Best Saints By The Numbers: #4
All summer long, we’re going to list the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
The pick: Steve Walsh
When picking the best Saints player ever to wear #4, the choice is limited to quarterbacks Steve Walsh and Todd Bouman, kickers Mike Cofer and Billy Cundiff, and punters Klaus Wilmsmeyer, Toby Gowin, and Glenn Pakulak.
So, while he won't go down as one of the all-time greats in franchise history, the obvious pick here is Walsh, who was with the organization from 1990-1993.
After finishing his collegiate career at Miami (Florida), where he finished fourth in the 1988 Heisman Trophy voting, Walsh was selected with the first-overall pick in the 1989 NFL Supplemental draft by the Dallas Cowboys
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Walsh passed for 1,371 yards and five touchdowns for the Cowboys in 1989, while splitting time with Troy Aikman.
Four games into the 1990 season, the Cowboys traded Walsh to the Saints, in exchange for a first, second, and third round draft choices.
The Saints were in the market for a quarterback, as Bobby Hebert was holding out, in a contract dispute, and John Fourcade got off to a poor start.
In 12 games, 11 as a starter, Walsh threw for 1,970 yards and 12 touchdowns in 1990, leading the Saints to an 8-8, and a playoff berth, before falling to the Chicago Bears, 16-6.
Hebert returned in 1991, and Walsh would start only 8 more games in his last three seasons with the franchise, becoming a back-up to both Hebert, in 1991-1992, and Wade Wilson in 1993.
In four seasons with the Saints, Walsh threw for 3,879 yards and 25 touchdowns.
After leaving New Orleans following the 1994 season, Walsh spent two seasons with the Chicago Bears, one with the St. Louis Rams, two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and one with the Indianapolis Colts before retiring following the 1999 season.
In 11 NFL seasons, Walsh threw for Hebert threw for 7,875 yards and 40 touchdowns.