In 70 days, on Sept. 11, the Minnesota Vikings will host the New Orleans Saints, in the 2017 season opener for both teams. Canal Street Chronicles continues our own series of countdown to kickoff, today we take a look at a few Saints players that have worn the No. 70. As most sports fans know, this jersey number typically identifies offensive and defensive linemen, making this a pretty short list of large men.
Jammal Brown (OT, 2005-2009)
Brown was drafted with the 13th overall pick by the Saints prior to the nomadic 2005 season. He would take the starting job and anchor the offensive line which protected Drew Brees and led the way to the 2006 NFC Championship Game. Brown would earn his first of two Pro Bowl nods and would also be chosen as an All Pro. Early in 2009, Brown was injured and replaced by Jermon Bushrod as the team went on to win Super Bowl 44. Jamaal would never get his starting job back and was traded to the Washington Redskins. A highly decorated collegiate, Brown only lasted 8 seasons in the NFL, playing in only 7. After sitting out 2012 on the physically unable to perform list, he became an unrestricted free agent in 2013. In spite of his short stint in New Orleans, brown is probably the best #70 the team has had.
Mitchell Loewen (DE, 2017)
Loewen is the first current Saints player to make an appearance in my few installments of this series. He’s also the only rookie but pickings are slim for historical #70s. So we’ll get to know Mitchell a little better. His path to the NFL is actually unique. Loewen played six positions in four years at Arkansas. He was a linebacker, tight end, fullback, offensive tackles, defensive tackle, and defensive end in college starting in just nine of his 36 games as a razorback. Short of a camp body, Loewen may not stick around in New Orleans too long, but is on the team just in time to make the list. Ha!
Uhuru Hamiter (DE, 1998-1999)
Hamiter totaled a whopping 5 tackles in 5 games as a Saint. But he’s not on this list because of his achievements. I just happen to think Uhuru is an awesome name and thought it would be great to include him here. Hamiter had an interesting path tot he NFL including seasons in semi-pro football in New Jersey and NFL Europe. he had 3 stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and also was a member of the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans before leaving football for good after 2002.
Here are a few other players to don the old #70 ~ Craig Robinson, Dave Hubbard, Jim Rourke, Bill Contz, Mark Meseroll, Kevin Haverdink (made an earlier appearance on the list), Chris Port, Sam Holden, and Marcus Price. I’ll be handing the series back over to Bob Rose but expect me to pop back in on the way to opening kick-off. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey with me.
Side-note: This is officially my 100th Contributor’s piece here at Canal Street Chronicles. It’s been real and thanks for reading!
Who was the most interesting player to wear #70?
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