Saints Mt. Rushmore voting is open

AP

With more than 150,000 votes already cast for the NFC East Mt. Rushmore teams, the process now moves to the NFC South.

We’ll start with the Saints, whose four-man Mt. Rushmore will be unveiled on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.

The 12 finalists appear below.  Vote for four of them, and your vote will be respected.  But possibly ridiculed.

And if you want to vote on the Cowboys, Redskins, Giants, or Eagles, you still can.  Just click the link for each team.

And if you needed that explanation, welcome to the Internet.

99 responses to “Saints Mt. Rushmore voting is open

  1. I almost forgot what a crappy franchise the Aints have been.

    Archie Manning is the only no-brainer on that list.

    No Tom Benson or Tom Dempsey? For like 30 years the only cool thing about the Aints was Tom Dempsey’s 63 yard FG.

    thesteelers: I like the Paper Bag too.

  2. thesteelers says: Jun 1, 2013 12:40 PM

    Paper bag.
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    Paper bags are what Steelers fans will be breathing into as they suffer through another pathetic season. The over/under on games Ben plays in is around 7. Similar to the number of games they’ll win.

  3. Let’s see how many real Saints fans there are out there….

    Who was “Crazy George”?

    and like thefox61 says…

    Wow Tom Dempsy gets shunned

  4. Drew Brees and Willie Roaf are the 2 that everyone must agree on.

    After that, I say the most impressive Saints were the members of the Dome Patrol line-backing group. They were a beastly group. I can only choose 2 though, so probably Rickey Jackson and Pat Swilling.

    Those were my votes.

  5. thesteelers says: Jun 1, 2013 12:40 PM

    Paper bag.
    _______

    Steeler boy is right. Carved into the Saints Mt. Rushmore should be the bust of a long suffering “Aints” fan with his head covered by a brown paper bag (we called them Schwegmann bags, as that’s where most New Orleanians did their groceries back in the day).

    Until Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Drew Brees came along, there were the countless, miserable seasons of mediocrity with only flashes of playoff potential.

    But given the list, my votes go:

    Drew Brees
    Sean Payton
    Rickey Jackson
    Archie Manning

  6. How about the guy the Aints drafted #1 overall ahead of Lawrence Taylor…George Rogers.

  7. Sam mills, Archie manning, drew brees and Sean Payton for me. I wanted to put Jim “diddly poo” Mora and Joe “cell phone” horn on there also but brees and Payton were a big part of the superbowl.

  8. How about the refs from the NFC championship game against the Vikings. If it wasn’t for them the championship would have never happened.

  9. Any team that has a kicker or punter make their Mt. Rushmore ought to be embarrassed. I don’t care how good that kicker or punter was. It’s sort of embarrassing that one would even make the final vote.

    So all the folks that want to vote for “Paper Bag” but can’t have a reasonable alternative in voting for Morten Andersen.

  10. This is one sorry list. Just about every player wouldnt make another teams list if they played for them. Cant imagine what it would have been without the S.B.

  11. cheaters! yes, nailed it. (love 2009 vikings, paul allen and me) Shame on them for cheating the vikes out of their real sb win!

  12. Drew Brees
    William Roaf
    Rickey Jackson
    Sean Payton

    My first three were no-brainers as two are in the HOF and Brees is likely to go in as wJ. I awarded the final spot to Sean Payton both because of his postseason success and because of how the team fell off in his absence last season.

    IMO, there was also compelling case for Jim Mora – who brought the franchise to respectability- and Morten Andersen for his productivity.

  13. bdoubleoey says:
    Jun 1, 2013 1:20 PM
    How about the refs from the NFC championship game against the Vikings. If it wasn’t for them the championship would have never happened.
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    Yeah, Vikings “FIVE TURNOVERS” had absolutely nothing to do with it, right? It wouldn’t have even been close, Saints would have won by 14 if it wasn’t for the refs kept putting Brett back on the field with a new set of downs… BOO-YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  14. steeldominance says: Jun 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    Gregg Williams
    Drew Brees’ mole
    ——————–
    Do Steelers fans really not know a mole from a birthmark?

  15. Not only do Vikings fans continue to whine about the NFC Championship game, they continue to assume that a Vikings trip to the Super Bowl would have meant a Super Bowl win over Peyton Manning and the Colts. Exactly what is it about 0-4 in Super Bowls that makes you so certain of that?

  16. hscorpio says: Jun 1, 2013 1:36 PM

    Any team that has a kicker or punter make their Mt. Rushmore ought to be embarrassed. I don’t care how good that kicker or punter was. It’s sort of embarrassing that one would even make the final vote.
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    Morten Anderson will not make the final four, but he is a worthy finalist. Anderson is the all time greatest scorer in the history of two franchises including the Saints, and a member of the All Decade Team in TWO DECADES. I wonder if you will be so quick to dismiss kickers when Adam Viniteri, Ray Guy, and Jan Stenarud are finalists for their teams.

