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New Orleans Saints: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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George Rogers. 16. player. 15. . Running Back. 1981-84

At first, I was a bit hesitant to put George Rogers this high. The running back only spent four years in New Orleans, offering him little time to truly making a lasting impact on the franchise.

Then I remembered his rookie 1981 season, and felt better about the decision.

During his first year in the NFL, Rogers was a monster for the Saints. Racking up 1,674 yards as a rookie, he set the team’s still-standing, single-season rushing yards record while also winning the NFL’s rushing title that year. It was a tremendous feat, especially for an inexperienced player back in 1980s — before superstar rookies were the trend.

That year, he earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. Although his remaining three years in New Orleans wouldn’t be as successful, he managed to accumulate 4,267 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns before eventually joining the Washington Redskins in 1985.

As brief as his time in Louisiana was, Rogers was a legend. His nearly unprecedented success for a rookie and quick rewrite of the Saints’ rushing records more than warrants the No. 16 spot on this list.