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The 2009 New Orleans Saints: Where Are They Now?

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3. CB Tracy Porter

Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon (88) catches a pass over Oakland Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter during the first quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Port Allen, Louisiana native Tracy Porter was drafted to his hometown team in the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent most of his rookie season on the IR list due to a dislocated wrist.

Porter had a knack for making big pivotal plays for the Saints in the 2009 season. The New Orleans Saints undefeated season nearly came to an end much sooner in week 7 when the Saints were getting taken to the woodshed in Miami by the Dolphins. The Saints were able to battle back due in part to a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown and a bobbled pass that resulted in a Darren Sharper interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Porter also forced a fumble on wide receiver Bernard Berrian in the NFC Championship game and intercepted quarterback Brett Favre in the last moments of the 4th quarter to bring the game into overtime, to help the Saints win on a field goal. His greatest moment came when clinched the Saints victory on a Peyton Manning interception in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl for a touchdown. He later said that he had noted the play during his film study before the game and noticed it was a route they often ran when they needed a conversion on third down.

Porter remained with the Saints until he went to Denver in 2012 on a one-year contract. In 2013, he played with the Raiders on a one-year deal where he became the first player to intercept both Peyton and Eli Manning for a touchdown. He is now playing for the Washington Redskins on a two-year deal.