  17. Gotta go with the 3 Hall of Famers

    Brees, Rickey Jackson and Roaf… and if Sean Payton gets another ring for us he’ll be in the HoF discussion like Tom Coughlin is, and lets face it, without him, Brees wouldn’t be the HoF lock that he’s become. No one was shouting HoF in San Diego.

  18. musicman495 says:
    Jun 1, 2013 2:44 PM
    Not only do Vikings fans continue to whine about the NFC Championship game, they continue to assume that a Vikings trip to the Super Bowl would have meant a Super Bowl win over Peyton Manning and the Colts. Exactly what is it about 0-4 in Super Bowls that makes you so certain of that?

    Im a big Brett Favre fan but yeah I agree with this statement. Favre was way too injured by the end of the game to think he was gonna beat the colts. If it wasn’t for Sean peyton’s ballsy 3rd quarter onside kick the saints prob wouldn’t have won cause the colts played a good game up til the int at the end.

  19. Is there a rule against a player being on multiple “Mt. Rushmore’s?” Sam Mills deserves this one, but he’s also easily the cornerstone of the Panthers as well. It’s interesting to think of one man being not only on two, but two teams in the same division.

  20. Dome patrol and Sean Peyton. That about sums up the Saints past and presant. Although the years of having Mcallister on my fantasy and the team name’s like “duecing on you,” does make me partial.

  21. Saints Rushmore? Just put up the phrase Who Dat because everyone is in the number. As for you whining purple whimps from Minnesota. Please shut up!
    With FIVE turnovers even STILL all your 40 yr old QB had to do was run 5 STUPID yards in the 4th qtr to set up a game winning field goal….instead he throws your season away to #22. Pack of idiots.

  22. Brees & Payton are a LOCK there is no argument. You’d have to put the first Saint in the NFL Hall of Fame Rickey Jackson in there also. Last but not least or the smallest would have to be Sam Mills, may he rest in peace. WHO DAT

  23. Well.. those saints sucked for so many years. not anymore, so wake all you haters, saints are bringin it. Payton, Brees, macalister,loomis.

  24. One question, how does Kyle Turley not factor into the list? He was solid while he played there, he also has one of the most infamous moments in team history. Hell, the man still lives in, and reps, the area and team while doing his music.

  25. musicman495 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:50 PM

    … I wonder if you will be so quick to dismiss kickers when Adam Viniteri, Ray Guy, and Jan Stenarud are finalists for their teams.
    ================================

    It’s nothing personal against Morten Andersen. As a kicker, Andersen was one of the all-time best. That doesn’t make him a great player. Same goes for those other 3.

  26. christopher525 says:
    Jun 1, 2013 3:22 PM
    Is there a rule against a player being on multiple “Mt. Rushmore’s?” Sam Mills deserves this one, but he’s also easily the cornerstone of the Panthers as well. It’s interesting to think of one man being not only on two, but two teams in the same division.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    The same could be said about Morten Anderson, the NFL’s all time leading scorer.

  27. An honorable mention goes to Wayne Martin. There was a five year stretch where he was such a dominant interior defensive lineman.

    Another honorable mention is Vaughn Johnson. Excellent, hard-hitting ILB who is the most unsong of the Dome Patrol, but I always thought he was the best.

    Finally, Jim Finks deserves mention. When he was hired by Benson to run the Saints in 86, immediately, the entire franchise gained a level of credibility by leaps-and-bounds that it couldn’t touch previously. He hired a good, but not great coach in Mora and, after the first season, they didn’t have a losing season for seven straight seasons. Prior to his hire, the Saints never had a winning season in 20+ years.

  28. Where is Dalton Hillard? Until a knee injury the guy was a machine, at 5’9″, 205 lbs!

    Anyone dissing Morten is an idiot. The guy was incredible. 50 yarders were like 30s to other kickers. He even had a 60 that was a game winner. He was the best ever to play his position.

  29. Drew Brees
    Willie Roaf
    Rickey Jackson
    Sam Mills

    They’ve had a few good players over the years that could be borderline candidates: Archie Manning, George Rogers, Dalton Hilliard, Bobby Hebert, Morten Andersen, Pat Swilling, Eric Martin, Joe Horn, Stan Brock, Duece McAllister, etc. Unfortunately for Saints fans, that is about it.

  30. DEEEEEUUUUUUUCE. I understand that there are most likely other more deserving players, but Deuce is my favorite player (hence the 26) so I HAVE to show him some love.

  31. no debate on these four and are a lock!

    Drew Brees
    Sean Payton
    Willie Roaf
    Ricky Jackson

    Last 5 deserve 2nd Tier Votes

    Deuce
    rest of Dome Patrol…Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson, Pat Swilling

    Chuck Muncie was special and the most talented back Saints ever had in his 1st 5 years with Saints

  32. Wow I can’t believe I almost have to include a kicker (either Dempsey or Andersen) on a Mt Rushmore for a team.

    And contrary to nostalgia and popular opinion, Archie Manning was overrated and never really was very good. He was on par with guys like Steve Bartkowski and is certainly NOT Rushmore worthy, IMO.

