NFC South: Joe Johnson
Each NFC South team has some way of honoring its former players. For instance, the Bucs do it with their Ring of Honor, which, so far, includes only Lee Roy Selmon and John McKay.
We’ll see how long this lockout lasts, but I’m thinking if it drags into the middle of June or later, we might go ahead and do some Call It polls to let you select who belongs in the NFC South Hall of Fame. There’s no such thing right now, but, even if it’s just for fun, it might be a good time to start one.
Here’s a list of past inductees into the Saints Hall of Fame.
- 1988 -- Archie Manning and Danny Abramowicz
- 1989 -- Tommy Myers and Tom Dempsey
- 1990 -- Billy Kilmer
- 1991 -- Tony Galbreath and Derland Moore
- 1992 -- George Rogers, Jake Kupp and John Hill
- 1993 -- Joe Federspiel
- 1994 -- Henry Childs and Jim Finks
- 1995 -- Doug Atkins and Bob Pollard
- 1996 -- Dave Whitsell and Dave Waymer
- 1997 -- Stan Brock and Rickey Jackson
- 1998 -- Dalton Hilliard and Sam Mills
- 1999 -- Bobby Hebert and Eric Martin
- 2000 -- Pat Swilling and Vaughan Johnson
- 2001 -- Jim Wilks and Hoby Brenner
- 2002 -- Jim Mora and Frank Warren
- 2003 -- Jim Dombrowski and Wayne Martin
- 2004 -- Rueben Mayes and Steve Sidwell
- 2006 -- Joel Hilgenberg
- 2007 -- Joe Johnson
- 2008 -- William Roaf
- 2009 -- Morten Andersen
- 2010 -- Joe Horn
But things just got a little busier. The New Orleans Saints just sent out an announcement that the Saints Hall of Fame selection committee has selected the franchise’s all-time team as the franchise looks ahead to its 45th season. The committee is a collection of local media members and it selects an all-time Saints team every five years.
The latest version is out and here it is. Players with asterisks after their name were unanimous selections. The years after the players’ names indicate their time with the Saints.
- Wide Receiver – Eric Martin* (1985-93)
- Wide Receiver – Joe Horn* (2000-06)
- Center – John Hill* (1975-84)
- Guard – Jim Dombrowski* (1986-96)
- Guard – Jahri Evans* (2006-present)
- Tackle – Willie Roaf* (1993-2001)
- Tackle – Stan Brock* (1980-92)
- Tight End – Hoby Brenner* (1981-93)
- Quarterback – Drew Brees* (2006-present)
- Running Back – Dalton Hilliard* (1986-93)
- Running Back – Deuce McAllister (2001-09)
- Athlete – Reggie Bush (2006-present)
- Defensive Line – Wayne Martin (1989-99)
- Defensive Line – Jim Wilks (1981-93)
- Defensive Line – Joe Johnson* (1994-98, 2000-01)
- Defensive Line – Will Smith (2004-present)
- Linebacker – Sam Mills* (1986-94)
- Linebacker – Vaughan Johnson* (1986-93)
- Linebacker – Rickey Jackson* (1981-93)
- Linebacker – Pat Swilling* (1986-92)
- Cornerback – Dave Waymer* (1980-89)
- Cornerback – Mike McKenzie (2004-09)
- Safety – Tommy Myers (1972-81)
- Safety – Sammy Knight (1997-02)
- Kicker – Morten Andersen *(1982-94)
- Punter – Tommy Barnhardt (1987, 89-94, 99)
- Special Teamer – Fred McAfee* (1991-93, 2000-06)
- Kick/Punt Returner – Michael Lewis* (2001-06)
- Sean Payton (2006-present)
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
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|Former New Orleans defensive end Joe Johnson, seen here during Saints training camp in 2000, doesn't think his former team will leave the city .|
NEW ORLEANS -- Got to meet former New Orleans Saints defensive end Joe Johnson at the ESPN Monday Night Football Chalk Talk Luncheon. Johnson took a little time to do a question-and-answer session with me.
What are you up to these days?
Joe Johnson: I'm still heavily grounded here in New Orleans. I've got a foundation (Built to Last) and we're doing some youth mentoring. It keeps me busy.
What do the Saints mean to this town?
JJ: For a long time, the Saints were the only show in town. Good, bad or indifferent, they're going to have the support of the people. It's important to have monuments to hang your hat on. When you think of the city of New Orleans, you think of Bourbon Street and the good food, but you also think of the New Orleans Saints. People rely on the Saints as a safe haven away from regular life. The Saints serve as a getaway for everybody.
The Saints periodically get mentioned as a candidate for relocation. Do you see that ever happening?
JJ: It's been thrown up from time to time. But even in the bad days, they may have worn bags on their heads, but they still showed up for the games. Mr. Benson knows the support is there and the people of New Orleans have done a lot to support to this team. I don't see the Saints relocating.
What's your take on this year's team?
JJ: Obviously, they have an abundance of talent on offense. The defense has been up and down at times and the injuries haven't helped. As long as you put points on the board, you have a chance to win.
Your thoughts on tonight's game?
JJ: Tonight is going to be tough. I've watched Minnesota a couple times and their record doesn't show how good they are. They've got Adrian Peterson and a great defense. Having it here at home should help the Saints, but it's going to be a dogfight.