The New Orleans Saints start their 2017 season just 60 days from today. Canal Street Chronicles helps lead the way towards the team's opening game against Minnesota, today looking back at the Saints players that have worn the number 60.
Steve Korte (C, 1983-1989)
New Orleans nabbed Korte with a 2nd round draft choice in the historically talented 1983 draft. While he may not have gone on to have the talented credentials that some of his other draft brethren did, Korte did have a solid 7-year career with the Saints. He started 63 games for a New Orleans team that would grow into a consistent competitor through the mid and late 1980s.
Derek Kennard (OG, 1991-1993)
Kennard was acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Cardinals in 1991, with the Saints sending the Cards holdout cornerback Robert Massey. An injury sustained in practice caused Kennard to miss that first season after just 3 games. He came back to start all 32 games for the Saints in 1992 and '93. Kennard left New Orleans and signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent after the 1993 season. He played his final two years with the Cowboys, and was a starter on the squad that won Super Bowl XXX.
Brian De La Puente (C, 2011-2013)
De La Puente was signed by the Saints as a free agent in 2010 to their practice squad, following brief stints with six different teams. After the sudden retirement of then starting center Olin Kreutz in 2011, De la Puente stepped into the Saints starting lineup and played extremely well for a Saints offense that set numerous league records. He started all 32 games in the subsequent two years as well, as the Saints were consistently thought of as among the most productive offenses in the league. De la Puente left New Orleans to sign a lucrative free agent deal with the Chicago Bears in 2014. Unfortunately, a leg injury ended his year at midseason, hastening his retirement in 2015.
Max Unger (C, 2015-current)
Unger was acquired in a trade with Seattle in the offseason of 2015, when the Saints sent All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in exchange for Unger, a Pro Bowl center, and Seattle's No. 1 draft choice that season (which turned out to be linebacker Stephone Anthony). Unger has remained one of the better centers in the NFL over his two seasons as a Saint, only missing one start and continuing to play at a high level. At just 31 years old, Unger looks to be a major part of the Saints offensive plans for the foreseeable future.
Other Saints players to wear No. 60: Brian Schweda (1967-68), Doug Sutherland (1970), Carl Cunningham (1971), Greg Westbrooks (1975-77), Don Reese (1978-80), Craig Novitsky (1994-96), Kendall Gammon (1997), Ben Archibald (2005)
Who was your favorite Saints player to wear No. 60?
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Brian De la Puente