Best Saints By The Numbers: #43
All summer long, we’re going to list the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
The pick: Mike McKenzie
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #43, the choice is limited to linebacker Dave Kopay, running backs Larry Collins, Bobby Fowler, and Garrland Jean Batiste, and defensive backs Kim Phillips, Tyronne Legette, Ashley Ambrose, Keyuo Craver, Mike McKenzie, Dicky Lyons, and Kevin Kaesviharn.
Who to take here?
Most of the choices either played just one year, were back-ups, or both.
We have to narrow it down to Legette, who wasn't a starter, but who played for the franchise for four seasons, and McKenzie, who is better known for wearing #34, but who did wear #43 in his first season with the team.
The pick is going to be McKenzie, a cornerback who played six years for the Saints, from 2004-2009.
Granted, McKenzie wore #43 for only one year, his first year with the team in 2004, but still intercepted five passes in only ten games.
After concluding his college career at Memphis, McKenzie was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft..
After playing for the Packers for five-and-a-half years, McKenzie was traded to the Saints in 1999, where he became a fixture at cornerback, leading the club in interceptions from 2004-2008 with 12.
A native of Miami, Florida, McKenzie compiled 174 tackles and 14 interceptions, including two touchdowns, during his time in New Orleans.
McKenzie, a 6-foot, 195-pounder, accumulated 410 tackles and 28 career interceptions, including 4 touchdowns, in his 12-year NFL career.
Following his playing days, McKenzie established a non-profit organization, the 34 Ways Foundation, designed to help underprivileged youth.