Best Saints By The Numbers: #87
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 #86.
The pick: Joe Horn
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #87, the choice is limited to defensive end Richard Neal, tight ends Monty Stickles, Mike Kelly, Larry Hardy, Malcolm Scott, John Farquhar, and Frank Wainwright, and receivers Don Herrmann, Lonzell Hill, Lee DeRamus, Joe Horn, and Adrian Arrington.
After playing his college football at Itawamba Junior College, Horn was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Horn spent the first four years of his career, compiling 53 catches for 879 yards and seven touchdowns.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Horn signed with the Saints prior to the 2000 season and made an immediate impact, catching a career-high 94 passes for 1,340 yards and 8 touchdowns, while helping the Saints to their first playoff victory in franchise history.
Horn went on to garner four Pro Bowl honors, including the 2004 season, when he tied that career mark with 94 receptions, along with career highs in receiving yards (1,399), and touchdowns (11).
Following the 2006 season, Horn left the Saints, and signed with the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he played for one season, prior to retiring following the 2007 campaign.
In 7 seasons with the Saints, Horn totaled 523 receptions for 7,622 yards and 50 touchdowns, all numbers which rank third in franchise history.
In 12 NFL seasons, Horn finished with 603 catches for 8,744 yards and 58 touchdowns.