New Orleans Saints’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The New Orleans Saints have been an NFL franchise since 1967 and for many years were a hard luck team. Witness the fact that as I write this in 2010, the Saints are 275-378-5, and this after having won the Super Bowl after the 2009 season. But that doesn’t mean the Saints haven’t been competitive at times, and they’ve had a few standout defensive players. Here is a short list of the Saints’ all-time leaders in sacks, keeping in mind that sacks became an official statistic in 1982:
Rickey Jackson (115)—Linebacker/defensive end Rickey Jackson played most of his career in New Orleans, from 1981 to 1993, and he ranks first in Saints’ history with 115 sacks. Jackson had a career high 13.5 sacks in 1992, one of six seasons in which he made the Pro Bowl. But his best season was arguably 1984, when Jackson had 12 sacks, and added one interception, four forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 124 tackles. Of course, Jackson had a career high 125 tackles in 1981, and that was before sacks were an official stat.
Wayne Martin (82.5)—Defensive lineman Wayne Martin played his entire career in New Orleans, from 1989 to 1999. Martin is second in franchise history with 82.5 sacks, and he had what was probably his best season in 1992. That year, Martin had a career high 15.5 sacks, and added 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 70 tackles.
Pat Swilling (76.5)—Linebacker and defensive lineman Pat Swilling played for the Saints most of his career, from 1986 to 1992, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 76.5 sacks. Swilling had his best season in 1991, one of two years in which he was a first team All Pro. That year, Swilling led the NFL with 17 sacks (career high), and added one interception for a touchdown, the only one of his career. Swilling also had 6 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 60 tackles.
Frank Warren (52.5)—Defensive lineman Frank Warren played his entire career in New Orleans, from 1981 to 1994, and he ranks fourth in Saints’ history with 52.5 sacks. Warren had arguably his best season in 1989, when he had a career high 9.5 sacks, and added one fumble recovery, career high 50 tackles, and one safety.
Joe Johnson (50.5)—Defensive end Joe Johnson played for the Saints most of his career, from 1994 to 2001, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 50.5 sacks. Johnson had what was probably his best season in 2000, when he made the Pro Bowl by racking up a career high 12 sacks, and adding 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 38 tackles and 10 assists.