NEW ORLEANS - The quarterback who led the Saints to their first-ever playoff win and one of the most consistent kickers in NFL history were named Tuesday to the Saints Hall of Fame.
Brooks and Carney will be formally inducted in the fall.
"It's very humbling," said Brooks. "It's quite an honor to be inducted and to be part of Saints history."
Brooks became the Saints’ starting quarterback in November 2000, and six weeks later, he led the team to its first-ever playoff victory, a 31-28 triumph over the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the Superdome. The former University of Virginia standout would remain behind center in New Orleans for the next five seasons, starting a total of 82 regular-season games for the Black and Gold.
Brooks ended his Saints career by completing 56.4 percent of his passes for 19,156 yards, 120 touchdowns and 84 interceptions. His touchdown total ranks second and his yardage total third in Saints history. Brooks’ best season statistically was in 2003, when he completed a career-best 59.1 percent of his pass attempts and he had an NFL-low interception rate of 1.5 percent.
He was the quarterback when the Saints defeated the St. Louis Rams in the playoffs. The team was knocked out of the postseason the following week.
John Carney kicked for the team from 2001-2006 and hit on just shy of 82 percent of his kicks. Carney also returned to the team in 2009 and 2010 when kicker Garrett Hartley was injured.
Carney said he hadn't even thought about receiving the honor and he was surprised when he got the call.
"I've had numerous people that helped me out along the way," he said of his career. Carney remembered that when he first came to the organization he was at training camp in Thibodaux and owner Tom Benson came out to the field and said hello and thanked him for joining the team and told him the club was happy to have him.
"That never happened to me anywhere else," he said.