New Orleans Saints Passing Leaders – 7. Dave Wilson (6,987)
Saints Quarterback from 1981-1988
With the No. 1 overall pick in the 1981 Supplemental Draft, the Saints selected Dave Wilson out of Illinois. The hope was that Wilson would be the long-time successor to Archie Manning, who was nearing the end of his stint in New Orleans.
Wilson appeared in 11 games as a rookie and threw for just one touchdown while tossing 11 interceptions. He injured his knee before the 1982 season started and that led to a big change in his mobility.
In his eight seasons with the Saints, Wilson had only two seasons where he had more passing touchdowns than interceptions. He only ever played in New Orleans, not finding another NFL home after the 1988 season.
Wilson’s final Saints numbers through 53 games and 31 starts were 6,987 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and 55 interceptions.