Best Saints By The Numbers: #84
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 #83.
The pick: Eric Martin
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #84, the choice is limited to defensive end Lawrence Estes, tight ends Jim Hester, Paul Seall, Junior Miller, Scott Slutzker, Austin Wheatley, Tony Humphrey, Preston Riley, Rich Mauti, Eric Martin, Steve Rhem, Eric Guliford, Kenny Stills, and Michael Lewis.
After playing his college football at LSU, Martin was selected by the Saints in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL Draft.
A native of Van Vleck, Texas, Martin made an immediate impact, compiling 35 receptions for 522 yards and 4 touchdowns in 16 games, including 11 starts, as a rookie in 1985.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Martin then caught a combined 71 passes for 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns in his next two seasons, 1986-1987, before having a string of 6-consecutive seasons in which he caught at least 63 passes for at least 803 yards, including 1988, a year he was named to the Pro Bowl, after finishing with 85 catches for 1,083 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Martin left the Saints following the 1993 season and plane season with the Kansas City Chiefs, before retiring following the 1994 campaign.
In nine seasons with the Saints, Martin caught 532 passes for 7,854 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Martin ranks second in franchise history in receptions and receiving yards.
In 11 NFL seasons, Martin finished with 553 receptions for 8,161 yards and 49 touchdowns.