Top 30 players in New Orleans Saints’ history
Pat Swilling was one of the best “Dome Patrol” rushing linebackers that they had. He was able to get and attack the quarterback with ease. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft.
He ended up playing 12 years, but he only spent seven of those years with the New Orleans Saints. Swilling currently ranks No. 4 in Saints’ history with 76.5 sacks in his Saints’ career. He also added three interceptions, 24 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and 354 tackles.
By far the most impressive stat is the way he was able to get to the quarterback with haste. According to Pro Football Reference, Swilling finishes his career at No. 7 in the all-time Saints’ approximate value rating.
Swilling was also able to get his way to five straight Pro Bowls and two straight first-team All-Pro selections before he was traded to the Detriot Lions in 1993. He continued his high level of play for the Lions before ultimately retiring with the Raiders.