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Feb 1, 2010; Davie, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper (42) at press conference for Super Bowl XLIV at the Miami Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper will make a return to the team that got him a Super Bowl ring…sort of.

Local New Orleans television station WWL-TV is announcing that they will be giving Sharper a job as the Saints football analyst.  Sharper retired from football this past season after no teams expressed any interest in signing him.

Although Sharper was considered one of the defensive leaders especially in the secondary during the Saints Super Bowl run, his following year wasn’t that great.

He was sidelined by an offseason knee surgery until October of 2010 and never regained the ball hawking status from the 2009 season.  As a matter of fact, Sharper didn’t register any interceptions the next season.

Sharper was not re-signed by the Saints this past season and he tested free agency, working out for a few teams.  When he saw that football was taking a backseat, Sharper began doing guest spots on NFL Network and internet sports web-casts.

Although not re-signed by the team and only playing for the Saints for two seasons, Sharper developed a huge fan following.  A majority of his 15-year career was split between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, but Sharper fell in love with New Orleans.

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Topics: Darren Sharper, Green Bay Packers, Gregg Williams, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Sean Pamphilon, WWL-TV

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    Being 1300 miles away from home and listening to the Saints on the WWL stream online, Darren should provide plenty of humor and insight to the broadcasts. Looking forward to it.