Don McCall carries against the Cleveland Browns in 1968

Saints runner Don McCall carries against the Browns in 1968.
Jim Kanicki (#69) & Don McCall (#36)

  The New Orleans Saints started year #2 in 1968 and managed 4 wins and 1 tie. This picture is not from any of those games.

 Instead this photo is from the November 10 game against the Cleveland Browns. Big performances from quarterback Bill Nelson, receiver Paul Warfield and running back Leroy Kelly turned into a 35-17 beatdown for New Orleans. Saints QBs Karl Sweetan and Ronnie Lee South had a rough going throwing 3 interceptions and getting sacked 5 times.

 Above, we see Don McCall in his second season as a New Orleans Saint. Hailing from USC he was a 5th-round pick the year before and would finish the 1968 NFL season as the Saints leading ground gainer with 637 yards. The Browns defender seen is #69, veteran Jim Kanicki who played a total of 9 years in the NFL.

 As was mentioned already, the Saints ended 1968 with 4 wins and a tie to finish 3rd place in the NFL Century Division. That was a full 2 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers back then. The Browns, on the other hand ended up with the Century Division Title and advanced all the way to NFL Championship to face Earl Morrall and the Baltimore Colts. 


I've been following the Saints since a kid in the 70s watching the likes of Archie Manning and Tommy Myers.
We may not have as grandiose a history as some NFL teams, but there are scores of memories the New Orleans Saints have given to their fans and I have done my best to record them here at New Orleans Saints History.

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