#50 Jake Kuppappeared in 106 games for the Saints with 44 starts at guard and one Pro Bowl during his nine years with the team. Kupp was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1964 NFL Draft taken in the ninth round (116th overall) out of Washington. In 13 years in the NFL Kupp appeared in 154 games and started 68 for the Cowboys, Saints, Falcons and Redskins. After his playing career Kupp worked at the Pacific Institute which is a motivational company and it really helped his transition from football. Kupp went on to become a manager of a food distribution company and eventually became a president of a national company. Kupp retired in Washington in 2002 and currently teaches migrant workers and children English and literacy. He is 75.
#12 Tom McNeill appeared in 26 games as a punter with the Saints. McNeill signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stephen F. Austin. Originally a basketball player, he joined the football team when it needed a punter. In his seven-year career in the NFL he appeared in 66 games with the Saints, Vikings and Eagles. McNeill still holds the Saints record for the longest punt with an 81-yard punt in 1969. After his NFL career he was a sales person for Kim Iron works in Houston for 25 years. The piping company supplied utility companies as well as submarines for the Navy. McNeill is retired in Houston and is 73.
#77 Ray Rissmiller appeared in 11 games with 11 starts for the Saints in 1967. Rissmiller was originally drafted by the Eagles in the 1965 NFL Draft in the second round (20th overall) out of Georgia. In his three-year NFL career he appeared in 16 games with 11 starts for the Eagles, Saints and Bills. After the NFL Rissmiller worked for a 7Up and RC plant in Metairie and he stayed in soft drinks for 40 years with Pepsi and Coked and eventually retired in Goose Creek, S.C. He is 73 years old.
#27 Walt Roberts came to New Orleans in the expansion draft from the Cleveland Browns, winning a World Championship with Jim Brown in 1964. In 1967, he played in 13 games, catching 17 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns, and adding 11 punt returns for 50 yards and 28 kickoffs for 737 yards and one touchdown. In the Saints' first win of the season and first in club history, a 31-24 victory against Philadelphia, Roberts scored two touchdowns, one receiving and one off of a punt return. New Orleans traded Roberts in 1968 to the Detroit Lions, where he would never play a down. After sitting out the 1968 season, Roberts played for the Washington Redskins for two seasons. Over a six-year career, Roberts played in 83 games while making 12 starts, returning 72 punts for 446 yards and 107 kickoffs for 2,728 yards and one touchdown. Upon retirement, he did some work for Jim Brown's Negro Industrial Economic Union in Los Angeles. After relocating to San Jose, he worked as an electrical contractor until his retirement in 2001. Roberts is 74.
#44 George Rose was acquired by New Orleans through the expansion draft from the Minnesota Vikings, where he had played from 1964-66. In 1967, which would be his lone season in New Orleans, the defensive back appeared in 13 games, recording one interception. In four professional seasons, Rose played in 47 games, picking off nine passes for 86 return yards and one interception. After retiring from the NFL, he returned to coach defensive backs at his alma mater, Auburn. Rose is 74 and resides in Auburn, Ala.
#76 Dave Rowe appeared in 56 games and started 28 for the Saints at defensive tackle during his four-year tenure with the Saints. Rowe was drafted by the Saints in the 1967 NFL Draft in the 2nd round (53rdoverall) out of Penn State. In his 14-year career Rowe appeared in 165 games starting 116 for the Saints, Raiders, Patriots, Chargers and Colts. After his NFL career Rowe started a broadcasting career with NBC as a color analyst for NFL games. He also worked for Raycom Sports before retiring in 2009. Rowe resides in Boone, N.C., and is 70.
#73 Bill Sandeman appeared in two games at tackle in the 1967 Saints season. The Pacific graduate originally signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1966 as an undrafted free agent. Sandeman was taken by the Saints in the 1967 expansion draft. In the 1967 season he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons playing his final seven seasons with the team. He started 42 of 84 games in his career at tackle for the Cowboys, Saints and Falcons. After his playing career he started Sandeman Construction. Currently Sandeman resides in Homewood, Calif., and is 73.
