In honor of the great Willie Roaf being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, I take a look at the numbers throughout New Orleans Saints history that, along with Roaf's, should be retired by the team and never worn again.
I added the "never worn again" disclaimer because the Saints, technically, have four numbers "retired," but stile dole them out whenever. Those are numbers 51, 57, 81 and 31.
Those numbers belonged to the late, great Sam Mills, Rickey Jackson and two Hall of Fame players who finished up their careers in New Orleans and never really did much here, Doug Atkins and Jim Taylor. Those players' numbers are "officially" retired more as a career achievement award, like the Miami Heat retiring Michael Jordan's number.
Funny thing is, the only number that has never been worn by another player is Archie Manning's number eight. And that one isn't even officially retired.
The Saints did right by retiring numbers 51 and 57, and keeping eight off the shelves, but no one in a Saints uniform should be wearing numbers made famous by Mills and Jackson. (Sorry David Hawthorne and Jonathan Vilma.)
Along with those three, these are the numbers that should never be worn again by Saints players again.