Google+

Billy Kilmer 1967-1970


Billy Kilmer of the New Orleans Saints

Originally drafted by San Francisco in 1961 as a tailback, Kilmer’s career looked promising rushing for 10 Td’s in his rookie year and alternating in and out at quarterback. Then at the end of the 1962 season, he was involved in a near fatal car accident where doctors seriously considered amputating his injured leg. He missed the ’64 season and was never more than a back-up when the Saints took him in the expansion draft in 1967. Even then he was expected to be only a backup to starters Gary Wood and Gary Cuozzo. By 1968 though, Kilmer, the fiery, hardnosed leader of the early Saints, emerged as the undisputed starter. His on-field exploits (as well as his off-field) remain legend. His 6 td passes against St. Louis in 1969 are still a team record.
Even after leaving New Orleans in 1971, Kilmer proved his best days were still ahead. In 8 seasons at Washington, 5 were playoff appearances-including a Super Bowl in 1972.

Passing

Year Attempts Completions % Yards Avg TDs Int
1967 204 97 47.5% 1341 6.6 6 11
1968 315 167 53% 2060 6.5 15 17
1969 360 193 53.6% 2532 7.0 20 17
1970 237 135 56.9% 1557 6.6 6 17
Totals 1116 592 53.0% 7490 6.7 47 62

Rushing

Year Attempts Yards Average TDs
1967 20 142 7.1 1
1968 21 97 4.6 2
1969 11 18 1.6 0
1970 12 42 3.5 0
Totals 64 299 4.6 3

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Saints Tickets!