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Remembering Archie Manning. What Could Have Been!

Going down memory lane here. Remembering when I watched my first Saints game on October 14 1979 when we crushed the Bucs 42-14. I've bled Black n Gold ever since. I remember that 1979 season was quite exciting watching the offense.  Archie Manning, Wes Chandler, Chuck Muncie, Henry Childs, Tinker Owens (Who lived 5 houses down from me in Kenner).  It was a good offensive duo during that time. And his flee flicker gadget plays were quite awesome.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Archie play the game. He played like a warrior! He had excellent work ethics and was True Leader!  Above all, a Class Act!  I have thought what could have been if he had more protection upfront. How far he would have taken us. Well, I'm a firm believer he would have taken us far if we had the offensive line to protect him.   I remember him running for his life, doing crazy passes and taking hard hits like no other.  And yet still playing in the game. 

 

 I'll never forget I was quite upset when he was let go in the 1982 season.  He was missed not only by the players, but the fans as well.  I often wondered how well he would have done on Jim Mora's team, or Jim Haslett's. 

 

  I found a video where he won our first game in the Superdome against Green Bay in 1975. 

    

Archie Manning Saints First Win in the SUPERDOME Oct 12 1975 (via duffrey)

 

 

A long pass to Ike Harris

Jeff Nixon vs. Archie Manning .wmv (via jeffnixon38)


 

 

 

 

Another video where he made an incredible play for the Oilers.

 

Archie Manning Improvises (via GrizzleX)


 

I couldn't find many videos on Archie. I wish they had more. So guys, what are thoughts on how Archie would have panned out with better O'line protection? 

 

 The guy was a true warrior and a class act!

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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