Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Sam Mills to be posthumously inducted into the Ring of Honor
By Bob Garcia
The Saints announced that Mills will be enshrined in the Ring of Honor on December 2
Thursday, December 2, will undoubtedly be a special day for New Orleans Saints fans. During halftime of the game against the Dallas Cowboys that day, former linebacker Sam Mills will be posthumously inducted into the club’s Ring of Honor.
Mills joined the Saints in 1986, after beginning his professional football career in the USFL with the Philadelphia Stars (1983-85). With the arrival of this news, it means he will forever be remembered, alongside owner Tom Benson, K Morten Andersen, LB Rickey Jackson, QB Archie Manning, T William Roaf and DE Will Smith in the Ring of Honor, which was established eight years ago.
Sadly, Mill was battling cancer for several years and his fight was lost in 2005. The former Montclair State (NJ) standout spent nine seasons (1986-94) with New Orleans, a time when he was one of the most relevant and dominant defensive backs in the NFL. In addition, he was part of one of the best linebacker corps in NFL history, affectionately nicknamed “The Dome Patrol,” with Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling and Vaughan Johnson.
During his tenure with the Black & Gold, Mills played 133 games, with 125 starts and recorded 934 tackles (723 solo), ranking second in club history behind Rickey Jackson. He also had 10.5 catches, four interception returns for a total of 34 yards, 27 passes defended, 15 forced fumbles and 17 fumble recoveries, two for a touchdown. There is no doubt that the former player had enough accomplishments to be considered for the Ring of Honor.