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Saints Linebacker Ricky Jackson At Hall Of Fame: “Football Always Has Been My Life”

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Jackson along with Jerry Rice, Emmit Smith, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm, John Randle and Rickey Jackson, were all inducted and arguably called on as one of the greatest overall classes in Hall history.

More importantly the Saints finally are “truly” represeted in the Hall as Jackson’s inclusion in the 2010 class marks the first time a longtime Saints player has ever received the honor.

Several other players that had been associated with the Saints are in the Hall of Fame but none for their specific contribution while with the team.

Jackson played with the Saints from 1981-1993 as a linebacker/defensive end making 1,173 tackles and 128 sacks (15 sacks while with the 49ers from 94-95) en route to six pro bowls (4 consecutive).

He is probably more revered as the most prominant linebacker in the fabled “Dome Patrol”, a 3-4 oriented missile of terror for opposing offenses during the late eighties and early nineties consisting of Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling.

Jackson has secured his place rightfully as one of the greatest linebackers to every play the game and luckily he played it for the New Orleans Saints.  In a year full of firsts for the franchise it seems fitting that one of our own is finally enshrined at Canton.

His arrival hopefully will pave the way for future and past Saints players — Mills, Johnson and Swilling next?