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Countdown to New Orleans Saints Kickoff: A History of No. 62

Sixty-two days to go until the Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings on the national stage!

Jerry Fontenot #62

The New Orleans Saints are a mere 62 days from the opening game of their 2017 regular season. On Sept. 11, the Saints will kick off NFL's Monday Night Football with an away contest against the Minnesota Vikings. Canal Street Chronicles continues our move towards kickoff with a step back into the team's past. Today, we look back at the Saints players that have worn the number 62.

John Hill (C, 1975-1984)

Hill arrived in New Orleans after spending his first three years as a New York Giant. He was immediately plugged in as the starting center, a position he would hold for the next ten seasons. Hill was an ironman, starting 134 games for a Saints line that paved the way for backs Chuck Muncie and Tony Galbreath, then later for former Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. Hill was a unanimous selection to the Saints 45th Anniversary team, and in 1992 was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame.

Jay Hilgenberg (C, 1993)

Hilgenberg joined the Saints in 1993 after a one-year stint in Cleveland following a highly decorated 11-year career as a Chicago Bear. In New Orleans, he teamed up with brother Joel, a member of the Saints Hall of Fame, on the New Orleans offensive line. A surgical procedure on his heart done in the spring of 1994 caused Jay to call it a career at the age of 34.

Jeff Uhlenhake (C, 1994-1995)

Uhlenhake came to New Orleans after an accomplished five-year career in Miami. He started 29 out of 30 games during his two year Saints career, centering an offensive line that protected quarterback Jim Everett as he threw his way to nearly 4,000 yards twice and saw running back Mario Bates finish just shy of the 1,000-yard mark.

Jerry Fontenot (C, 1997-2003)

A Lafayette, LA. native, Fontenot returned "home" in 1997, when he joined the Saints after a successful eight-year career with the Chicago Bears. Just as he was with the Bears, Fontenot was impossible to pry out of the starting lineup. He started all 16 games for the Saints in six out of his seven seasons, and started a total of 100 games for the team. He was a key member of an offensive line that opened holes for 1,000-yard rushers Ricky Williams and Deuce McAllister, winning an improbable division title in 2000.

Other Saints players to wear No. 62: Ross Gwinn (1968), Brad Leggett (1991), Kendall Gammon (1996), Lawrence Virgil (2014), Chris Watt (current)

Poll

Who was your favorite Saints player to wear No. 62?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    John Hill
    (46 votes)
  • 4%
    Jay Hilgenberg
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeff Uhlenhake
    (1 vote)
  • 57%
    Jerry Fontenot
    (72 votes)
125 votes total Vote Now