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New Orleans Saints: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Joe Horn, New Orleans Saints
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Wide Receiver. 2000-06. Joe Horn. 11. player. 15.

Although Joe Horn wasn’t the Saints’ most productive receiver and didn’t last as long as some of the other big names on this list, he may have been the most talented pass catcher of the bunch. Playing in New Orleans for only seven years though, limited his yardage potential.

Still, when he got the opportunity, Horn certainly made the most of it. He currently has the second-best yards per game total (74.7), trailing only Michael Thomas, who has a total of two NFL campaigns under his belt. Had he played as long as the Saints’ current receiving yards leader, he would own nearly every receiving record in the book.

During his seven years down in the Bayou, Horn was elected to four Pro Bowls, including his first year as a starter after spending four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup. It’s all the more impressive when you consider that he wasn’t on the NFL’s radar coming out of college, and had to fish for interest from the CFL before eventually getting his shot in the league.

With that said, Horn capitalized when the Saints decided to give him a chance. “Hollywood” quickly asserted himself as a big-time playmaker, using his big frame and reliable hands to give defensive backs fits. Owner of the most 100-yard games in New Orleans history (27), Horn will forever be remembered for his contributions to the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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