New Orleans Saints Passing Leaders – 6. Billy Kilmer (7,490)
Saints Quarterback from 1967-1970
Billy Kilmer started his career with the 49ers where he played for five years (though only appearing in four seasons). He bounced around between playing quarterback and running back in the Niners’ offense and was selected by the Saints in the 1967 NFL Expansion Draft.
This made Kilmer the first-ever starting quarterback for New Orleans and he was with the team for four seasons. He went back and forth between starting and serving as a backup but Kilmer definitely had his bright moments as a starter.
His best moment as a Saint came in the 1969 season, where he threw for six touchdowns against the Cardinals.
At the end of the 1970 season, it was obvious that the organization was going to select Archie Manning in the upcoming draft so Kilmer asked to be traded. The Saints ended up sending him to Washington where he spent the final eight years of his career.
Kilmer’s final numbers through 49 games and 39 starts as a Saint were 7,490 passing yards, 47 touchdowns, and 62 interceptions.