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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...

Rating former A&M center Erik McCoy's first season in the NFL

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By Jeff Tarpley | 247 Sports

First-round selections in the NFL Draft tend to collect most of the pre and spot draft observations whether it be a mock draft or performance ratings after the season. However, ESPN rated the performance of the league's second-round selections from the 2019 draft and noted that 20 of them became starters. One of them was former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy who was a walk-in starter at the position and was given an "on his way" rating by the outlet's Mike Triplett.

Not only did McCoy fill a glaring need for the Saints after Pro Bowl center Max Unger retired last spring, but he was also widely praised as the top rookie center in the NFL last season. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder actually led the Saints with 1,058 snaps while starting all 17 games, including the playoffs. Pro Football Focus had McCoy graded as the fourth-best center in the NFL -- and the only one with both a pass-blocking and run-blocking grade above 75.0. And the Saints' offense didn't miss much of a beat, tying for third in the NFL in points per game (28.6) and fewest sacks allowed (25).

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How to watch MNF Classics: Steve Gleason 'nervous' to relive Saints' iconic 2006 game

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- Steve Gleason has seen replays of his punt block countless times.

The New Orleans Saints' legend can see it every time he goes to the Superdome, where a statue of the iconic play was erected outside on the concourse.

But Gleason said he has never gone back and watched the game -- that incredible, emotional experience when the Saints returned to the rebuilt Superdome for the first time after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and forced the team...
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Fleur-de-Links, September 25: Saints return to Superdome to take on Atlanta Falcons

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Following a victory over the Green Bay Packers, new head coach Sean Payton leads the Saints into week 3.

Historian Douglas Brinkley says that the Saints return to the Superdome is a chance “to show that while New Orleans is still hurting, it’s moving forward.”

If the Saints can make a big play early on, the Saints could emerge victorious over the Falcons tonight.

The Saints’ return to the Superdome is a symbolic rebirth for the city of New Orleans.

The Saints...
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Steve Gleason's blocked punt: See what Curtis Deloatch, Mike Tirico and others remember

  • News source: BY SHELDON MICKLES | Staff writer
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Wide-eyed rookie Roman Harper was soaking in the opening minutes of his first “Monday Night Football” experience Sept. 25, 2006, when he watched one of the signature moments in New Orleans Saints history unfold.

After helping the defense force a three-and-out on the Atlanta Falcons’ first possession, Harper, the Saints’ starting strong safety, wasn’t on the field when the Falcons’ Michael Koenen dropped back to punt.

But Harper was standing on the sideline, close...
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Walker: Tom Dempsey stayed in NFL record books for 43 years, but remains in Saints lore forever

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Pigs didn't fly that day.

Neither did hell freeze over on that second Sunday of November in 1970 when Tom Dempsey's 63-yard field goal sailed through the uprights at Tulane Stadium.

Those metaphorical miracles didn't happen until 40 years later when Garrett Hartley nailed the game-winning field goal to send the Saints to the Super Bowl.

Dempsey's game-winning kick four decades before that didn't have those type of franchise-defining implications, although you...
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Rebirth, revisited: 9 people share their stories about where they were for Domecoming

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Thirteen years later, some will be transported back into the epicenter of that unmistakably singular noise. Others may be reminded of a different landmark in their life’s timeline, be it early love or the memory of their eyes being vigilant in the predawn darkness of someplace dangerous and foreign.

Whether they were there or not, the memories people associate with that key time and place — September 25, 2006, prime time in the Superdome — will come flooding back...
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Brasted: Steve Gleason, Saints-Falcons 'Rebirth' game is a reminder we'll find another new normal

  • News source: BY CHELSEA BRASTED | Guest columnist
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I don’t even remember the first time I saw The Blocked Punt.

It was 2006, well after Katrina had come through, though in many ways we’re still here, waiting on it to leave. Most of my memories in those months afterward are a blur, a confusion of things. Looking back, it’s hard to know what’s real sometimes. That whole period was filled with firsts, moments suffused with something extra because each one meant we were clawing our way back to something that felt like...
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Saints Hall of Fame teammates remember Tom Dempsey

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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It is sobering to consider that many of the teammates Tom Dempsey had in New Orleans are no longer with us.

Fortunately, there are still some alive and well who befriended Dempsey and are saddened about his passing away late Saturday night but were willing to share their stories about Dempsey.

Danny Abramowicz, who played for the Saints from 1967-73 and was with Dempsey in 1969 and 1970 in New Orleans and was an inaugural inductee into the Saints Hall of Fame in...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 punters in franchise history

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Field position plays a huge role in football at any level.

Having a punter who can flip the field with a long punt is a huge asset to have.

Having a punter who gets significant hang time is very important.

