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14.12.2018 05:40
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First Win in Franchise History We are only one month away from the official beginning of training camp for the 2018 New Orleans Saints. Veterans report to the facility on July 25th [url=]Cheap Drew Brees Jersey[/url] , about a week after the team's rookies have already arrived. Fans of the team are bubbling with excitement, especially after the return to prominence of the Saints as a contender last season. While we anxiously wait for the 2018 version of the Saints to take the field, we look back today at one of the memorable moments from the team's 52-yr. old past, by continuing the Canal Street Chronicles Triumphs and Tragedies series of the New Orleans Saints. First Win in Saints HistoryThe date was November 5, 1967. The site was Tulane Stadium, home of the expansion New Orleans Saints, who were in their first year of existence. New Orleans had started their inaugural season off with a bang, when John Gilliam returned the first kickoff in franchise history for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the opening game. The Saints went on to lose that game however, along with their next six, and entered the eighth game of their initial season 0-7, having yet to savor victory as a franchise. The team was coached by Tom Fears, but many of the veterans who were acquired by the team were well past their prime. Visiting the Saints that afternoon would be their Capitol Division opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, coached by Joe Kuharich, would come into the game with a 4-3 record. They had one of the league's best passing attacks, led by quarterback Norm Snead and wideout Ben Hawkins. The Saints on the other hand, would wind up near the bottom of the 16 team NFL in nearly every NFL category. Veteran running back Jim Taylor, a future Hall of Famer, led the team in rushing but finished with just 390 yards. The team's best offensive production came from a receiver drafted in the 17th round, Danny Abramowicz. Defensively, future Hall of Fame defensive end Doug Atkins still had some effective play left, after being acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bears. Cornerback Dave Whitsell also came from Chicago, via the expansion draft, was the Saints defensive star and the team's first ever Pro Bowl selection in 1967. New Orleans gave up the number 1 overall draft pick to the Baltimore Colts for quarterback Gary Cuozzo to lead the team, but he could do no better than share time with veteran Billy Kilmer during the '67 season. The Saints began their 8th game the way they started their season [url=]Cheap Marshon Lattimore Jersey[/url] , by taking the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Wideout Walter Roberts took the Eagles kick 91 yards for a 7-0 Saints lead, and the only score of the first quarter. Roberts, nicknamed "the Flea" because of his size (5'9, 163-lbs.) and elusiveness, had the afternoon of his career against Philadelphia. After the kickoff return, the only touchdown return of Roberts' career, he picked up a teammate's fumble and raced 27 yards for a second quarter score and a 14-0 New Orleans lead. The Eagles narrowed the gap with a field goal, and a Norm Snead scoring pass to Jim Kelly later in the quarter, but New Orleans took a 14-10 lead into the halftime break. After kicker Charlie Durkee widened the Saints lead with a 3rd quarter field goal Whitsell, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions on the year, picked off a Snead pass and took it back 41-yds. for a touchdown and a 24-10 New Orleans lead to begin the 4th quarter. Snead, who would throw for 292 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on the day, would hook up with Gary Ballman on a scoring pass to close the Saints lead to 24-17. New Orleans would respond when Roberts scored his third touchdown of the day, catching a 49-yd. scoring pass from Cuozzo on his only reception of the afternoon. A late scoring pass from Snead to Timmy Brown only made the final score respectable, as the New Orleans Saints gave their excited fans the first win in team history with a 31-24 victory. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThe Eagles would exact a bit of revenge two weeks later in a rematch against New Orleans, with a 48-21 rout in Philadelphia. The Saints would go on to win two more times in 1967, finishing their inaugural season with a 3-11 record. Cuozzo would eventually lose the starting quarterback job to Kilmer, and get dealt to the Minnesota Vikings after the '67 season, going down in memory as one of the worst trades in New Orleans history. Walter "Flea" Roberts would also leave the Saints after the 1967 season, finishing his final two years with the Washington Redskins. He be awarded the offensive player of the week for his performance against Philadelphia that afternoon. Flea Roberts would score just 11 touchdowns in a six year NFL career, but 3 of them on that special day on November 5th, 1967, as he helped the New Orleans Saints to the thrill of their first ever victory.Pierre Thomas Cruises Into New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Running back Pierre Thomas culminated a wonderful career as a member of the New Orleans Saints with the announcement on Thursday that he will be inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame. Thomas joins wide receiver Lance Moore and Michael C. Hebert in the Class of 2018 inductees into the Saints Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1987. He is just the 5th New Orleans running back to be inducted.Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty ImagesPierre Thomas came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent rookie out of the University of Illinois in 2007. Despite leaving the Fighting Illini with the 2nd highest all-time mark in all purpose yardage [url=][/url] , Thomas wasn't even invited to the NFL scouting combine. He made such an impression on 2nd year Saints coach Sean Payton however, that Thomas was kept on the roster over the team's 4th round draft pick that year, Antonio Pittman. He had limited offensive action during his first season with the team, finishing with 403 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He was the team leader in kickoff return yardage, and averaged nearly 25 yards per return. Thomas would establish himself as an important weapon in Payton's explosive offense during the 2008 season. He led the Saints in rushing during the '08 and '09 seasons, while scoring a combined 20 touchdowns. Thomas was one of the most effective all-purpose running backs in the league during his 8-yr. career in New Orleans. He was nearly unstoppable on screen passes, and it became a staple in the Saints offensive arsenal. Thomas led all NFL running backs in receiving during the 2013 season, when he caught a career high 77 passes for 513 yards, and still led the Saints in rushing with 549 yards. Thomas' 2,608 career receiving yards and 327 total receptions are both the best in franchise history for a running back, and he ranks 6th among all receivers in catches. His 3,745 rushing yards is 5th best in franchise history, and his 28 rushing touchdowns is the fourth highest mark. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesPierre Thomas was beloved by the Saints faithful for so much more than statistics. He wasn't the biggest back (listed at 5'11, 210-lbs.), and didn't possess breathtaking speed. Thomas was the type of player who was willing to do whatever he needed to on the field to help his team win. He was a trusted target of quarterback Drew Brees in clutch situations, and was a skilled special team player as well, often able to give the team a boost as a kick returner when needed. What set Thomas apart was his leadership, and his ability to make the clutch play in big games. He scored the first New Orleans touchdown in the Saints Super Bowl XLIV over Indianapolis, taking a screen pass and bolting 16-yds. for the go-ahead score early in the 3rd quarter of the Saints historic 31-17 victory. What sometimes gets forgotten is that Thomas was vital in just getting his team to the game's biggest stage. Duringthe Saints NFC Championship victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Thomas was the Saints leading rusher and second leading receiver on the afternoon, and scored 2 of the 3 New Orleans touchdowns. When regular returner Courtney Roby was injured late in the contest, Thomas stepped in and returned the opening kickoff of overtime 40 yards to give New Orleans key field position. Later in that same drive, Thomas was given the call on a 4th and 1 gamble by Payton. He fought furiously on a 2-yd. first down conversion that would put the Saints in position for the game winning field goal from Garrett Hartley and send New Orleans to the Super Bowl. That game was a microcosm of a Hall of Fame career, and an honor so very well deserved. Congratulations Pierre Thomas!Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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