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.
Here is a look at the offensive linemen....
1. William Roaf (1993-2001)
A 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Roaf, the eighth overall pick in the 1993 draft, was one of the greatest players in club history. The 6-foot-5, 312-pounder was the foundation for the Saints’ line for nine seasons. A dominant pass and run blocker at left tackle, he was selected to a club-record seven Pro Bowls from 1994-2000 and was a four-time first-team All-Pro pick. After being traded to Kansas City, he made four more Pro Bowls and four more All-Pro teams, giving him 11 and eight, respectively.
2. Jahri Evans (2006-present)
Evans has been a rock since being chosen in the fourth-round of the 2006 draft out of Division II Bloomsburg State. Evans set a franchise record for consecutive games started to begin a career with 114 before the streak ended. He’s started 126 regular-season games and 10 playoff contests and has helped block for a passing game that has led the league four times and ranked no lower than fourth in his eight seasons. He’s a four-time All-Pro pick who has been chosen to the last five Pro Bowls.
3. Stan Brock (1980-92)
The Saints’ top draft pick in 1980 and 12th player chosen overall went on to play 13 seasons with New Orleans and three more with San Diego before calling it a career. He played in 234 games with 223 starts, including 186 games played and 182 starts as the anchor of the Saints’ line prior to Roaf’s arrival. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Brock helped open holes for four 1,000-yard rushers with the Saints and was a team leader for the franchise’s first winning season and first four playoff appearances.
4. Jim Dombrowski (1986-96)
Another first-round draft pick, Dombrowski starred at guard and tackle during an 11-year career with the Saints from 1986-96. After missing all but three games of his rookie season with an injury, he played left tackle for two seasons before moving to left guard permanently during the 1989 season. The sixth overall pick of the 1986 draft, the 6-5, 300-pound Dombrowski started 137 out of 151 career games and, like Roaf and Brock, was chosen for induction into the Saints Hall of Fame.
5. Carl Nicks (2008-11)
While his stay with the Saints was short, Nicks made his mark at left guard after being a fifth-round draft pick in 2008. At 6-5 and 343 pounds, Nicks was a powerful player who was inserted into the lineup four games into his rookie season. He started 19 games in 2009 when the Saints won the Super Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro pick in 2011. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and ’11 before departing as a free agent after that season.
NEXT WEEK: Defensive line