Saints News | New Orleans Saints |

New Orleans Saints mourn the loss of Russell Gary

Safety appeared in 62 games for Saints


The New Orleans Saints mourn the loss of former safety Russell Gary, who passed away March 10. Gary was a second round draft pick (29th overall) by the Saints in 1981 out of Nebraska and appeared in 62 games for the Black and Gold from 1981-86, recording seven interceptions and three forced fumbles.

After recording a career-high two fumble recoveries and three sacks in a strike-shortened campaign in 1982, his second NFL season, Gary was selected as a UPI All-NFC selection in 1983, when he posted a career-best three interception returns for 70 yards. In 1984, he posted 189 tackles, 10 passes defensed and a fumble recovery. During this three-season period, the Saints finished ranked in the top five in total defense each year.

Gary finished his eight-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-87. After being recruited to Nebraska as a tailback, he moved to the secondary his sophomore season and as a senior was an Associated Press and UPI first-team All-Big Eight selection and an AP honorable mention All-American. Following retirement, the Minneapolis native worked for the city and also served as defensive backs coach at Concordia University, St. Paul since 2004.

Related Content