New Orleans Saints great Sam Mills a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame
By Bob Garcia
The former Saints standout is one of the 15 finalists for the exclusive group
Sam Mills, who made a name for himself as an outstanding linebacker with the New Orleans Saints, has posthumously made it to the shortlist of finalists for entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. His name was included among the 15 players to be selected, with the finalists to now be presented to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee when that group’s members meet virtually on January 19.
Mills played for the Saints for nine seasons, starting in 1986. He had an outstanding career with the team before his run ended in 1994, becoming one of the key members of the famous Dome Patrol. After departing the team, he went to play for the Carolina Panthers, where he spent two seasons continuing to excel. Mills passed away in 2005 after battling intestinal cancer, but will always be an integral part of the team. He was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, and was also a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year.
The Selection Committee will have to decide which of the finalists will be chosen for entry, with only five names allowed. Among the other candidates are Jared Allen, who played in the NFL from 2004-2015, Ronde Barber, 1997-2012, Tony Boselli, 1995-2002, LeRoy Butler, 1990-2001, Alan Faneca, 1998-2010, Torry Holt, 1999-2009, Calvin Johnson, 2007-2015, John Lynch, 1993-2007, Peyton Manning, 1998-2015, Clay Matthews, Jr., 1978-1996, Richard Seymour, 2001-2012, Zach Thomas, 1996-2008, Reggie Wayne, 2001-2014 and Charles Woodson, 1998-2015.