  33. Sam Mills only played in Carolina for 2 years (from 95-97)..and they erected a statue of him in his honor. That says alot about how good of a player and a person he was.

    I would vote Mills, Brees, Payton.

    Darren Sharper gets honorable mention as the best 1-year player in franchise history. My god, that man was on fire for the Super Bowl year.

  34. Drew Brees
    Archie Manning
    Tom Dempsey
    Rickey Jackson

    I’d love to put Willie Roaf up here..
    But these were the 4 most significant faces of the franchise.

    Archie Manning wasn’t the greatest QB, but he was the persona, the only player people could recognize from the Saints. Tom Dempsey, that FG still is the benchmark to beat. Brees – easy SuperBowl win. Jackson, only Saints player in HoF.

  35. Dempsey may have kicked a few big kicks, but he doesn’t belong on the Saints Mt. Rushmore.

    Bobby Hebert was always fun to watch, but again no go.

    Archie Manning did not give his genes to any of his three boys, they must have received the good genetics from their Mother, because Archie was average at best. No go.

    Brees? Too soon. No go.

    Sam Mills? Yes.

    Morten Anderson? Definitely.

    Pat Swilling? Yes.

    Vaughn Johnson? Yes.

  36. O you Aint’s fans are so delusional. 2 key bad calls in the Vikings game are these.

    1. When Favre tossed an INT and was hit High and Low, which was illegal and not called, if it was called would have been no INT 15 yards and the Vikes with the ball inside the 20.

    2. The pass interference in OT that didnt happen when the Aints player fell backwards and the Vikes player 5 yards away was flaged for interference.

    So I think those are 2 key bad calls that changed the game. And to talk about the 5 TO’s, and you still needed a bad call in overtime to win. When will you Aints fans admit you were out played in that game.

    And in a way I am glad we didn’t win cause like the one guy mentioned Favre would not have played or been a shadow of himself. Its just sad you Aint’s fans can’t admit you stole that one.

  37. Having the ball inside the 20 would’ve probably meant another turnover. Didn’t Berrian fumble inside the 20?

  38. Drew Brees, Sam Mills,Ricky Jackson, Sean Payton, and Eric Martin by far. This would be our Mount Rush

  39. Eric Martin has to be on it for sure. And another thing, too soon for Brees, hello, he brought us our only championship along with Sean Payton, they got to be on it!

  40. Jack Dempsy and Morton Anderson, it’s just too many. Dalton Hilliard, Ruben Mays, Dave Waymer, Bobby Hebert, Vaughn Johnson, Pat Swilling, wow, all great players and worthy.

  41. IF you know anything about Saints Football and claim to be a Saints Fan, there is no way Archie Manning is not on this list…

    Loved Morten and Joey Horn, but they left to play for the Falcons – Disqualified; even Falcons fans could appreciate this…

    Jim Mora refused to win, played not to lose, didn’t trust his players – amazed even with all the talent Jim Finks, who should’ve gotten consideration, had accrued – Mora is latin for moron…

    Surprised Marques Colston, the ultimate team guy, AllPro Level Producer, Clutch Receiver – didn’t get any love…

    Colston and Finks should’ve made the list, not there compromises the list credibility…

  42. It is hilarious reading these Vike fans rag on the officials from the nfccg four years later. I don’t think a ref added that 12th man to the huddle to take them out of fg range or throw a terrible pass across their body for an easy pick. Go back to your shanties.

  43. Morten Andersen
    Willie Roaf
    Rickey Jackson
    Drew Brees

    I’m sick of hearing the whole Archie Manning thing. Nothing against him personally and i love the way he has protected his boys from the bureaucracy of the league and seems like a upstanding gentleman, but his numbers weren’t close to being the best at his position in that franchise.

  44. Hey Steelers commenter. I would rather have a paper bag than a rapist as my mt. rushmore. To bad those paper bags have been long gone. From what it seems it seems the steelers could use some paper bags more than the saints.

  45. No soar loser here. Im a Saints fan. Just making excuses for the Vikings crying.

  46. The Vikings didn’t hand us anything on a platter. We took advantage of their numerous mistakes and won that game ourselves.

  47. To All misreablely depressed Vikings fans get over it!! Its been four years already!! Besides yall lost four other superbowls already what makes you think that outcome would be any different!! Stop crying to the league to give you our rings go earn it for change y’all didn’t even play in the super bowl that year!!

  48. Archie Manning- Sadly, the best QB they had until Brees.

    Drew Brees- Their best QB.

    Joe Horn- Their best WR.

    Paper Bag- The Saints are known for the Paper Bag more than any single emblem. It’s a big part of their history and culture.

    Katrina- Worst thing that ever happened to that city, but that also galvanized that team. That was the beginning of a miracle season where they won the Super Bowl and it made many people Saints fans (at least for that year.)

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