Tuesday’s news that Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams is retiring comes with a bit of an NFC South angle.
Williams once was the biggest thing to ever hit the New Orleans Saints. Remember the 1999 draft, when the Saints traded away all their picks from that year, plus a couple more for the following year, for the right to draft Williams?
The New Orleans Saints, armed with their high-powered offense, had their Super Bowl dreams dashed in a divisional playoff loss in San Francisco. If they hope to make a another run at a second ring in the 2012 season, they’ll need to take care of some lucrative business: Spending multimillions to lock up three irreplaceable offensive players.
Ruston Webster understands why some Volunteer fans want Peyton Manning to continue his NFL career in the state where he played in college. With Manning’s future in doubt due to neck surgery and a $28 million bonus due from the Indianapolis Colts in March, some fans put together a website and solicited money for billboards in Indianapolis imploring the quarterback to return.
The New Orleans Saints apparently have completed the overhaul of their defensive coaching staff with the hiring of Andre Curtis as assistant defensive backs coach. Curtis worked with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and defensive backs coach Ken Flajole in St. Louis.
When you spend nine years with one organization, the ties run deep. The memories remain vivid. Even a less than desirable ending cannot erase the good times and accomplishments. William Roaf was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1993 out of Louisiana Tech and made his impact felt immediately. By his second season, he was a Pro Bowl choice and he went on to make seven straight Pro Bowls as a member of the Saints. He attained first team All-Pro honors three times with New Orleans.