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By the Numbers: Sammy Knight

Posted May 17, 2011

Stats and notes on the 2011 Saints Hall of Fame Inductee

BY THE NUMBERS: Sammy Knight

1- Knight is ranked first in franchise history with four interception returns for touchdowns.
2 – Knight’s 464 return yards on 28 interceptions is ranked second in club history behind S Tommy Myers (621, 1972-81).
3- Knight’s  28 interceptions with New Orleans ranks third in Saints history for picks behind only Dave Waymer (37, 1980-89) and Myers (36, 1972-81).
4- Knight had at least 100 tackles in four of his six seasons in New Orleans, including a career-high 127 in his final season with the Saints in 2002.
5- Knight is the only player in Saints history to have at least five interceptions in five seasons (1997-98, 2000-02
6- Knight also had six picks apiece in 1998 and 200.
11- Knight finished second in the NFL among defenders in total takeaways in 2001 with 11, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries, just behind Tampa Bay CB Ronde Barber (12).  In his top moment of the season, Knight ruined the NFL coaching debut of current Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, when he tied a club record with three picks at Buffalo on September 9, 2001. Knight was selected as a starter to the Pro Bowl that season.
22- Knight’s career-high for tackles in a game came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 23, 2001.
29 – The number Knight wore as a member of the Saints. Knight is the first Saints-Hall-of-Famer to wear the jersey.
94- Knight played in 94 games as a Saint, only missing two games. He started 89 of these contests, stepping into the starting lineup as an undrafted rookie free agent four games into the 1997 season.
127- Knight’s career-high tackle total in his final season in black and gold in 2002.
2000 – Knight recorded two interceptions in the club’s first playoff victory in franchise history to spark the Saints to a 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 30, 2000.

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