New Orleans Saints: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Jim Dombrowski, New Orleans Saints
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15. . Guard. 1986-96. Jim Dombrowski. 22. player

Here’s an interesting piece of information for you: before Ryan Ramcyzk, Jim Dombrowski was the most recent Saints rookie to start at left tackle. That’s a feat all in itself, seeing as the blindside is one of the most important and difficult positions to play in the NFL.

The sixth-overall selection in the 1986 NFL Draft, Dombrowski quickly caught on as an outstanding protector for the Saints. Although he eventually made the move inside after spending the first few years of his career at left tackle, no one is going to deny that he was an important part of the New Orleans offensive line through his stay in town.

Like some other players on this list, Dombrowski deserves kudos for staying true to the Saints. All 11 of his seasons in the NFL and all 151 of the games he played in were with New Orleans, proving that loyalty was a thing back in the 1980s and 1990s.

It’s rather surprising that, across all of his years in the league, Dombrowski was never named to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team. It’s unfortunate, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s one of greatest offensive linemen to ever call himself a Saint.

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