Best Saints By The Numbers: #98
All summer long, we’ve listed the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
Yesterday, we did #97.
The pick: Willie Whitehead
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #98, the choice is limited to linebackers Ron Warner and Parys Haralson, and defensive linemen Reggie Lewis, Milford Hodge, Jim Hanna, Willie Whitehead, Renaldo Wynn, and Sedrick Ellis.
Our choice is going to be Whitehead, a defensive lineman, who played for the Saints for 8 years, from 1999–2006.
After playing his college football at Auburn, Whitehead went unselected in the 1996 NFL Draft.
A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Whitehead spent three years in the Canadian Football League, before joining the Saints in 1999.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Whitehead was primarily a reserve in his first three seasons with the franchise, before becoming a starter at defensive tackle in 2002, when he compiled 24 tackles, including 3 sacks.
Whitehead went on to start for the Saints in three of the next for the next four years, including 2003, when he finished with a career-high 33 tackles, to go along with 5.5 sacks.
Whitehead retired following the 2006 season.
In 8 NFL seasons, all with the Saints, Whitehead appeared in 105 games, including 43 as a starter, compiling 154 tackles, 24.5 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries.