- Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer
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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints announced that quarterback Archie Manning, linebacker Rickey Jackson and offensive tackle Willie Roaf will be the first three members inducted into their Ring of Honor. The Saints will recognize the inaugural class of 2013 during halftime of their Week 10 Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The class was chosen by a panel made up of team ownership, front office administrators, selected former Saints players and selected members of the media.
The first trio wasn’t too difficult to choose. Jackson and Roaf are the only two Pro Football Hall of Famers who spent a large portion of their careers with the Saints. And Manning was a tremendously popular quarterback from 1971-‘75 and ‘77-’82, who earned two trips to the Pro Bowl and was recognized as the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Year by multiple outlets in 1978.
“We are excited to induct the deserving members of the Class of 2013 and allow our fans an opportunity to honor the efforts and contributions that these men have made to our franchise,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement. “It is fitting to honor three of the greatest players in our franchise’s rich history in Archie, Rickey and Willie.”