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Tom Dempsey: Rare Stories on a Saints Legend from Mike Detillier

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By Mike Detillier | SI

Yesterday we found out that former New Orleans Saints place-kicker Tom Dempsey had passed away due to complications in contracting the Coronavirus.

Dempsey had been diagnosed with dementia in 2012 and later Alzheimer’s disease. Tom fought the good fight in life and never considered himself special in any manner and just wanted to be a regular guy.

We send out our prayers and condolences to his wife Carlene, along with his children Ashley, Meghan and Toby, and his many many friends.


In early 2011 Dempsey came to do a show at the Silver Slipper Casino in Mississippi with Bobby Hebert and me on WWL-Radio. You could see even then signs that I have seen in the past few years with my own Mother who has dementia in that he could remember something that happened 30 to 35 years ago like it was yesterday but had little short-term memory and he had a tendency to repeat himself. But he was thrilled so many folks came to take pictures with him and get his autograph.

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Saints Draft Prospect: WR Van Jefferson

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By Bob Rose | SI

When the New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders two weeks ago, they addressed a major weakness. The Saints have gotten little production from their wideouts outside the record-breaking exploits of All-Pro Michael Thomas. The acquisition of Sanders, along with other free agent moves the team has made, gives the Saints more flexibility with their first-round draft pick (24th overall) along with the rest of their selections.

New Orleans may still opt to use their first pick to further bolster the receiving corps, depending on their draft board and the talent available when they select. The wide receiver position is deep in this draft, however, and teams will be able to grab a quality wideout in later rounds. Today we profile a player who won’t hear his name called in the 1st round, but one that looks like he can be a difference-maker in the league.

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Tom Dempsey, Record-Setting Kicker, Dies at 73

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He was born without toes on his right foot, but spent 11 seasons in the N.F.L. and
kicked 159 field goals. He died of complications of the coronavirus.

By Richard Goldstein | NY Times

Tom Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot or fingers on his right hand but played for 11 N.F.L. seasons as a place-kicker and was remembered for his game-winning, 63-yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 8, 1970, a league record at the time, died on Saturday at an assisted living center in New Orleans. He was 73.

His wife, Carlene, said the cause was complications of the coronavirus, which he contracted on March 25 at the Lambeth House center, where he had been treated for dementia that was diagnosed in 2010.

At 6 feet 2 inches and 255 pounds, Dempsey relished running downfield to deliver hits to cover his kickoffs and had sustained several concussions, his family told The New York Times in 2013.

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Mike Detillier: The NFL’s changing look at college injuries

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

We all have to adjust to things in life.

We are going through some unprecedented times today due to the Coronavirus outbreak that has spread across our nation.

The virus spread has also affected the scouting of college players for the NFL draft later this month.

This has impacted all of our lives and it trickles into the NFL and how they deal with players in college entering the league who have had injuries or have had off the field issues.

I’m a big believer that the smart folks in the NFL figure it out and find a way to make the right decision on who to select, but these times have thrown the league into doing things differently when it comes down to player rehabilitation. It will have an impact on players with injuries and also the call on players who have had issues off the field.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a dislocated hip in the fall and he seems to be more than ahead of his rehab time with the hip injury, but his health status will raise more questions for teams picking early in the draft.

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Where do the Saints want to improve ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What will the New Orleans Saints do in the 2020 NFL Draft? Few teams have been less predictable in recent years, thanks to the team’s strategy to plug roster holes through free agency, allowing them to maximize the talent available in each rookie class. That’s not something Saints coach Sean Payton expects to change soon, owing to a solid haul of veteran free agents and a number of important re-signings up and down the depth chart.

“Well, look, we’re going to be smart with the draft relative to the grades and paying attention to our board,” Payton said, emphasizing the team’s plan to draft the best players available, rather than force a pick at a position of need.

The Saints no longer have a huge vacancy at wide receiver, having paired Emmanuel Sanders up with Michael Thomas. They’ve arguably upgraded the secondary by bringing back Malcolm Jenkins, extending their contract with Janoris Jenkins, and retaining critical depth with...

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A Saints 'rebirth' from all angles: Down Who Dat memory lane with Steve Gleason, Drew Brees, more

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Yes, it's a "Domecoming" on April 6 amid the coronavirus crisis, even if it's about 14 years since Steve Gleason blocked the punt a city will never forget.

With ESPN set to re-air the Saints' momentous return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from 2006 -- complete with the block that's now memorialized outside the stadium -- it's time for a walk down Who Dat memory lane.

Scroll below for a breakdown of some of the memories, stories, moments and more ahead of...
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Saints OL Will Clapp has fond Rebirth memories of football's return and a late bedtime

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Will Clapp was of the age that one of the main things that excited him about the New Orleans Saints’ first game back in the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina was the fact that his bedtime got pushed back a little later than usual.

His parents had tickets to the game. Clapp stayed at home and took pleasure in the fact that his younger brothers had to stick to their typical sleep schedule.

Clapp was 10 years old when he sat down to watch that Monday Night...
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New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons: Bold Predictions for 2006 Week 3

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!

