Best Saints By The Numbers: #83
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 #82.
The pick: Donte' Stallworth
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #83, the choice is limited to tight ends Vern Burke, Dave Parks, Len Garrett, Cliff Benson, Greg Scales, Johnny Mitchell, and Billy Miller, and receivers Andy Hamilton, Tinker Owens, Kenny Duckett, Carl Roaches, Kelvin Edwards, Dwight Walker, Cliff Benson, Torrance Small, Keith Poole, Donte' Stallworth, and Albert Connell.
After playing his college football at Tennessee, Stallworth was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
A native of Sacramento, California, Stallworth caught 67 passes for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons as a part-time starter, before becoming a full-time starter in 2004.
The 6-foot, 197-pound Stallworth went on to compile 128 receptions for 1,312 yards and 12 touchdowns over his two seasons as a regular starter.
Stallworth left the Saints following the 2005 season, and went on to play six more years, with the likes of the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and Washington Redskins, before retiring at the end of the 2012 season.
In four seasons with the Saints, Stallworth caught 195 passes for 2,791 yards and 23 touchdowns.
In 11 NFL seasons, Stallworth finished with 321 receptions for 4,847 yards and 35 touchdowns.