Saints Mount Rushmore Plus One: The Wide Receivers

It took two sculptors, 14 years, hundreds of men and thousands of tons of dynamite deep in the heart of the Black Hills region of South Dakota to build Mount Rushmore, which celebrates the great contributions presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

The Advocate is taking the same skill, precision, passion and thought to forever immortalize past and present members of the New Orleans Saints. In this 10-week "The New Orleans Saints Mount Rushmore Plus One Series" (it's "plus one" because we have some extra explosives left over from last year's Mardi Gras) The Advocate lists the top Saints at the positions of quarterback, running back, tight end, receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, defensive back, coach and general manager.

Today we take a look at the wide receivers....

1. Marques Colston (2006-present)

Like at quarterback, there’s no debate here as Colston is the franchise leader in receptions (607), receiving yards (8,337) and receiving touchdowns (63). He has another 60 catches for 799 yards and four scores in the postseason. The 252nd player chosen in the 2006 draft (29th of 30 wide receivers) has 25 100-yard games -- just two shy of the club record. Each of his 63 regular-season TDs have come from Drew Brees, tying them for sixth place among quarterback-receiver combinations in NFL history.

2. Eric Martin (1985-93)

Colston broke two of the three career receiving marks set by Martin, a former LSU standout, during his nine-year career after being a seventh-round draft pick (the 179th player chosen overall) -- like Colston. Martin didn’t mind going over the middle to make the tough catches when he knew he was going to take a hit and made up for a lack of speed by overpowering smaller defensive backs. He caught 532 passes for 7,854 yards, averaging a healthy 14.8 yards per reception, and had 48 touchdowns.

3. Joe Horn (2000-06)

The club record-holder with 27 100-yard receiving games, Horn is one of the franchise’s all-time best acquisitions in free agency. After a pedestrian four-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Horn had a breakout first year with the Saints with 94 receptions for 1,340 yards -- both single-season club records at the time -- with eight scores in earning the first of three straight Pro Bowl berths. In an incredible five-year span from 2000-04, he averaged 87 catches, 1,258 yards and 9 TDs per season.

4. Danny Abramowicz (1967-73)

Abramowicz, a 17th-round draft pick and 420th player chosen in the 1967 draft, was the best offensive weapon in the franchise’s early years. He caught 309 passes for 4,875 yards and scored 37 TDs and averaged 15.8 yards per reception -- which remains a franchise record for players with at least 250 catches. Abramowicz, who was just 6-1 and 195 pounds, was the Saints’ first first-team All-Pro as picked by The Associated Press when he caught 73 passes for 1,013 yards with seven TDs in 1969.

5. Lance Moore (2006-present)

An undrafted free agent who was cut by his hometown Cleveland Browns, Moore did two stints with the Saints’ practice squad before becoming a bona fide receiving threat in Sean Payton’s offense. He has 346 career receptions for 4,281 yards -- fifth-most in both categories among NFL undrafted receivers from 2005-13 -- with 38 TDs. He caught a career-high 79 passes in 2008 and had a career-best 1,041 receiving yards in 2012. Moore also caught a key two-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV.

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