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.
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