Having a punter who can handle snaps adeptly and get punts off quickly is a necessity.

The New Orleans Saints have been blessed with good punters over a significant period of time.

Here are my Top 5 punters in New Orleans Saints history:

Thomas Morstead was a...
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Tom Dempsey was ‘good, good, good, incredible’

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Tom Dempsey lived a quality life.

The quality of life had long since disappeared from the existence of Tom on this earth.

He was robbed of his memory, of his health, of his speech.

The quality of love expressed by his wonderful family never disappeared.

They were always there for their husband, father and grandfather.

Most recently, I detailed Tom’s story and how he arrived at this place in time. He stared adversity in the face from birth and overcame it with...
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Flashback: Dempsey remembers record kick on anniversary

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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Editor’s Note: CCS’ Lenny Vangilder penned this column for FoxSportsSouthwest.com on the 40th anniversary of Tom Dempsey’s record 63-yard field goal on Nov. 8, 2010. Dempsey died Saturday from complications of coronavirus at the age of 73.

METAIRIE, La. – Forty years ago Monday, my mother was sick. It was just a 24-hour bug as I recall, but she was definitely sick on Nov. 8, 1970.

Any New Orleans native who’s at least that old can likely tell you where they were on...
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Gayle Benson on Tom Dempsey's death: 'He holds a special place' in hearts of Saints family

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Iconic former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday night after a recent bout with coronavirus.

Dempsey is responsible for one of the greatest moments in franchise history — a 63-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 in a 1970 game at Tulane Stadium. Dempsey's kick came from seven yards further out than the previous longest field goal kick in NFL history, and Dempsey held that record until 2013.

Sunday morning, Saints owner...
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Ex-Saints kicker Dempsey dies from coronavirus

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey, who famously made a 63-yard field goal in 1970 despite being born without toes on his right kicking foot, has died due to complications of the coronavirus, his family told NOLA.com. He was 73.

Dempsey had been battling Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He was a resident at the Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans, which has been hit hard by the virus. More than 50 residents have been affected, according to...
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Al Dupuy’s NFL Draft mock first round 2.0

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Joe Burrow​
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Chase Young*​
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Isiah Simmons*​
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Auburn​
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Alabama​
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Justin Herbert​
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Oregon​
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7. Panthers​
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Jeff Okudah*​
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CB​
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Ohio St.​
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8. Cardinals​
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Tristan Wirfs*​
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OT​
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Iowa​
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9. Jaguars​
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Mekhi Becton*​
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OT​
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Louisville​
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10. Browns​
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Andrew Thomas*​
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Georgia​
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11. Jets​
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Jerry Jeudy*​
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WR​
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Alabama​
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12. Raiders​
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Cee Dee Lamb*​
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WR​
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Oklahoma​
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13. 49ers (via Colts)​
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Javon Kinlaw​
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DT​
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South Carolina​
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14. Buccaneers​
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Jedrick Wills*​
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OT​
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Alabama​
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15. Broncos​
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Henry Ruggs III*​
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WR​
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Alabama​
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16. Falcons​
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K’Lavon Chaisson*​
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EDGE​
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LSU​
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17. Cowboys​
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Grant Delpit*​
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S​
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LSU​
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18. Dolphins (via Steelers)​
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Austin Jackson​
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USC​
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Kenneth Murray*​
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Oklahoma​
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A. J. Epenesa*​
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Iowa​
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21. Eagles​
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Tee Higgins*​
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Clemson​
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22. Bills (via Vikings)​
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Xavier McKinney*​
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S​
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Alabama​
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23. Patriots​
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Jordan Love​
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Utah St.​
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24. Saints​
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Justin Jefferson*​
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LSU​
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25. Vikings​
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Laviska Shenault*​
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Colorado​
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26. Dolphins (via Texans)​
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Patrick Queen*​
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LSU​
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27. Seahawks​
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Yetur Gross-Matos*​
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DE​
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Penn St.​
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28. Ravens​
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C. J. Henderson​
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CB​
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Florida​
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29. Titans​
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Kristian Fulton​
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CB​
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LSU​
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30. Packers​
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Danzel Mims​
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Baylor​
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31. 49ers​
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Brandon Alyuk​
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Arizona St.​
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32. Chiefs​
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D’Andre Smith*​
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RB​
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Georgia​
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Coronavirus takes life of Saints legend Tom Dempsey

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We take a break from our regularly-scheduled 2006 Dome-coming coverage with a reminder that, no matter our best efforts to try to district from the world going on around us, there is still a global pandemic that is destroying lives.

Late last night, news broke that New Orleans Saints legend Tom Dempsey passed away after contracting coronavirus at age 73.

This is mere days after telling the world via a recorded video that he had seemingly recovered from his battle...
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