Yesterday Joe “Hollywood” Horn was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame as the lone 2010 member in his first year of eligibility for the honor.
Horn played with the Saints from 2000 through 2006 making four consecutive Pro Bowls as a member of the black an gold. He holds several team records including the record for single season receiving yards (1399) and receiving touchdowns (11) as well as career receiving touchdowns (50).
Horn is also the Saints’ all-time leader in 100 yard receiving games with 27 and finished his career in New Orleans totaling 523 catches for 7,622 yards and 50 receiving touchdowns.
Beside his solid play Horn is probably best known for an elaborate post touchdown celebration during a 2003 game against the Giants when after a score he pulled out a cell phone from behind the goal post padding and made a call, view the video here.
The stunt was broadcast nationally on ESPN Sunday Night Football and ultimately sparked the fade of players thinking up elaborate celebrations after touchdowns, although it cost Horn thirty thousand dollars after he was fined by the NFL.
After his release prior to the 2007 season he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons to a three year deal which quickly soured as the Falcons opted to let him sit rather than play him prompting Horn to request a trade.
Atlanta would never grant the trade request but in the end he was cut from the team in August of 2008.
Now with seemingly no more suitors for his services all indications point to his imminent retirement from professional football, a retirement he would like to make as a member of the Saints.
“I’ve already talked with (General Manager) Mickey (Loomis) and Sean about retiring as a Saint, and I’m glad, ” Horn said. “That’s the way it should be. Those fans in this city who embraced me and my family . . .” Horn said, shaking his head at the memories. “I was on a carpet ride, and I never wanted to get off.”
Horn will follow in the footsteps of former running back Deuce McAllister who signed with team late last season during the their play-off run only to announce his retirement days later, Hollywood will be given the same luxury and be allowed to go out with the team he loves.