Bruce Clark Fumble Reovery | Saints and Bucs – 1986

Bruce Clark fumble recovery 1986 New Orleans Saints
Bruce Clark fumble recovery 1986 New Orleans Saints
Defensive End Bruce Clark gets a big fumble recovery against Tampa in 1986

Saints Defensive Lineman Bruce Clark Against Tampa Bay

Thanks to the efforts of new General Manager Jim Finks and new Head Coach Jim Mora the New Orleans Saints were going to be a vastly different team in the mid-1980s from what the NFL had been accustomed to in years past. The defense especially was beginning to come into it’s own. And while they still weren’t the calibre they would be in a few seasons, they were beginning to gain a reputation as a swarming, hard-hitting group even then.

Above we see defensive end Bruce Clark in the 1986 game against Tampa Bay after a fumble recovery. Saints Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson has just put the hit on the Bucs quarterback knocking the ball loose as Clark scoops it up. The Saints completely dominated both sides of the ball trouncing the Buccaneers 38-7. The offense ran for 4 scores and passed for another while racking up 450 yards of total offense. The defense held the Bucs in check with 5 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.

Bruce Clark has always been one of the Saints most under-rated players of all time. He joined the Saints in 1982. Though originally, after an outstanding college career at Penn State, he was picked by Green Bay as their 1st-round pick in 1980 draft. But instead of playing for the Packers, he opted instead to go the Canadian Football League where he played 2 seasons for the Toronto Argonauts. When Clark returned to the NFL in 1982 New Orleans gave up a 1st round pick in the 1983 draft to get him. He would remain with the Saints until 1988. He was named to the 1982 NFL All-Rookie Team as well as going to the Pro Bowl in 1984.

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Vince Buck – Saints Defensive Back 1990-1996

Vince Buck 52-yard punt return in 1991
Vince Buck 52-yard punt return in 1991
Vince Buck returns a punt 52-yards against Tampa Bay in 1991

Vince Buck with a 52-Yard Punt Return against Tampa

In 1991 the Saints were celebrating their 25th Anniversary season. But the special occasion was not the only thing the Saints were enjoying. 1991 was probably one of the best teams the Who Dat Nation had put together yet. Bobby Hebert and Steve Walsh split the quarterbacking duties and led an offense that, while not explosive, could challenge any any opposing defense the NFL had to offer. The strength of the team was, without a doubt, the opposite side of the ball, led by the legendary linebacking corps of the Dome Patrol, was establishing itself as a truly elite group.

And while the line backers were doubtless at the forefront of the success team’s success, there were other players involved. Above we see veteran cornerback Vince Buck who, along with Safety Gene Atkins, led the team with 5 interceptions apiece. Buck also held punt return duties as we see above. Here he returns the longest punt of his career – 52 yards – against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a strong defensive performance, the Saints hammered out a 23-7 win over the Bucs.  6 sacks and 2 interceptions proved just 2 much for Tampa Bay to overcome. They could only manage 3 third-down conversions all day.

The victory would bring the Saints to a 7-0 record midway through the 1991 season. Jim Mora and his team would finish the season 11-5 and the NFC Western Division Champs.

Buck, who had been a 2nd-round pick out of Ohio Central State in 1990, stayed with the Saints until 1995.


Career Defensive Statistics

Year Age Pos Interceptions Yds TD Longest Fumbles
Recovered
Sacks Tackles
1990 22 PR 2 38
1991 23 LCB/PR 5 12 0 12 3 45
1992 24 lcb 2 51 1 34 0.5 349
1993 25 LCB 2 28 0 28 2 3.0 73
1994 26 FS 1 0 0 0 1 1.0 88
1995 27 FS 4 66
Career 10 91 1 34 12 4.5 344
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Dalton Hilliard, New Orleans Saints | An Image Gallery

Dalton Hilliard 1989

Dalton Hilliard, Runningback 1986-1993

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