Five Saints players were selected to represent the franchise in January’s Pro Bowl, the annual all-star game held in Hawaii.
Quarterback Drew Brees, who received the second-most fan votes among players, reaches his seventh Pro Bowl in eight seasons with New Orleans.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan, meanwhile, reaches his first all-star game in his third season.
"It's a good honor, but I'd rather have a Super Bowl,” Jordan said Friday before the Pro Bowl announcement was made. “That's the ultimate goal, the ultimate team goal. To make it would be a pretty good thing -- I can't lie. It'd be a nice thing to say I popped into Hawaii. ... But the ideal situation is I’d rather be freezing in New York than being lei’d in Hawaii.”
Tight end Jimmy Graham, right guard Jahri Evans and left guard Ben Grubbs also were selected.
Fans, coaches and players each got votes counting one-third towards getting into the game.
Brees’ nomination ties him with Willie Roaf for most in franchise history and comes in a year in which he’s on pace to hit 5,000 yards passing for the fourth time ever. He has 35 touchdowns passes and 4,781 yards through 15 games.
For Graham, who earned his second berth, the reaction was much as Jordan’s.
"I just want to get into the playoffs,” said Graham, who earned the most fan votes for tight ends. “To me, it's not important. I just want to get into the playoffs."
Still, Graham got into the game by catching 81 passes for 1,144 yards and a club-best 15 touchdowns, second most in NFL history for a tight end.