Best Saints By The Numbers: #76
All summer long, we’re going to list the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
Yesterday, we did #75
The pick: Jonathan Goodwin
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #76, the choice is limited to defensive linemen Dave Rowe and Dwaine Board, and offensive linemen Jim Pietrzak, Don Morrison, Kevin Hunt, Gene McGuire, Rickie Shaw, Jeff Davidson, Keno Hills, Tutan Reyes, and Jonathan Goodwin.
Our selection is going to be Goodwin, an offensive lineman, who played for the Saints for 6 years, in two different stints, first from 2006-2010, and then in 2014.
After playing his college football at Michigan, Goodwin was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Goodwin was a reserve in his first three seasons with the Jets, before becoming a starter in 2005.
The 6-foot-3, 318-pound Goodwin signed as a free agent with the Saints prior to the 2006 season, and after two years as a reserve, became the starting center for the 2008 season. He held that starting spot throughout the next three years, including 2009, when he was named to the Pro Bowl, while helping the Saints win the Super Bowl.
Goodwin left the Saints following the 2010 season, signing a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he played three seasons, before returning to the Saints for the 2014 season.
Currently, Goodwin is a free agent.
In 6 years with the Saints, Goodwin appeared in 88 games, including 61 as a starter.
In 13 NFL seasons, Goodwin has appeared in 195 games, including 122 as a starter.