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Sammy Knight Elected To New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame

By Editorial Staff

Sammy Knight is the newest Saints player to be elected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

Sammy became the starting free safety by the fourth game of his rookie season and never looked back.

He was signed as an undrafted free agent from USC in 1997 where he had played linebacker.

Sammy went on to play 6 seasons (1997-2002) at free safety for the Saints, and then went on to play 6 more seasons with the Dolphins, Chiefs, Jaguars, and Giants before his retirement.

I remember watching Sammy play and it seemed that he was involved in almost every play in some way or another, considering had over 100 tackles in 4 of his 6 seasons with the Saints, it was obvious he was always in the mix.

His career high 127 tackles came in his sixth and final year with the Saints. Sammy finished with 624 career tackles as a Saint during those 6 seasons.

Knight also had a nose for the football, while it was in the air too, as he had at least 5 interceptions in 5 of his 6 seasons with the Saints.

Therefore it’s not surprising that he led the Saints in interceptions in all 5 of those seasons, finishing with 28 career inteceptions which still ranks third in Saints history.

Sammy’s best year as a Saint came in 2001, when he was selected as a starter to the Pro Bowl.

That season he finished with 120 tackles. In a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he had a career high in tackles in a game with 22 stops.

Sammy finished with 5 fumble recoveries and 6 interceptions, as well as tying the frachise record with 3 interceptions in a game against the Buffalo Bills, which just happen to be Gregg Williams NFL coaching debut.

I would like to congratulate you Sammy on being elected to the Saints Hall of Fame this year. More importantly though, I would like to thank you for your years as a Saints player. You brought enjoyment and pride to all the Saints fans in the Who Dat Nation. WHO DAT!!!