Archie Manning 1971-1982 | NOSaintsHistory

    • billy kilmer
    • chuck muncie
    • dick nolan
    • derland moore
    • morten andersen
    • archie manning
    • dome patrol
    • buford jordan
    • dave whitsell
    • jake kupp
    • sammy knight

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    Throughout the 1970s, the New Orleans Saints had very few players they could call superstars. But one of those superstars was a red-haired American from Drew, Mississippi. Archie Manning was the Saints’ No. 1 pick in 1971 and No. 2 pick overall after a near-legendary career at Ole Miss. he had 4,753 career yards from him, and his 56 tds remain a school record. All-sec in 1969 and 1970, he was fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1969 and third in 1970. Saint fans will never forget Archie Manning’s first NFL start against the Los Angeles Rams. archie went for 1 touchdown and, when time was up, he kicked it from 1 to give the saints an upset 24-20. In another 24-14 upset over eventual Super Bowl champions Dallas, he rushed for 2 touchdowns. unfortunately, for the rest of his career, victories were few and far between. It wasn’t until the arrival of Dick Nolan that Archie began to receive the respect he deserved. Nolan built on what former coach Hank Stram had started and got some offensive tools for Archie to work with. With a formidable running game in Chuck Muncie and Tony Galbreath, a quality receiving group in Ike Harris, Wes Chandler and tight end Henry Childs, and an offensive line that could provide some protection, Archie was named NFC MVP in 1978. and made the pro bowl in 1978 and 1979. in new orleans, archie set virtually all passing records while in new orleans and before draw brees came along, he had the most yards, tds, attempts, and completions in a race. In 1982, as Archie was beginning his eleventh season in New Orleans. After a season-opening 21-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Boom Phillips opted to ditch a Saints icon in favor of aging NFL legend Ken Stabler. the next 4 years he played a total of 17 games between the houston oilers and the minnesota vikings. after his retirement in 1985, he played saints on radio for several years and still announces exhibition games from time to time on television. Watching Archie as a teenager playing minor league and high school football, I always held him in the highest of respects. Playing on some of the worst teams in professional football, he was always a professional act. I don’t remember him ever criticizing the saints or complaining. every Sunday he stayed competitive and was always the team leader. I still vividly remember him chasing a Detroit defensive lineman off the field after he was fired. Said lion had supposedly tried to step on Archie’s hand. Despite the Saints’ lack of success during his career, Archie still retains his sense of humor. He was commenting on the color during a Saints game when the Saints pulled off a 2-play scoring series. the other commenter asked if archie had ever experienced that like a saint… a 2 play series. Archie answered that they managed a three-play series once. he quickly added that the other team thought it was halftime and had left for the locker room early.

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