Dome Patrol Invades Biloxi's Edgewater Mall

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 2009 New Orleans Saints proved on the playing field, they were the best Saints team ever, by winning the Super Bowl.

Saturday night three members of Saints teams that excelled in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling signed autographs and posed for pictures at Gulf Coast Cards & Sports Memorabilia in Biloxi's Edgewater Mall.

The trio, along with the late great Sam Mills are considered by many as the best linebacking corp in NFL history.

Swilling says it was an honor to play along side Mills, Johnson and Jackson.

He said, "We were recently honored by ESPN about two years ago. They said we were the best linebacking corp of all-time and you look at some of the people, like Lawrence Taylor and those guys and you've got the Steelers linebacking corp. "  He added, "We are very honored and now we're very fortunate that we have a Hall of Famer in Rickey Jackson, one of the guys in the group and it has been just a great ride for all of us."

All three former Saints players were very nice to the fans who waited in line to have an autograph and photograph taken with the famed Dome Patrol.

Vaughn Johnson said, "It's a shame that Sam Mills can't be a part of the Saints celebration following the Super Bowl victory.  Sam was a quiet guy off the field, but he was a leader on the field.  We miss him greatly."

Johnson also attributed the Saints success during his playing days to head coach Jim Mora and general manager Jim Finks.

Rickey Jackson, who was enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame last weekend, agreed with Johnson.  He said, "Coach Mora and Finks knew what it took to build a playoff contender.  We went to the playoffs four times and it's a shame we didn't win a playoff game."

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