Saints Sean Payton comments on All-50th team
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The New Orleans Saints announced a listing of the top 50 players in franchise history. The list was voted on by special committee of selectors, including the members of the New Orleans Saints Ring of Honor, Saints personnel executives, a blue-ribbon panel of media members and through online balloting.
The selection of the players that are on the team was on an individual merit-based platform, and not on a pre-determined specific number of players at each position.
“Look obviously, 50 years for players who are on that team, congratulations. That’s a big honor. I think one of the things people will enjoy about something like that is the discussion that follows with it and the debates and all that kind of things. But I wouldn’t be able to tell you every person on it,” said Sean Payton.
"It is a thrill and an honor to see the names of these terrific football players who reached the highest levels of success and were looked upon so favorably by the fans of the team, the media, and those that follow the game so closely," said Saints Owner Tom Benson. "Some of these selections were rather obvious, but others merited great discussion and debate and it became fascinating to watch the process of identifying the team play itself out. These are all deserving men and it's not a slight on the countless others who certainly fit very well into the conversations. We look forward to welcoming them back to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in December."
Here's a list of the top 50 players in New Orleans Saints history:
The members of the All-50th Season Team will be honored during the Saints vs. Detroit Lions game on December 4, 2016.