#60 Brian Schweda appeared in 24 games at defensive end for the Saints during his two years. Schweda was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the eighth round (101st overall) out of Kansas. Schweda was taken in the 1967 expansion draft by the Saints. In his three-year career he appeared in 38 career games with the Bears and Saints. After his playing days Schweda owned a junk yard from 2003-2015 and currently works and trains horses in Louisiana. He currently resides in Gretna and is 73.
#31 Jim Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976, Taylor appeared in 14 games with the Saints in 1967 at running back. Taylor was originally drafted by the Packers in the 1958 NFL Draft in the second round (15th overall) out of LSU, the 1958 National Champions. In his 10-year NFL career he appeared in 132 games, rushing for 8,597 yards (4.4 average) and 83 touchdowns and caught 225 passes for 1,756 and 10 touchdowns. Taylor was a five-time Pro Bowler and was a one-time All-Pro for the Packers. After his playing career he went in the construction business with a partner in Baton Rouge. Taylor is retired and is active in the NFL community. He lives in Baton Rouge and is 80.
#74 Mike Tilleman came to the Saints through the expansion draft from the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent his rookie season in 1966. He appeared in all 14 games of the 1967 season and would go on to play in all 56 games over his four seasons with New Orleans. After leaving the Saints, Tilleman would spend two seasons with the Houston Oilers and four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Since leaving the NFL in 1977, Tilleman has been in the auto industry, operating out of his home state of Montana. He is 71 and lives in Haber.
#38 Phil Vandersea was acquired by New Orleans through the expansion draft from Green Bay, where he had just won a championship as part of the Packers Super Bowl I team. Vandersea played in 8-of-14 games and was traded back to Green Bay for the 1968 season. Over his career, he appeared in 46 games. After leaving the Packers in 1972, he went to Canada to play football for a year. After returning to his hometown in Massachusetts, he worked a couple of different jobs before getting into state corrections, where he worked in the state prison system for 20 years. After that, he ran a communities program for another 20 years. Vandersea, now 73, retired in 2004.
#20 George Youngblood came to the Saints after being released by the Cleveland Browns during the 1967 season. The defensive back played in just one game and returned the next season to play in four games, before being traded to the Chicago Bears in 1969. In four seasons from 1966-69, Youngblood played in 44 contests. After retiring at age 25, he went back to California, working in the transportation business before going back to school and becoming a chiropractor. Youngblood, 71, is a history teacher and resides in Orange County, Calif.
Tom Fears coached the Saints from 1967-1970 finishing with a 13-34-2 record. Following his stint with the Saints Fears served as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1971 and 1972. Fears was a star receiver with the Los Angeles Rams finishing his career in 1956 with 400 catches for 5,397 yards and 38 touchdowns. He was named first team All-Pro in 1950 when he had 84 catches for 1,116 yards and seven touchdowns. Before coaching the Saints Fears was an assistant under Vince Lombardi with the Packers and also coached for the Rans and Falcons. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fears died 2000.
George Dickson coached the Saints offensive backfield in 1967 and '68. He later coached with the Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers.
Bob Shaw coached receivers with the Saints in 1967 and '68, He later coached with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills. Shaw died in 2011.
Walt Yowarsky coached with the Saints offensive line in 1967 and '68, He also coached with the Atlanta Falcons, Houston oilers and San Diego Chargers before becoming an executive with the Dallas Cowboys. Yowarsky died in 2014.
Ed Khayat had a 10-year playing career with the Redskins, Eagles, and Boston Patriots. fter his playing days were over, he became *the first defensive line coach *for the inaugural 1967 Saints. The first four years of his 25 years as a coach in the NFL were spent with the Saints. He is retired and serves on the NFLPA Former Players Board of Directors. He is 81.
Jack Faulkner coached defense with the Saints in 1967, '68 and '69, Prior to joining the Saints he had been head coach of the Denver Broncos. He also coached with the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams before moving into a front office position. He died in 2008.
J.D. Roberts coached linebackers with the Saints in 1967 and '68 and was the team's head coach from 1971-73, His first gamne as head coach was notable for Tom Dempsey making a then-record 63-yard field goal on the final play of a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions. He is 84.
John Mecom owned the Saints from 1966 until he sold the franchise to Tom Benson on March 12, 1985. He was 26 when he founded the team with a group of business partners. Mecom is retired and lives in Texas.