<span style="">The New Orleans Saints have added former defensive tackle <span style="">La'Roi Glover</span> to the team's Hall of Honor inside the club's training facility. The inclusion of a five-foot tall photo of Glover joins a gallery of other past Saints players, former executive Jim Finks and former coach Jim Mora on the walls of the hallway that current players use on the way to the locker room.
Glover, along with his mother (Dorothy) and his father, Lawrence, joined his wife, Spring, and childredn La'Roi Jr., Noemie and Sophia, were the special guests of the Benson family on Sunday morning and then were introduced to the team during the team's final practice of the week in preparation for Monday Night's game against the New England Patriots. Glover and his guests will be also be escorted into the area outside of the team's locker room that prominently displays five foot tall photos of the Hall of Honor recipients. On Monday evening during pregame ceremonies Glover will be introduced to the Saints' fans and recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Saints during his playing days with the Black-and-Gold.
"La'Roi was a player who made a tremendous impact on our club and was big part of the team that brought New Orleans its first ever playoff win," said Owner Tom Benson. "He was a favorite of the fans and he is well-deserving of this place among the best players in club history with photos in the hallway where our current players work each day."
"This is a very special honor," Glover said. 'its really amazing and very humbling and I think it is a great honor. To see your picture up there, along with the pictures of generations of great players that have come through here, well, it kind of puts me at a loss for words. It the end of the day, even though I played for another team (Dallas), I will look back and always remember myself as a New Orleans Saints. They picked me up on waivers and believed in me and put me on the filed and had faith in me. I tried to reward that faith by my play on the fiend."
When asked what he anticipates on Monday Night when he will be introduced to the Superdome crowd, Glover managed a large smile and began nodding. "It gives me goose bumps to think about," said Glover. "It's going loud, I know that. It's going to be a fantastic crowd and a chance for me to really thank all that fans for all the support they have given me over the years."
Saints Owner Tom Benson created the Hall of Honor in 2004 as way for the team to personally honor former players, staff and coaches. To date the Hall has twenty players, including Glover and one head coach (Jim Mora) and one general manager (Jim Finks).
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome La'Roi into our Hall of Honor where he can take his rightful place among other great players to have worn a Saints uniform over the years," Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis said. "The hard work and tremendous effort he put in as a Saint will live on as an example to our current and future players."
Glover joined the Saints after being claimed off waivers from Oakland just prior to the 1997 season and went on to be a dominating force in the middle of the defensive line for the next five seasons (1997-2001), amassing 50 sacks – sixth-best in franchise history – among his 318 tackles with 10 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
The San Diego State product was voted to two Pro Bowl appearances (2000, 2001) and was a two-time All-Pro selection as a Saint and earned four NFC Defensive Player of the Week awards along with being named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October 2000. His performance in 2000 helped push the Saints to a NFC West division title and the first postseason victory in team history, as he led the league with 17 sacks, the third consecutive season that he led the team in sacks.
The Saints Hall of Honor includes: WR Danny Abramowicz (1967-73), K Morten Andersen (1982-94), T Stan Brock (1980-92), G Jim Dombrowski (1986-96), LB Mark Fields (1995-2000), General Manager Jim Finks (1986-93), RB Hokie Gajan (1981-86), DT La'Roi Glover (1997-2001), QB Bobby Hebert (1985-89, 91-92), RB Dalton Hilliard (1986-93), LB Rickey Jackson (1981-93), LB Vaughan Johnson (1986-93), QB Archie Manning (1971-82), WR Eric Martin (1985-93), DE Wayne Martin (1989-99), LB Sam Mills (1986-94), DT Derland Moore (1973-85), Coach Jim Mora (1986-96), S Tommy Myers (1972-81), RB Chuck Muncie (1976-80), T William Roaf (1993-2001), RB George Rogers (1981-84), LB Pat Swilling (1986-92), DE Frank Warren (1981-89, 91-94).