It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a video. So here is one I think you will really like.
If you’re weren’t around in the “Bag Head” days of Saints football it’s hard to convey the feelings New Orleans Saints fans had those frustrating seasons that were Saints football during the 1970s and 1980s. Victories were few and far between and quality players were even fewer. But one of those players the Who Dat Nation could count on was a quarterback from Drew Mississippi named Archie Manning.
Today most NFL fans recognize Archie as Peyton and Eli’s father. But at one time, many years ago, it was Archie running around tossing touchdowns – well mostly running and not as many touchdowns as his sons, but he was still exciting to watch.
A big thanks to PockyCandy for this Archie Manning Highlights Video. Early NFL footage is very hard to come by so, you know a lot of time and effort went into this. It starts with Manning’s first couple of seasons. The footage against the Rams and Dallas is from his rookie year of 1971 where he led the Saints to upset victories that season. The last few minutes are from the late 1970s and early 1980s when he made the Pro Bowl in 1978 and 1979. He was traded away by Head Coach Bum Phillips in 1982 to the Houston Oilers for a washed up offensive tackle named Leon Gray. He finished his NFL career in 1984 with the Minnesota Vikings.
Along with these Archie Manning highlights, old time Saints fans will recognize many familiar Saints players from seasons past.
From the beginning highlights, probably from 1971 and 1972:
#83 – Dave Parks
#41 – Bob Newland
#35 – Bob Gresham
#46 – Legendary Saints Receiver Danny Abramowicz
#28 – James Ford
#25 – Al Dodd
And the last few minutes of the video seem to come from 1978-1981, arguably the best of his career, when he made 2 Pro Bowls:
#85 – Henry Childs
#42 – Chuck Muncie
#34 – Tony Galbreath
#82 – Ike Harris
#84 – Rich Mauti
#89 – Wes Chandler (probably the best receiver Archie had at New Orleans)
#83 – Tinker Owens
#30 – Wayne Wilson
#19 – the versatile Guido Merkins