New Orleans Saints: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Vaughan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
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12. player. 15. . Inside Linebacker. 1986-93. Vaughan Johnson

Just a fair warning: this list is about to get very linebacker heavy. There have been many superstars who shined bright at the position for the Saints over the years. Vaughan Johnson may not be the most notable of them, but he’s absolutely worthy of the recognition.

Arguably the least noteworthy of the “Dome Patrol,” Johnson was still a star in his own right. The owner of four Pro Bowl selections and one Second-Team All-Pro honor, he currently sits in third place on the Saints’ all-time list of leading tacklers. His road to stardom wasn’t as clear as others though.

Coming out of college, Johnson actually latched on with the USFL’s Jacksonville Bulls. With the league’s future looking bleak, though, New Orleans selected him in the first round of the 1984 Supplemental Draft, ensuring that it’d have first crack at him if the USFL folded. It did, and Johnson is now in the Saints Hall of Fame.

Johnson went on to play one season with the Philadelphia Eagles before hanging up his cleats. Based on the impact he had in New Orleans, though, it’s safe to assume no love was lost. Although he wasn’t the most talented of the “Dome Patrol,” Johnson’s impact was undeniable.

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