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Monday, August 18, 2008
New Orleans Saints: Franchise player

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

 
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 Bobby Hebert, the "Cajun Cannon," led the Saints to their first-ever playoff appearance.

Readers' pick: Bobby Hebert, QB

Talk about sentiment getting in the way of sense. That's what I think Saints fans did when they elected Bobby Hebert as the greatest player in franchise history.

Sure, Hebert was nicknamed "The Cajun Cannon'' and he was a Louisiana guy through and through. Give him credit for leading the Saints to their first-ever playoff appearance.

Hebert was a very nice quarterback, but the greatest player in team history? He only threw for 20 touchdowns in a season once and his best quarterback rating was 82.9. He also sat out the 1990 season in a contract dispute.

Granted, New Orleans' history is far from glorious and I'm not going to make a case for Archie Manning, another popular quarterback, who finished second in the voting. I will, however, make a case for linebacker Rickey Jackson, tackle Willie Roaf and running back Deuce McAllister. They should have finished higher in the voting and I'd take any one of the three at No. 1.

But I understand people like quarterbacks. Let's leave this one in limbo for now. Give Drew Brees, the current quarterback, a few more years with the Saints and there won't be any debate. A little more time is all Brees needs to become the greatest player in New Orleans history.