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New Orleans Saints’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The New Orleans Saints began play in the NFL in 1967, and it took them over 40 years to reach a Super Bowl, which they did following the 2009 season and won it against the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints have mostly been hard-luck, but they sure have put some talented quarterbacks on the field. Here is a short list of the Saints’ all-time passing touchdown leaders to date:
Drew Brees (129)—Drew Brees came to New Orleans as a free agent right along with coach Sean Payton following Hurricane Katrina. And he helped lead a resurgence that led to a Super Bowl title in 2009. Brees, who has been with the Saints since 2006, leads the Saints all-time with 129 touchdown passes as I write this in 2010, and despite 5069 passing yards in 2008, his best season overall was arguably 2009. That year, Brees tied a career high with 34 touchdown passes (led the NFL), but he also led the NFL with a 70.6 completion percentage, threw for 4388 yards with 11 interceptions, for a QB rating of 109.6 (also led the league).
Aaron Brooks (120)—Aaron Brooks played for the Saints from 2000 to 2005, and he ranks second in franchise history with 120 touchdown passes. Brooks’ best season was arguably 2002, when he had a career best 27 TD passes, with 3572 passing yards and 15 picks.
Archie Manning (115)—Archie Manning may be best know for fathering two elite NFL quarterbacks in Peyton and Eli, but he had a decent career too, especially considering the Saints were awful for most of it. Manning played for the Saints most of his career, from 1971 to 1982, and he ranks third in Saints’ history with 115 touchdown passes. Manning’s best season was 1980, when, despite 20 interceptions, he had career highs in touchdown passes (23) and passing yards (3716).
Bobby Hebert (85)—Bobby Hebert played for New Orleans from 1985 to 1992, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 85 touchdown passes. Hebert had a career best 24 TD passes with Atlanta in 1993, but his best season for the Saints was arguably 1988. That year, Hebert had 3156 passing yards, with 20 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.
Jim Everett (60)—Jim Everett played for the Saints from 1994 to 1996, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 60 passing touchdowns. Everett had a career high 31 TDs with the Rams in 1988, but his best season in New Orleans wasn’t too shabby, either. That was 1995, when Everett threw for 3970 yards with 26 touchdowns and 14 picks.