Best Saints By The Numbers: #92
All summer long, we’ve listed the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
Yesterday, we did #91.
The pick: James Haynes
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #92, the choice is limited to linebackers James Haynes and DeMond Winston, and defensive linemen Toddrick McIntosh, Darren Mickell, Ernest Jones, Troy Wilson, Martin Chase, Henry Ford, Tony Bryant, Orien Harris, John Jenkins, and Remi Ayodele.
Our selection, based on longevity, if nothing else, is going to be Haynes, a linebacker, who played for the Saints for 6 years, from 1984-1989.
A native of Tallulah, Louisiana, Haynes started five games over his first two seasons, totaling two sacks and a number of tackles on special teams.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Haynes became a full-time starter at right outside linebacker in 1986, and finished with 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.
A reserve from 1987-1989, Haynes was also a solid contributor on special teams, while playing for Jim Mora, his second head coach that he played for, following Bum Phillips, who coached the Saints through the 1985 campaign.
After being released by the Saints following the 1989 season, Haynes retired.
In 6 NFL seasons, all with the Saints, Haynes appeared in 61 games, including 23 as a starter, compiling 4 sacks and 5 fumble recoveries.