Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
New Orleans Saints
Rick Venturi. Venturi was seen around the league as one of the top assistants in the NFL. He coached both the linebackers and the secondary.
7. Roaf has for many of those years been the Saints' only representative in the Pro Bowl.
|Who did the Saints take with their first round draft pick in 1996, opting to pass up Eddie George even though he was still available?||1990s New Orleans Saints
Alex Molden. This snafu has long been criticized, but the Saints coaching staff was not all at fault. Mario Bates was coming off a 900+ yard season, and the team felt it needed help in its secondary. Molden never flourished under Ditka.
|Which wide receiver led the Saints in receiving yardage in 1998, but was not offered a contract for the following season?||1990s New Orleans Saints
Sean Dawkins. These receiving yardage leaders were not with the team the following year; Randal Hill in 1997, Sean Dawkins in 1998, and Eddie Kennison in 1999. Dawkins fled to Seattle, Eddie was traded to Chicago, and Hill went to camp with the Bears but, sadly, is no longer in the league.
|Which 2000 fifth round draft pick out of USC, made his debut by returning a punt for a touchdown in his first preseason game?||1990s New Orleans Saints
Chad Morton. Chad Morton, a running back, is the younger brother or Lions wide receiver Johnny Morton.
Eddie Kennison. Eddie Kennison, the NFLs fastest man a few years back, performed below expectations in New Orleans (his longest punt return was 18 yards), and was shipped to Chicago in the offseason for a fifth round draft pick.
15. 6-10 in 1997, 6-10 in 1998, 3-13 in 1999.
Eric Martin. Eric Martin, in his best season, caught for a little over 1000 yards. Unfortunately, the Saints have had such dismal receivers over their 30+ years of existence, that this set a franchise record.
Wayne Martin. Wayne Martin anchored the D-Line for more than a decade. He retired after refusing to take a paycut.
3. Incidentally, as all Saints fans know, they never won a playoff game in the 1990s.
Tom Fears. Fears was a player himself in his days with the Los Angeles Rams.
|Who was the Saints' first playoff win against in their franchise history?||New Orleans Saints
St. Louis Rams. On December 30, 2000, the New Orleans Saints defeated the St. Louis Rams in the Louisiana Superdome 31-28. The win gave the Saints their first playoff win in franchise history.
t. In 1980, when the Saints went 1-15, Saints fans got some bags and put it over their heads to hide the grief they had to deal with, thus the name "Bag Heads" came about. Today, many fans usually put a bag over their heads if they have a losing team.
Tom Benson. In 1986, Tom Benson took over as the owner. You may have noticed him doing his trademark "Benson Boogie" on the field at home games after a Saints win.
Gumbo. Gumbo had been their mascot in their first season in the NFL in 1967.
|Who was the famous trumpet player who would play at the Saints games at Tulane Stadium?||New Orleans Saints
Al Hirt. During the Saints' first years in the NFL (joined 1967), Al Hirt would play his trumpet every time the Saints scored a touchdown. The song he would play is, "When The Saints Go Marching In".
Tulane Stadium. The Saints' first years were losing ones in Tulane Stadium although many fans still supported them by averaging around 75 to 80,000 fans a game. Although the Saints moved in 1975 to the Superdome, the stadium still had the University of Tulane playing its home games there until it was finally demolished in 1980.
Jim Mora. In 1987, the Saints made their trip to the playoffs with a 12-3 record. They lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the first round.
1967. On November 1, 1966, New Orleans was guaranteed an NFL frachise. They started play a year later in 1967, losing their first seven games.
43. The Saints finished the year, 2-11-1.
80,879. On September 17, 1967, 80,879 watched John Gilliam return the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. However the Saints would lose the game to the Los Angles Rams, 27-13.
|Finish this quote from former Saints coach Jim Mora: "We couldn't do diddley poo offensively, we couldn't...". They couldn't what?||New Orleans Saints 
Make a first down. Next to the "playoffs speech", Jim Mora Sr's "Diddley poo" speech is his most famous.
|Who encouraged Saint fans to wear bags over their heads in 1980, which started the thread across the country?||New Orleans Saints 
Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto. After starting the season 0-14, radio voice Bernard Diliberto told Saint fans to become 'Bag Heads'.
A Dog. Gumbo is a fitting name for a Louisiana team's mascot.
1987. It took an amazing 21 years for the Saints to finish with a winning record. The Saints went 12-3 (the season was shortened by one game because of a strike), but lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card game.
81 Yards. Mcneill had a 41.1 career regular season average as he played for teams such as New Orleans, Minnesota, and Philadelphia.
|Rookie head coach Sean Payton has coached for many different teams in many different positions, but which job has he not had?||New Orleans Saints 
Chicago Bears wide receivers coach. Sean Payton served as San Diego State's offensive assistant in the years of 1988 and 1989, Miami's offensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995, and Indiana's running back coach in '90 and '91.
Ricky Williams. When Williams went to the Toronto Argonauts, he began teaching Yoga lessons, which he claimed kept him off drugs.
|Many fans know that Mike Ditka traded away the Saints entire 1999 draft, plus their first round pick in 2000 to the Washington Redskins so they could draft Ricky Williams. Who did the Redskins choose with the Saints' 2000 1st round pick?||New Orleans Saints 
LaVar Arrington. In his rookie season, Arrington recorded 55 tackles and 4 sacks. He later had over 400 career tackles and 23 sacks. In college, he was an All Big Ten selection, a first team All-American twice, and in 1999 he won the Chuck Bednarik and Dick Butkus awards.
Jim Haslett. Haslett admitted he tried steroids in 1979. In 2005, Haslett was quoted as saying, "They (steroids) tossed you around, they were strong. So everybody wanted an advantage, so you tried it; I tried it. I mean I tried it, everybody tried it." Haslett accused the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s for starting the steroids outbreak.
Capital Division. The other teams in the Capital Division were the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles in 1967.