Best Saints By The Numbers: #38
All summer long, we’re going to list the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
The pick: George Rogers
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #38, the choice is limited to running backs Tony Baker, Bill Butler, George Rogers, linebacker Phil Vandersea, and defensive backs Calvin Nicholson, Donovan Greer, Usama Young, Greg Fassitt, and Jamarca Sanford.
The pick, and a pretty easy one at that, is Rogers, a running back who played four years for the Saints, from 1981-1984.
After concluding his college career at South Carolina, where he won the 1980 Heisman Trophy Award, Rogers was selected by the Saints with the first-overall pick of the 1981 NFL Draft.
Rogers paid immediate dividends, leading the league in rushing with 1,674 yards, which set a new team record that still stands today, while being selected as the NFL Rookie of the Year.
A native of Duluth, Georgia, Rogers also scored 13 rushing touchdowns in 1981, as he went on to be named to the Pro Bowl.
After the strike-shortened 1982 season, one in which he rushed for 535 yards and three touchdowns, Rogers eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau once again in 1983, compiling 1,144 and five touchdowns.
Splitting time with Earl Campbell in 1984, his final year with the Saints, Rogers gained 914 yards and two touchdowns.
A two-time All-Pro, Rogers was traded to the Washington Redskins prior to the 1985 season, where he played for three years, rushing for 2,909 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Over his four years with the Saints, Rogers rushed for 4,267 yards, which ranks second in franchise history, and 23 touchdowns.
In 7 NFL seasons, Rogers racked up 7,176 yards and 54 touchdowns.
Rogers was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 1992.