If you’re looking for a player who made a lasting impact in New Orleans, look no further than Rickey Jackson. One of the elite linebackers of his era, Jackson was a sensational presence for the Saints who spent a whopping 13 seasons with the club.
During that time, he racked up over 1,100 tackles, 115 sacks, 38 forced fumbles and seven interceptions. As a result of his ridiculous production, Jackson earned six Pro Bowl nods, six All-Pro selections and an appearance on the NFL’s All-Rookie team in 1981. On top of that, only kicker Morten Andersen played in more games for the Saints than the linebacker, who suited up 195 times.
Jackson is the team’s leader in nearly every defensive statistical category except interceptions. He owns 32.5 more sacks than the next in line, and his career total isn’t even a complete number — sacks weren’t an official stat until his sophomore season. No matter which way you look at it, Jackson was an unstoppable force as the leader of the Saints’ “Dome Patrol” defense.
Many of the years Jackson spent in New Orleans were on sub-par squads. However, he played a pivotal role in the team’s first four playoff appearances. Defensive players often get overlooked when it comes to value, but there’s no denying Jackson was a key cog for the Saints throughout his 13 seasons in town.