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Countdown to New Orleans Saints Kickoff: A History of No. 66

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In a little more than two months, the New Orleans Saints will begin their 51st season of NFL football. Just 66 days remain until the Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football to begin their regular season. Canal Street Chronicles resumes our countdown as well, with a look at the players that have worn No. 66 during their Saints career.

Royce Smith (OG, 1972-1973)

Smith was a 1st round draft choice, the 8th selection overall, by the Saints out of Georgia in 1972. He started 10 games in his rookie campaign, but only managed 3 starts in his second season. The former collegiate All-American was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 1974, where he played his final three seasons.

Conrad Dobler (OG, 1978-1979)

The Saints completed a big trade with the St. Louis Cardinals early in the 1978 offseason. New Orleans sent offensive lineman Terry Stieve and defensive end Bob Pollard, a future Saints Hall of Famer, to the Cardinals. In return, St. Louis sent wide receiver Ike Harris, and the Pro Bowl offensive lineman Dobler to New Orleans. Dobler is known to this day as one of the meanest, and perhaps the dirtiest, player in NFL history. He was part of a Saints offensive line in 1979 that finished 6th in the league in point production, as the team finished 8-8, the first non-losing season in franchise history. The offensive brawler was dealt to the Buffalo Bills prior to the 1980 season, where Dobler played out the final two years of his controversial career.

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Brian Young (DT, 2004-2008)

The Saints obtained Young as a free agent in 2004 after he spent his first four years with the St. Louis Rams. He started 47 out of 48 games for New Orleans in his first three seasons, providing a solid interior pass rush. His 5.5 sacks on the Saints '06 run to the NFC conference title game were third on the team, and he had 12.5 sacks throughout his New Orleans career. Young struggled with illness and injury through 2007 and '08, and was released by the Saints prior to the 2009 season. Today Young is a defensive assistant on coach Sean Payton's staff.

Ben Grubbs (OG, 2012-2014)

The Saints inked Grubbs to a lucrative free agent contract in 2012, bringing the former 1st round draft choice over from the Baltimore Ravens. Grubbs started all 48 of the Saints games between 2012-14, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl after the 2013 season. He provided consistent interior line stability for quarterback Drew Brees and the productive Saints offensive attack. Grubbs was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason of 2015, where he played the final year of his career.

Jack Allen (C) will enter his second season wearing No. 66 for the Saints in 2017. Largely a practice squad player in 2016, Allen will have a terrific opportunity to earn a spot along the Saints offensive line, due to the team's offseason injuries at the position.

Other Saints players to wear No. 66: Bill Cody (1967-70), Rocky Rasley (1974), Tom Wickert (1975-76), Louis Oubre (1982-84), Chuck Commiskey (1986-88), Larry Williams (1991), Mike Verstegen (1996-97), Victor Riley (2002), Ryan Seymour (2015).

Poll

Who was your favorite Saints player to wear No. 66?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Royce Smith
    (3 votes)
  • 27%
    Conrad Dobler
    (53 votes)
  • 32%
    Brian Young
    (64 votes)
  • 38%
    Ben Grubbs
    (75 votes)
195 votes total Vote Now