went to Montclair State as a walk on. Was a three-time NJAC First Team All-Star and was named the New Jersey Collegiate Writers Defensive Player of the Year for three straight seasons (1978–1980).

Tried out with the Cleveland Browns in 1981. After being cut by the Browns, he then tried to find a spot with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts and failed to make the team.

He played three years in the USFL before following Jim Mora to the Saints. He played 9 years for the Black & Gold and 3 years for the Panthers.

Mills played in 181 games and started 173 games in the NFL. He had 20.5 sacks, 11 interceptions (1 returned for a TD) 23 fumble recoveries (3 returned for touchdowns) and 1142 tackles.

He made the Pro Bowl in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992 and 1996.

He was also a consensus All-USFL selection for three years and part of the USFL All Time Team.

He also had the following honors:
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1991 1st Team All-Conf. Pro Football Weekly
1991 2nd Team All-NFL Associated Press
1991 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Writers
1991 2nd Team All-NFL Newspaper Ent. Assoc.
1991 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Weekly
1991 1st Team All-NFL Sporting News
1992 1st Team All-Conf. Pro Football Weekly
1992 1st Team All-Conf. UPI
1992 2nd Team All-NFL Associated Press
1992 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Writers
1992 1st Team All-NFL Sporting News
1995 2nd Team All-Conf. UPI
1996 1st Team All-Conf. Pro Football Weekly
1996 1st Team All-Conf. UPI
1996 1st Team All-NFL Associated Press
1996 1st Team All-NFL Pro Football Writers


Sam Mills holds the NFL record for the oldest player to return a fumble for a touchdown (37 years, 174 days).

In August 2003 Sam Mills was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. After battling with cancer for almost 2 years, Mills died at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina on the morning of April 18, 2005.

Mills' number 51 was retired by the Panthers

Mills was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009

Mills was elected to both the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1991) and the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey (1993).

Jim Finks "He has extraordinary strength and drive, and extraordinary humanity."

Carolina general manager Marty Hurney "He never had a bad thing to say about anybody and had a great ability to laugh at himself. He was the type of guy you want your kids to grow up to be."

Rickey Jackson: "I remember him being the toughest little man I've ever seen in my life. He was mighty mouse - he'd hit you hard as he could every time he hit you. When he had a bum knee one time, he still showed up every day. He pushed you. Looking at him doing it made you know you better put out. If a little man like that worked so hard and put out, you better put out for all you were worth. He always inspired me to do better, to work harder, to be better."

Kevin Greene, "I called him Sam Rock. He was not only the physical rock, but he was the spiritual rock and the emotional rock and the leadership rock."

Dom Capers: "Sam Mills was not only one of the finest football players that I have ever been around, but above and beyond that he was one of the finest individuals"

Bill Kuharich: "Although it can be said that he left his imprint on the NFL as a player, it is his legacy as a human being that serves as an example for all of us to follow."

Jim Mora called Mills, "The best player I ever coached."







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#50 Jake Kupp (1967-1975)




Played for the University of Washington as an offensive tackle, tight end and wide receiver. He also pitched for the baseball team and played in the 1964 Rose Bowl.

Kupp was a 9th round draft pick (116 overall) in 1964 for the Dallas Cowboys as a wide reciever. In Dallas he was switched to guard. Kupp was on the all NFL Rookie Team in 1964. He was in Dallas for two years before going to the Redskins.

In 1967 he was the last player choosen in the expansion draft for the Saints. Before the season started, he was traded away to the Atlanta Falcons. Midway through the season he was traded back to the Saints.

He remained in the Saints organization until 1975 when he retired.

In his 8 seasons with the Saints, Jake played 106 games, made the Pro-Bowl in 1969, was the team MVP in 1970. He was an offensive captain in from 1969-72 and in 1974. He is a member of the Saints Hall of Fame and Saint's All-40th Anniversary team. Kupp was also once voted one of the best dressed in New Orleans. He was also in the movie "Number One"









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Frank Wattelet, 96 games, 78 starts, '81-86, 12 interceptions




found a fan based site where he interacts and chats, still a whodat... HERE

financial advisor in Joplin MO now






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#47 - Almost nothing to pick from today. I'll go with the only guy on the team for more than two years. Kevin Houser...long snapper!




A 7th round pick (228th overall) in 2000 for the Saints and played 144 games before being cut very quickly in 2008 after some bad business deals with other Saints.


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Sean Payton, Drew Brees and Archie Manning are among the current and former Saints who contend Houser, a licensed securities broker, led them in late 2008 and early 2009 to buy a combined $1.9 million in Louisiana state income-tax credits they never got, according to court documents.


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The documents reveal that former Saints defensive end Charles Grant lost the most, $425,000. Former Saints punter Mitch Berger lost $250,000. Payton lost $144,000. Brees was out $100,000. Manning and mercurial Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey dropped $80,000 each.


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Shockey was reportedly so peeved that he unloaded his disgust on his Twitter account: "thx chad houser our long snapper for losing my coaches, teamates, and me around 2mill$..what a dumb ass."






Currently Justin Drescher (also a longsnapper) is #47.







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phew, bountygated worn out to post his info, learn about him if ya don't know

Saints HOFer Danny Abramowicz, was one of only a few players worth cheering for a long time








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Is anyone even paying attention to this anymore?

#46 Danny Abramowicz




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This is the helmet worn by New Orleans Saints wide receiver Danny Abramowicz on October 17, 1971. The crack at the top of the helmet occured when he caught a pass then collided with a television camera.



Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 17th round (420th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft. Played for the Saints for six years and two games before being traded to the 49ers where he played one year and twelve games. He has 309 receptions for 4875 yards and 37 touchdowns for the Saints. He made the pro bowl and all pro in 1969. In Saints history he's 4th in total receptions, total reception yards and touchdowns.

In 1992, he was hired by Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka to serve as special teams coach. He served in this capacity from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, when Ditka was hired as head coach for the Saints, Abramowicz came back to the Saints as offensive coordinator. He has been out of the NFL since Ditka was fired in 1999.

Over his career, he played 111 games, caught 369 passes for 5,686 yards and 39 touchdowns.


Honorable Mention to Hokie Gajan:




From Baker, Louisiana and played for the LSU Fighting Tigers. Was a 10th round draft pick in 1981. He played four years for the saints and rushed for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns, and also had 63 receptions for 515 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also has one completed pass on two pass attempts and one passing touchdown for 34 yards. Gajan works as the color commentator on Saints radio broadcasts.









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Danny Abramowicz




Still one of the best Saints ever






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Not a lot to choose from historicall today. Gonna go with Jed Collins. Currently number 45 for the Saints.







Good story of perseverance.

Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent following the 2008 NFL Draft. Was waived but re-signed to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad and signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad but was released in November. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns on November 26, 2008, and was a member of the active roster for two games before he was waived and re-signed to the team's practice squad in December. He was not re-signed.

Collins was signed to a two-year contract by the Kansas City Chiefs on January 8, 2009, but was waived and signed to the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad but was released in November. He was re-signed to the Browns' practice squad in December. He was waived by the Browns prior to the start of training camp.

Collins was signed by the Tennessee Titans on August 6, 2010, but was waived in September. He was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad on September 23.

For the Saints (and his career) he has played in 16 games and started 11. He has 4 rushes for 4 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also has 11 receptions for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns.






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Sorry to backtrack but as you said Sam Mills was one of the best.


He was the type of guy you want your kids to grow up to be."




Lil dude played the middle in a 3-4.




The field mouse.



You can do better than this...can't you Mr Benson?







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