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Vilma Comes in at No. 58 on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2012″

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 05/29/2012 – 2:51 pm

Saints LB Jonathan Vilma came at No. 58 on the NFL Network’s ”The Top 100: Players of 2012.”

Vilma was the second current Saints player to be named to the list as RB Darren Sproles appeared at No. 86.

The countdown of the best 100 players leading into the 2012 season is voted on by the players themselves.

A leader on the field and in the locker room, tireless in preparation and fierce while patrolling the middle, Vilma has proven to be everything the Saints had hoped for since acquiring him in 2008. No Saint has had as many tackles as Vilma’s 479 over the past four seasons, earning a reputation as one of the NFL’s top linebackers.

In the past two seasons, Vilma has been voted by his teammates as a defensive team captain for the past three seasons and by opposing players, coaches and fans as a Pro Bowl selection in 2009 and 2010.

Despite a nagging knee injury that forced him to miss five games, the former University of Miami (Fla.) standout once again was one of the leaders on the Saints defense as he led the club with three fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown, while adding 67 tackles, (38 solo), one forced fumble and four pass defenses.

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Saints Player to be Featured on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2012″ on Wednesday

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 05/23/2012 – 8:07 pm

One Saints player will be ranked between #60-51 on NFL Network’s ”The Top 100: Players of 2012” which airs Wednesday, May 23, at 7 pm CT.

The countdown of the best 100 players leading into the 2012 season is voted on by the players themselves.

RB Darren Sproles came in at No. 86 on the list earlier in the series.

Sproles joined the Saints at the start of training camp in 2011 and needed no adjustment as he enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons on offense and special teams in franchise history. Sproles is a 5-6, 190 pound all-purpose threat who has been one of the NFL’s most dynamic players rushing, receiving and on kickoff and punt returns, who set an NFL single-season record with 2,696 all-purpose yards. Since 2007, no NFL player has matched his 10,947 all-purpose yards.

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Quotes from the Heath Evans’ Softball Showdown

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 05/17/2012 – 6:40 am

OL Zach Strief

On how he got involved in the Heath Evans’ Softball Showdown:

“It’s a lot of fun. We are here to support Heath and what he is doing with his wife – to fight for the victims of sexually abused kids. Fight for the families, fight for the kids. It is a good event. We have a good time. It’s great for the fans. We really enjoy being more intimate with the fans. We don’t usually get to be that way.”

On if he expects a lot of playing time:

“No – minimal amount of playing time. If I can become the coach, I will try to become the coach. It is not my sport. I will make sure that I give it my best shot when it is my time.”

On how the Saints put an emphasis on community events:

“For the young guys, this is a great way to meet the fans. To integrate yourself in the community and get your name out there. It’s a great way to show some of your personality out there, that you do care and that you care enough to give back. This is for a great cause and there is no reason not to do it.”

S Malcolm Jenkins

On how important the Softball Showdown is to him:

“This is my third time at the event. It is a great time. We come out and support Heath and his foundation. Children facing sexual abuse, it is a huge problem. The fact that he can go out and support it means a lot to us.”

On how important it is to get involved with community events:

“It is huge. For one, it is out teammates and our former teammates. We love to support each other. The causes are usually really good causes. To be able to come out and lend a little bit of your time to raise a lot of awareness and a lot of money for a good cause is pretty good.”

LB Will Herring

On what it felt like competing in the home-run competition

“I was pretty nervous. I have never played baseball in front of a crowd like this. It brought me back to the high school days. I got off to a slow start but I was able to get it going. It was fun. Heath is a good friend of mine. We went to school together. He wasn’t able to make it but I am glad to help him out any way that I can.”

WR Lance Moore

On participating in the Softball Showdown:

“It is an awesome event to not only bring the community together here in New Orleans but to raise awareness, as well as money, about childhood sexual abuse. It is something that people don’t really want to talk about. It is real. It is going on. We are trying to do whatever we can to help stop that.”

RB Pierre Thomas

On participating in the Softball Showdown:

“It is a great event. Heath and his people put together a great event. The fans can come see us play a new sport. See some of our talent, or if we have talent in another sport. We are out here to have a good time and it is for a great cause. We are out here and we support Heath no matter what. He used to be a Saint and he always will be a Saint to us. He is our brother. We are going to do whatever it takes to help him out.”

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Mother’s Day Contest

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 05/08/2012 – 7:43 pm

How would you like to win a “Happy Mother’s Day” video message from Lance Moore for your mom?

Contest: Lance Moore played three positions for his high school football team – name them!

Email us (saintscontest@gmail.com) with the correct three positions by the end of the day Tuesday (May 8, 2012). Only one entry per email address. One person who correctly lists all three in an email will win the video message for mom – Good Luck!

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Jersey Numbers for Rookies

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 05/03/2012 – 8:58 pm

Draft Pick Jersey Numbers: 

Akiem Hicks – #92
Nick Toon – #88
Corey White – #24
Andrew Tiller – #67
Marcel Jones – #70

Rookie Free Agents Jersey Numbers: 
Chris Givens – #17
Malcolm Beyah – #18
Adrian Davis – #20
Jose Gumbs – #22
Laron Scott – #34
Jerico Nelson – #37
Johnny Thomas – #38
Travaris Cadet – #39
Aaron Tevis – #44
Kadarron Anderson – #46
Stephen Johnson – #53
Braylon Broughton – #62
Brian Folkerts – #63
Tyrunn Walker – #68
Aderious Simmons – #76
Dan Hoch – #79
Jacob Byrne – #82
Kevin Hardy – #86

Additionally, the following players have changed numbers:

Chris Chamberlain is now #56
David Hawthorne is now #57
Swanson Miller is now #97
Greg Romeus is now #99


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