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Countdown to New Orleans Saints Kickoff: A History of No. 80

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Today's countdown to Saints kickoff is sponsored by "The U".

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The New Orleans Saints season begins a mere 80 days from now. The Saints travel to Minneapolis, MN for a Monday night showdown against the Vikings to open the 2017 regular season for both clubs.

Canal Street Chronicles continues our countdown to kickoff, with a peek at some of the Saints players that have worn the No. 80. There is a certain infamous college football program that will make a few appearances on today's list.

Some player information courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

Brett Perriman (WR, 1988-1990)

The Saints took Perriman from "The U" (University of Miami Fla.) with a second round pick in the 1988 draft. Although Perriman appeared in 30 of 32 games for the Saints over his first two seasons, it wasn’t until 1990 that he was able to crack the starting lineup. That was his best year as a Saint. His 36 receptions ranked second on the team, and his 382 yards were his career high as a Saint. With production never matching expectations, Perriman moved on to Detroit after the '90 season. There, he was much more productive playing in the Lions' run-and-shoot style of attack for six seasons.

Wesley Carroll (WR, 1991-1992)

The Saints went back to the University of Miami in the 1991 draft in attempts to find a playmaking receiver. Carroll never produced what New Orleans was hoping for. In two seasons combined, he totaled 36 catches for 476 yards and 3 touchdowns. After a brief stint with Cincinnati in 1993, Carroll was out of the league after just three years.

Jerome Pathon (WR, 2002-2004)

Pathon was originally a second round draft choice by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. The former University of Washington Huskie spent four seasons as one of Peyton Manning's targets before joining the Saints in 2002. Pathon's three-season average per year of 40 receptions, 561 yards and 9 total touchdowns were a good compliment to a Saints receiving corps that also contained Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth. The most famous play of Pathon's career occurred in Dec. 2003, when he scored the touchdown on the "River City Relay" against Jacksonville that would have miraculously tied the game late, if not for a missed extra point attempt following the score.

Jimmy Graham (TE, 2010-2014)

Jimmy Graham was one of the most polarizing figures to ever wear a Saints uniform. New Orleans drafted Graham as an athletic project in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. The former basketball star from the University of Miami Fla. (them again) did prove to be a red zone threat in his rookie season, with five touchdowns on only 31 receptions. Graham exploded in his second season, having one of the best years any tight end has ever had with 99 receptions, 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In his last four years in a Saints uniform, Graham made 3 Pro Bowls (including 1 All-Pro year), had at least 85 receptions every season, no less than 889 receiving yards, led the entire NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns in 2013, and proved to be one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the league. He was shockingly traded to the Seattle Seahawks following the 2014 season, where he has become a valuable asset in their passing attack. Jimmy Graham will likely be inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame one day, taking his place among the greatest players in franchise history.

Other Saints players that have worn the No. 80: Jim Garcia (1967), Mike Walker (1971), Doug Winslow (1973), Earl McCullouch (1974), Sam Havrilak (1974), Larry Burton (1975-77), Gordon Banks (1980-81), Lindsay Scott (1982-85), Malcolm Barnwell (1985), Mike Miller (1985), Herbert Harris (1986-87), Marcus Dowdell (1993), Tyrone Johnson (1994), Haywood Jeffires (1996), Daryl Hobbs (1997, Tony Johnson (1998), P.J. Franklin (1999), Robert Wilson (2000-01), Shad Meier (2005), Mark Campbell (2006-08), Darnell Dinkins (2009)

Poll

Who is your favorite Saints player to wear No. 80?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Brett Perriman
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Wesley Carroll
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Jerome Pathon
    (11 votes)
  • 93%
    Jimmy Graham
    (295 votes)
314 votes total Vote Now