Jim Wilks, 1987 New Orleans Saints versus Cincinnati Bengals

Jim Wilks New Orleans Saints Defensive End - 1987
Jim Wilks

Jim Wilks Recovers Fumble Against Bengals

In 1987 the New Orleans Saints were on a roll. It would be the first ever winning season and playoff appearance in the team’s history.

Here is a picture of defensive lineman Jim Wilks as he hoists the football after a crucial fumble recovery against the Cincinatti Bengals. The turnover sealed a come-from-behind victory over the Bengals that saw New Orleans down 24-10 at halftime. It was the biggest come-from-behind deficit to date in New Orleans Saints History at the time and was the eighth of a nine game winning streak.

Jim Wilks joined the Saints in 1981 when Bum Phillips was just taking over as head coach. A 12th round draft pick from San Diego State Wilks would play 12 years for the Saints and is still number 8 on the All-Time New Orleans Saints Career Sack Leaders List with 45.5 sacks. He played both defensive end and nose-tackle during his 12-year NFL career while starting 183 games.

 

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