So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 13 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: a return to the Dome for the first time since the...
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Cameron Jordan, Jahri Evans, Darren Sproles named to All-Decade Team

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Defensive end Cameron Jordan , right guard Jahri Evans and running back/returner Darren Sproles are the New Orleans Saints representatives on the NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade team for the 2010s that was announced Monday, April 6.

Sproles, who played with the Saints in 2011, ’12 and ’13, was selected as an offensive flex player and a punt returner. Sproles is the fourth individual ever to appear on an all-decade team at multiple positions, joining Mel...
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4 Saints, 2 LSU Tigers named to NFL's 2010s All-Decade team

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Four current or former New Orleans Saints and two former LSU Tigers were named to the NFL's 2010s All-Decade team, which was released Monday morning.

Those six players with ties to the state of Louisiana are: The Saints' Darren Sproles, Cameron Jordan, Jahri Evans and Adrian Peterson; and LSU's Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.

Former Saints running back Darren Sproles (2011-13) was voted to the team in two positions, at punt returner and flex — becoming the...
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Tom Brady, Aaron Donald among unanimous choices for 2010s All-Decade team

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee voted on which players would be named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2010s and the results of that vote were announced on Monday.

Eight players were unanimous choices, including Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Brady, who played the entire decade for the Patriots, was also a member of the All-Decade team for the 2000s. He’s joined as a repeat honoree by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Washington running...
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Former Saints K Garrett Hartley makes 63-yard field goal in honor of late Tom Dempsey

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The longest field goal former New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley made in a game wasn't the kick he's best known for.

It's not even close.

Hartley's famed Super Bowl-berth clinching kick from the 2009 NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings sailed for 40 yards. His longest boot came years later in 2013 during his last season in the black and gold — a 55-yarder against the New York Jets.

Hartley was with the Saints from 2008-13 and hasn't...
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Interview with the Enemy: Atlanta Falcons (2006 Week 3, Hate Week Edition)

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Set down your Motorola Razrs - we’re back again this year with our Interview with the Enemy series. This week, Evan Birchfield of The Falcoholic answers 5 quick questions before the Week 13 matchup on later tonight: the New Orleans Saints returning to the Dome for the first time in over a year.

The Atlanta Falcons are riding high at 2-0 as they get ready to travel to the Louisiana Super Dome. What are the expectations for the team this year?

Atlanta seems to have...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 kickers in franchise history

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The kicker plays such an important role on any NFL team.

The ability to kick off and kick touchbacks has always been important but that is the case now, more than ever.

The ability to make field goals inside of 40 yards has become close to automatic. Converting from 40 yards and out is very important. Hitting from outside of 50 yards is huge and has become commonplace.

The New Orleans Saints have been blessed with perhaps the greatest kicker in the history of the...
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Everything You Need To Watch Saints vs. Falcons 2006

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints finally come home to the Louisiana Superdome tomorrow night! This is easily the single most anticipated moment in the Saints’ 40-year history and we cant wait to be witness to this occasion. Get ready to revel in a night we will all certainly remember for the rest of our lives! Oh, and the Atlanta Falcons will be there too.

Here are your links to follow all of tomorrow night’s Saints Week 3 2006 action:

Game time:Monday, September 25th, 2006...
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Rookie Report: Week 3, Home Sweet Dome

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It’s rivalry week, boys and girls—and better yet, it’s Homecoming week.

It’s safe to say that the Saints are rearin’ and ready to go at the prospect of getting back into the dome. A long, hard road to get back to pseudo-normal, finally coming to an end. The exile is, at least for the Saints, over. We’ve got our Saints, back in New Orleans.

It’s safe to say that the season has started well, after stealing games at Cleveland and in one of the game’s toughest...
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CSC Podcast: Domecoming 2006 Rebirth; MNF Saints Falcons preview

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle previews ESPNs re-airing of the 2006 domecoming game for the New Orleans Saints. How to watch the game and how to follow all your locals writers covering the game. Rewind in history with us at SB Nation to enjoy a historic day in Saints and NFL history.
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Return to Superdome September 25, 2006: Falcons at Saints, complete roster and game day inactives

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The Saints 2006 final 53 roster for this game is QB Drew Brees and back up Jamie Martin.

The running backs are Jamaal Branch, Reggie Bush, FB Corey McIntyre, FB Mike Karney, Fred McAfee, Deuce McAllister, and Aaron Stecker.

Catching the ball, we have wide receivers Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Terrance Copper, Michael Lewis, Joe Horn, and Jamal Jones. Beer Man aka “Michael Lewis” is primarily a kick returner on special teams.

At tight end: Mark Campbell, Nate...
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Steve Gleason's 2006 blocked punt symbolized the 'rebirth' of the Saints, New Orleans

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Editor's note: This story originally ran on Sept. 26, 2016.

NEW ORLEANS -- "We didn't stand a chance," Jim L. Mora said, 10 years later, the smile coming across clearly through the phone line.

"The whole world was against us that night. And for some reason, at the end of the day, that seemed OK with me," Mora said, recalling the night when his Atlanta Falcons got swallowed up in the emotional eruption while the Superdome came back to life after Hurricane Katrina...
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