METAIRIE, La. - The Saints announced their first 'Ring of Honor' class and probably to no one's surprise it includes two NFL Hall of Famers and the first real franchise player in team history.
The inaugural class of 2013 consists of quarterback Archie Manning, linebacker Rickey Jackson and offensive tackle Willie Roaf.
The New Orleans Saints Ring of Honor selection committee is comprised of team ownership, front office administrators, selected former Saints players and selected members of the media.
“We, as an organization, have given thoughtful consideration and devotion in an effort to properly honor the contributions of the many great people that have proudly represented the New Orleans Saints and the city of New Orleans,” said Saints Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. “We are excited to induct the deserving members of the Class of 2013 and allow our fans an opportunity to honor the efforts and contributions that these men have made to our franchise. It is fitting to honor three of the greatest players in our franchise’s rich history in Archie, Rickey and Willie.”
Throughout his career with the Saints (1971-’75, ’77-’82), Manning established virtually every passing record at the time and also represented the Saints in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1978. Manning concluded his 15-year career in 1985.
Jackson, inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010, was named to the Pro Bowl six times (1983-86, 1992-93) in his career, tied for the second-most by a Saint. He was an All-Pro selection six times (1984-87, 1992-93). After failing to post a winning season in the franchise’s first 18 seasons, Jackson’s Saints did not have a losing season in his final seven campaigns with the club from 1987-93, qualifying for the playoffs four times during this period.
Roaf was elected to 11 Pro Bowls during his 13-year NFL career, tying Cincinnati’s T Anthony Munoz (Class of 1998) and Baltimore’s T Jonathan Ogden for most selections by an offensive tackle. In 2012, Roaf was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.