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Countdown to New Orleans Saints Kickoff: A History of No. 48

Just 48 days to go until the Saints first regular season contest.

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The 2017 regular season for the New Orleans Saints is only 48 days away. This year, the Saints begin on the road, with a Monday night showdown with the Minnesota Vikings. Canal Street Chronicles continues our walk towards opening day, with a look at the Saints players that have worn the No. 48.

Andy Livingston (RB, 1969-1970)

Livingston played his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears, where, at 20 years old, he became the youngest player to score a touchdown in the NFL. He was traded to the Saints after the '68 season. Livingston led the Saints in rushing yards (761) and rushing touchdowns (5) in 1969, when he, receiver Danny Abramowicz, and fullback Tony Baker became the first Saints offensive players elected to the Pro Bowl. He injured his knee early in the 1970 season, which forced his retirement from football at the age of 26.

Don Schwartz (S, 1978-1980)

Schwartz was selected in the 4th round of the 1978 draft by New Orleans. He appeared in 46 of 48 games for the Saints in three seasons, with 11 starts and 2 interceptions. He left the Saints after the 1980 season to play his final professional season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jeff Groth (WR, 1981)

Groth made an earlier appearance on our countdown, at number 86, which he wore for 4 seasons as a Saint from 1982-85. His first season in New Orleans was 1981, however, Groth wore No. 48. His performance was a prelude of things to come, finishing 2nd on the team with an average of 19 yards per reception, and 3rd with 380 receiving yards, while also being the Saints primary punt returner.

James Fenderson (RB, 2002)

Fenderson actually played three seasons for New Orleans, from 2001-'03. During the '01 and '03 seasons, he wore No. 27. The most significant action Fenderson saw was in 2002 while wearing No. 48, when he had 103 yards from scrimmage and a rushing touchdown.

Vonn Bell (S, 2016-current)

Bell joined the Saints as a second round draft choice in 2016 from Ohio State. The rookie did not show the ball-hawking presence that he was known for in college, but still started 13 games, notching a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery while finishing second on the team with 83 tackles. Bell enters his second season expected to be a key piece of a young and improving New Orleans secondary.

Other Saints players to wear the No. 48: David Sloan (2003), Kendall Hunter (2015)


Who was your favorite Saints player to wear No. 48?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Andy Livingston
    (27 votes)
  • 2%
    Don Schwartz
    (3 votes)
  • 8%
    Jeff Groth
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    James Fenderson
    (0 votes)
  • 69%
    Vonn Bell
    (92 votes)
133 votes total Vote Now