Everyone enjoys a good underdog story. Film’s like “Rudy” and “The Blind Side” have dug into our brain’s as the tale of the average person who overcomes obstacle’s in their personal lives to achieve what they have always dreamed of.
Most of the time, there is one person or a group that is constantly telling the dreamer that they can’t make it. Which always makes the ending that much sweeter. The New Orleans Saints have had their share of “unlikely hero’s”.
Saint’s radio announcer Jim Henderson actually coined the term during the infamous “muff by Hakim” during the 2000 Wild Card game against the St. Louis Rams. The “unlikely hero” turned out to be Saints Fullback Brian Milne.
Milne was drafted in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996 out of Penn State. Milne had already faced one battle out of Penn State where Head Coach Joe Paterno had to hold a scholarship for him because of cancer treatments. The Colts would place Milne on waivers before the season even started.
From there Milne was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played from 1996-1999, and then the Seattle Seahawks in 1999. Both stops never registered much for Milne in his career. However, his next stop in 2000 would be with the New Orleans Saints where he earned a place in Who Dat history.
The Saints were not expected to beat the St. Louis Rams during the 2000 Wild Card game. They had never recorded a playoff win and with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Saints drive had stalled, returning the ball to the Rams deadly return man Az-Zahir Hakim.