New Orleans Saints: Ranking the five best linebackers in team history

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Linebacker Demario Davis #56 of the New Orleans Saints, defensive lineman David Onyemata #93 and offensive lineman Erik McCoy #78 prepare to take the field before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Saints won 33-27. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Linebacker Demario Davis #56 of the New Orleans Saints, defensive lineman David Onyemata #93 and offensive lineman Erik McCoy #78 prepare to take the field before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Saints won 33-27. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Vaughan Johnson
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Vaughan Johnson

They called him the “Super Collider”; like Vilma, Vaughan Johnson never was a superstar, but he was regarded around the league as one of the hardest hitters in the game.

Perhaps the most under-appreciated member of the Fab Four, Johnson arrived to the Saints from the USFL and immediately got to work, starting in all 16 games as a rookie.

In three of his seven seasons with New Orleans, Johnson notched 100 tackles, including a career-high 114 tackle season in 1988.

For all the nostalgia surrounding Jim Mora’s legendary defense, the Dome Patrol never accomplished much, at least from an outsider’s perspective.

But following one of the most harrowing goal-line stands in franchise history on a chilly Pittsburgh day; the win would cement the first winning season in franchise history and allowed the team’s first playoff appearance ever, giving the people of New Orleans their first glimmer of hope.

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