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Doug Atkins Saints Defensive Lineman in 1967

At 6 foot 8 inches, Doug Atkins was a monster. He enjoyed a legendary NFL career. A first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1953 out of Tennessee, Doug Atkins played 2 seasons with the Browns before joining the Chicago Bears and playing there for 11 seasons.and being named to 8 Pro Bowls.

When he joined the Saints in 1967, he was 37 years old and many thought finished.
Not so. His last 3 years in the NFL were nothing but production making the Pro Bowl in 1968. He retired in 1969.


Doug Atkins was honored on the NFL Network as the #9 best Pass Rusher of All Time.

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