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New Orleans Saints statement on death of Jackie Burkett

Burkett was a member of 1967 Saints team, first in history

Photos from the Saints 1967 Team Reunion weekend presented by CJ Michel

Statement from the New Orleans Saints on the death of Jackie Burkett:

"The New Orleans Saints extend our sympathies to the family of Jackie Burkett, including his wife, Jackie. Jackie played a very visible role in our team's early history. First, he was a member of our inaugural 1967 team for which he attended the reunion game last November. He then returned to the club for the 1970 season and is fondly remembered as the snapper on Tom Dempsey's 63-yard field goal, an NFL record that stood for over 40 years. Those memories will always hold a special place both in our organization and with our fans."

Burkett, who wore No. 55 with the Saints, appeared in 28 games starting 10 at linebacker during his two Saints tenures. Burkett was originally drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1959 NFL Draft taken in the first round (12th overall) out of Auburn. In his 10-year NFL career he appeared in 121 games with 10 interceptions starting 20 for the Colts, Saints and Cowboys. After his NFL career he bought Café Banquet in the French Quarter. After that business adventure Burkett worked for a pipe company using his engineering degree from Auburn and went on to be the vice president for the engineering firm for 27 years. Burkett retired in 2008.

Saints honor a member of the inaugural 1967 team, linebacker Jackie Burkett who passed away on Sept. 1, 2017

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