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Saints News, 12/31/15: Hall of Fame Defensive End Doug Atkins Dies at 85

From Mike Triplett: Atkins was a four-time all-NFL selection who made eight Pro Bowl appearances during a 17-year NFL career with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. His 6-foot-8 frame created major matchup problems for opponents.

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