One, Hokie Gajan battled cancer and Will Smith was shot down on April 9th of this year. Both gone too soon. Most remember Hokie as a color commentator on Saints radio broadcast, but he was also drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1981.
In 1984, the same season Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson set a new NFL single season rushing record, Gajan led all NFL rushers (with 100 or more attempts) in yards gained per attempt (102 carries, 615 yards; a 6.03 ypc average). Through 2015, he remains one of 19 NFL running backs to exceed six yards per carry in a (100 or more attempt) season.
Will Smith played his entire career for the Saints although he was briefly signed by the New England Patriots. A member of the XLIV SB winning Saints team when he had a career high of 13 sacks. His career virtually ended in 2013 when he tore his ACl. The team released Will on February 12th of 2014.
Will Smith’s wife Racquel, gave a touching speech at the induction ceremony.
Will Smith's wife Racquel gives an emotional speech as she accepts late husband's Saints Hall of Fame honor pic.twitter.com/j3ZrGI4XCq— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 29, 2016
Photos from the ceremony were released by the organization.
RIP Will and Hokie. Thanks for all the memories.