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New Orleans Saints’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The New Orleans Saints have been an NFL franchise since 1967, and while they have been awesome as of late with stars like Reggie Bush and Drew Brees and Marques Colston, the Saints have endured many losing seasons. Even Archie Manning, who played in New Orleans most of his career, was the bright spot on many bad Saints’ teams. But still, the Saints have put up decent offensive numbers, and great QB play has to go hand in hand with great receiver play. Here is a list of the all-time Top 10 in receiving yards in Saints’ history:
Eric Martin (7854)—Eric Martin played all but one season of his career in New Orleans, from 1985 to 1993, and leads the franchise all-time with 7854 receiving yards. Martin had a career high 1090 receiving yards in 1989, but his Pro Bowl year of 1988 was his best season. That year, Martin caught a career best 85 passes for 1083 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Joe Horn (7622)—Joe Horn’s career really blossomed when he began playing in New Orleans, and he was with the Saints from 2000 to 2006. Horn was really exciting to watch and he ranks second in Saints’ history with 7622 receiving yards. Horn made the Pro Bowl four times in a Saints’ uniform, and his best season was 2004, with career highs in receptions (94), receiving yards (1399) and TD catches (11).
Danny Abramowicz (4875)—Danny Abramowicz was one of the original Saints, playing for them from 1967 to 1973, and ranks third in franchise history with 4875 receiving yards. Abramowicz was a first team All Pro in 1969, which was also his best season, with career highs in receptions (73, led the NFL), receiving yards (1015) and touchdowns (7). He also carried the ball 3 times for 61 more yards that season as a rusher.
Hoby Brenner (3849)—Tight end Hoby Brenner played his entire career in New Orleans, from 1981 to 1993, and ranks fourth in Saints’ history with 3849 receiving yards. Brenner made the Pro Bowl once, in 1987, but his best overall season statistically was 1985. That year, Brenner had career highs in receptions (42) and receiving yards (652) with 3 touchdown catches.
Quinn Early (3758)—Journeyman receiver Quinn Early played in New Orleans for five seasons, from 1991 to 1995, and ranks fifth in team history with 3758 receiving yards. Early had his best season in a Saints’ uniform, 1995, when he caught 81 passes for a career high 1087 yards and 8 TD receptions (also career best).
Henry Childs (3224)—Tight end Henry Childs played for the Saints from 1974 to 1980, and ranks sixth in their history with 3224 receiving yards. Childs made the Pro Bowl in 1979, but 1978 was his best season, with career highs in receptions (53) and receiving yards (869) with 4 touchdown catches.
Marques Colston (3000)—Marques Colston has only played three NFL seasons as I write this in 2009, all with the Saints. Not only has he become one of the all-time great receivers for this franchise, but he’s become one of the NFL’s best. Colston already ranks seventh in Saints’ history with 3000 receiving yards, and 2007 was his best season so far. That year, Colston had career highs in catches (98), receiving yards (1202) and touchdowns (11). A few more years, and Colston just might find himself at the top of this list.
Wes Chandler (2801)—Wes Chandler began his career in New Orleans, where he played from 1978 to 1981. He ranks eighth in franchise history with 2801 receiving yards, and Chandler’s best season as a Saint was 1979, when he made the Pro Bowl by catching 65 passes for 1069 yards and 6 TDs.
Donte Stallworth (2791)—Journeyman Donte Stallworth played the first four seasons of his career with the Saints, from 2002 to 2005. Stallworth ranks ninth in Saints’ history with 2791 receiving yards, and his best season in New Orleans was 2005, with career highs in receptions (70) and receiving yards (945) with 7 touchdown catches.
Michael Haynes (2290)—Michael Haynes played most of his career in Atlanta, but had a productive three seasons in New Orleans from 1994 to 1996. Haynes ranks tenth in team history with 2290 receiving yards, and his best season there was 1994, when he caught a career high 77 passes for 985 yards and 5 TDs.