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The 1969 New Orleans Saints NFL Season

The 1969 New Orleans Saints
Season Schedule

Regular Season
Sept 21 Redskins L 20-26
Sep 28 Cowboys L 17-21
Oct 5 Rams L 17-36
Oct 12 Browns L 17-27
Oct 19 Colts L 10-30
Oct 26 Eagles L 10-13
Nov 2 Cardinals W 51-42
Nov 9 Cowboys L 17-33
Nov 16 Giants W 25-24
Nov 23 49ers W 43-38
Nov 30 Eagles W 26-17
Dec 7 Falcons L 17-45
Dec 14 Redskins L 14-17
Dec 17 Steelers W 27-24
Danny Abramowicz - 1969 New Orleans Saints and NFL's leading receiver

Danny Abramowicz led the NFL with 73 catches

 

5 Wins 9 Loses
Coach Tom Fears
First Round Draft Pick: Traded to San Francisco…later picked John Shinners, OG, Xavier

The 1969 New Orleans Saints saw even more improvement from the previous seasons posting 5 wins. The running game got a boost as former Chicago Bear Andy Livingston joined the New Orleans Saints and racked up 761 yards on 181 carries. Tony Baker came off the taxi squad and added 642 more (on 134 carries). Danny Abramowicz set a Saints team record 73 catches (a record that stood in the Saints books until 1978, when Tony Galbreath broke it) and 1015 yards. Billy Kilmer ranked 8th in the league in passing. His stats were 360 attempts-193 completions-2532 yards-20 tds and 17 interceptions.

In one of sports big moments, in the victory against the St.Louis Cardinals, Kilmer and Cardinal quarterback Charley Johnson combined for a total of 12 touchdown passes. Kilmer hit 6 of them and had 345 yards passing.

With the season ending 27-24 victory over Pittsburgh, the New Orleans Saints actually set an NFL record for an Expansion teams total wins with a total combined record of 12-29-1 over a 3 season period. Danny Abramociwz had 8 catches in the game against Pittsburgh edging out Charley Taylor of the Redskins to give him the NFL reception lead.

Hall of Fame Defensive legend Doug Atkins retired after a 17 year career. Opposing quarterbacks could now breath a little easier. Saint players Tom Dempsey, Tony Baker, Andy Livingston, Jake Kupp and the entire New Orleans Saints Coaching staff.

Andy Livingston and Jake Kupp of the 1969 New Orleans Saints

All-Pros Andy Livingston and Jake Kupp


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