COLLEGE: Itawamba CC
POSITION: Wide receiver
BORN: January 16, 1972 in Tupelo, Mississippi
JOINED SAINTS: 2000
YEARS WITH SAINTS: 2000–2006
Joe Horn's Career Background
Former Saint Joe Horn was selected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 2010 after spending seven seasons with the Black and Gold as a standout receiver.
Horn, 6'1, 208, originally caught the attention of NFL scouts as a player for the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League, where he spent the 1995 season recording 71 catches for 1,415 yards. During the 1996 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round (135th overall) and he would spend the next four seasons there totaling 53 receptions for 879 yards and seven touchdowns in 49 games with two starts.
It wasn't until Horn signed with the Saints in 2000 that he started to blossom as a wide receiver. During his first season in New Orleans, he started all 16 games he played in, recording 94 receptions for 1,340 yards and eight touchdowns, earning him his first bid to the Pro Bowl, which he would be selected to for three consecutive years and four times total during seven years with the Saints. Horn also ranked seventh in the NFL in receptions that season, as well as eighth in yards and ninth in touchdowns.
The 2000 season was only the beginning for Horn, as he went on to record 1000-yard receiving seasons four out of his seven years and set multiple single season franchise records for receiving yards (1,399) and receiving touchdowns (11 - later tied by WR Marques Colston), as well as the then career franchise record for receiving touchdowns (50 - later surpassed by WR Marques Colston). He also was the Saints' all-time leader in 100-yard receiving games with 27 until Marques Colston surpassed him with 28. His 1,399 receiving yards in 2004 ranked second in the NFL that year and was only six yards short of the receiving yardage leader. He finished his career in New Orleans playing in 102 games with 100 starts and recording 523 receptions for 7,622 yards and 50 touchdowns.
After moving on from the Saints following the 2006 season where he played a pivotal role in the team's first NFC Championship appearance, Horn played one year for the Falcons before retiring from football in 2010. His son, Jaycee, plays cornerback for the Carolina Panthers.
Joe Horn's College Career
Prior to his professional career, the Tupelo, Miss. native played two years for Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. During his time, Horn recorded 54 catches for 878 yards and seven touchdowns. After two years, he was still unable to reach the D1 level, so he returned home to work. It wasn't until two years after his days playing for Itawamba that Horn received a chance to play football in the CFL after he recorded a video of himself working out and sent it to multiple NFL and CFL teams.
Joe Horn's Career Honors
Pro Bowl - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame