August 6, 2010

Saint great Rickey Jackson to NFL Hall of Fame

Saints owner Tom Benson will introduce the City Champ Saturday in Canton, to the NFL Hall of Fame.

LB Rickey Jackson, a six time Pro Bowler, started 91 consecutive games for the Saints between 1981 and 1987, on his way to a club-record 195 career games.  Jackson is also the club leader in sacks with 123.0.

He won a Super Bowl with the 49ers after leaving the Saints via free agency, starting for San Francisco in their Super Bowl XXIX victory over San Diego.  But Jackson will wear two Super Bowl rings, one from 1995 and one from this year, an honorary award from Benson on the flight to Canton.

Jackson was the most ferocious member of the Dome Patrol, four linebackers that dominated opposition for the Saints in the late 80s and early 90s.  Starting linebackers in the Saints' 3-4 defense, Vaughan Johnson, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Jackson were all named to the Pro Bowl in 1991, the first time in NFL history. 

Read Jackson's official bio here, and his Pro Football Hall of Fame bio here.

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