New Orleans Saints: Top three players in team history to wear No. 3

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 28: Wil Lutz #3 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after kicking a field goal in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons with Thomas Morstead #6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 28: Wil Lutz #3 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after kicking a field goal in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons with Thomas Morstead #6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Number Two: Kicker John Carney

Former New Orleans Saints kicker John Carney spent a total of eight years with the organization.

Carney’s first tenure with the team came from 2001-2006 with Carney posting successful numbers year after year. Following the 2006 season, Carney strapped up for Jacksonville, Kansas City, and the New York Giants before returning to the Saints in 2009.

John Carney won a Super Bowl with the Saints and retired following his release in 2010. John Carney became the sixth player in NFL history to play in 300 games on November 30, 2009. John Carney was also the third-oldest player to ever start a game at the age of 46.

During the Saints Super Bowl run in 2009, Carney was designated to a “kicking consultant” role and was also responsible for holding the ball for young kicker Garrett Hartley. His role in helping develop Hartley helped the Saints win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

John Carney is also a two time Pro Bowler and holds six NFL records. John Carney was also inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. Carney’s 2,044 career points had him third on the all-time list following his retirement.

His consistent kicking and mentorship are why John Carney checks in as the second-best player to ever wear the number three jersey in New Orleans Saints history.

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