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Countdown to New Orleans Saints Kickoff: A History of No. 63

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Just 63 days to go until New Orleans kickoff!

Brad Edelman stares down Charger defense Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints are just 63 days, or 7 weeks, away from the start of their 2017 regular season. They open this year on the road, traveling north to take on the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night football. Canal Street Chronicles continues our walk through New Orleans history, with a look at some of the Saints players that have worn the No. 63.

Steve Baumgartner (DE, 1973-1977)

Baumgartner was a second round draft choice in 1973 out of Purdue. The tall (6-foot-7), but lanky defensive end showed a nose for the football, recovering 5 fumbles during his time in New Orleans. After playing for some poor Saint defenses, Baumgartner was acquired by the Houston Oilers during the '77 season, where he would play out the final years of his career until 1979.

Barry Bennett (DT, 1978-1981)

Bennett was drafted by New Orleans in the 3rd round of the 1978 draft. He saw action in all 16 games in his rookie season, then worked his way into a starting role on a Saints team that finished with the first non-losing record in franchise history. After appearing in only three games for the Saints in the 1981 season, Bennett was acquired by the New York Jets in 1982. There, he was a member of a Jets defensive line for six years that included Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko, and Marty Lyons that was nicknamed "The Sack Exchange".

Brad Edelman (OG, 1982-1989)

Edelman was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1982 draft by the Saints, and was an immediate starter on the team's offensive line. He remained a fixture on the New Orleans offensive line for the next eight seasons, logging 87 starts and earning a Pro Bowl berth in 1987. Edelman was a vital protector for quarterback Bobby Hebert, as well as an excellent run blocker for talented backs Reuben Mayes and Dalton Hilliard.

Wally Williams (OG, 1999-2002)

Williams was acquired by the Saints prior to the 1999 season, after spending the first six years of his career with the Browns and Ravens. He started 31 games on a powerful Saints offensive line in 2000 and 2001 that paved the way for 1,000 yard seasons by running back Ricky Williams and led to a division title and the Saints first ever postseason victory.

Other Saints players to wear No. 63: Roy Schmidt (1967-68), Norman Davis (1969), Karl Dunbar (1993), Donald Willis (1996), Ryan Lee (2012), Mike McGlynn (2015).

Poll

Who was your favorite Saints player to wear No. 63?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Steve Baumgartner
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Barry Bennett
    (1 vote)
  • 80%
    Brad Edelman
    (161 votes)
  • 10%
    Wally Williams
    (21 votes)
201 votes total Vote Now