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Countdown to New Orleans Saints Kickoff: A History of No. 46

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There’s just 46 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 46 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. 46.

NO Saints History

Danny Abramowicz (WR, 1967‐73)

Drafted in the 17th round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the fledgling Saints, Danny Abramowicz was one of the only stars for the team in their early years. He finished the 1968, 1969, and 1970 seasons ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in receiving yards and catches. When he retired, the Xavier University product held a then NFL record for consecutive games catching at least one pass at 105.

Abramowicz finished his playing career with the San Francisco 49ers, but is probably better known for his career as a coach in the NFL. Abramowicz was Mike Ditka’s special teams coordinator with the Chicago Bears, and came to New Orleans with Ditka in that same capacity. He was the Saints’ offensive coordinator in 1999 prior to Ditka being fired.

Jim Kearney (S, 1976)

Better known for his playing days as a Kansas City Chief, Jim Kearney was drafted by that team in the 11th round of the 1965 NFL Draft out of Prairie View A&M. In 1972, he returned a then record 4 interceptions for touchdowns with the Chiefs and started Super Bowl IV for them. He retired following his one-year stint with the Saints.

Hokie Gajan (FB, 1982‐85)

The native of Baker, Louisiana was drafted out of LSU by the Saints in the 10th round of the 1981 NFL Draft. As a player, Gajan had the distinction of leading the NFL in 1984 in average yards per carry, gaining 615 yards on 102 carries for an average of 6.03. In his career with the Saints, Gajan had 1,358 yards rushing for 11 TDs and 515 receiving yards for 2 TDs.

To many fans, Gajan is better known for his years as the color commentator for WWL Radio’s Saints broadcasts. His unique Cajun wit and bon mots were a huge hit with Who Dat Nation. Best Hokieism ever, during a game in which Reggie Bush scatted around a player and into the end zone, Gajan exclaimed the defender had been “beaten like a tied up goat.”

Hokie Gajan passed away in 2016 following a brief battle with a rare form of cancer called liposarcoma.

Sean Lumpkin (S, 1992‐96)

Sean Lumpkin was drafted by the Saints out of the University of Minnesota in the 4th round of the 1992 draft. He started in 15 games for the team in 1994 and 16 in 1995. He finished his Saints career with two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. His career ended when he was released by the Saints prior to the 1997 Season.

Kendall Gammon (LS, 1996-99)

Kendall Gammon began his NFL career as a long snapper and back-up offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers before coming to New Orleans. He alternated jersey numbers every season he was with the Saints, and sported No. 46 in 1998. Following his tenure with the Saints, Gammon was with the Kansas City Chiefs where he had the distinction of being the first pure long snapper to be named to a Pro Bowl in 2005.

Other players to wear 46: Jim Kearney (1976), Ladell Betts (2010), Ken Crawley (2016)

Poll

Who was your favorite Saints player to wear No. 46?

This poll is closed

  • 48%
    Danny Abramowicz
    (72 votes)
  • 50%
    Hokie Gajan
    (75 votes)
  • 0%
    Sean Lumpkin
    (1 vote)
148 votes total Vote Now