Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks and kicker John Carney have been elected to the Saints Hall of Fame for the Class of 2014. The selections were made by the Saints Hall of Fame Media Selection Committee.
Brooks became the Saints’ starting quarterback in November 2000, and six weeks later, he led the team to its first-ever playoff victory, a 31-28 triumph over the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the Superdome.
The former University of Virginia standout would remain behind center in New Orleans for the next five seasons, starting a total of 82 regular-season games for the Black and Gold.
Brooks ended his Saints career by completing 56.4 percent of his passes for 19,156 yards, 120 touchdowns and 84 interceptions. His touchdown total ranks second and his yardage total third in Saints history.
Brooks’ best season statistically was in 2003, when he completed a career-best 59.1 percent of his pass attempts and he had an NFL-low interception rate of 1.5 percent.
Carney spent all or part of eight seasons with the Saints as part of a 23-year NFL career in which he became one of only three players in history to play in four different decades and became one of seven players to score more than 2,000 career points.
A product of Notre Dame, Carney connected on a franchise record 82.8 percent of his field goal attempts as a Saint. His 168 field goals made, 203 attempts and 768 points scored all rank second in team history.
Of the 471 placement attempts in Carney’s career as a Saint, perhaps his most famous was the game-winning field goal in the 2005 season opener against Carolina, 13 days after the region was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Coincidentally, an image of Brooks congratulating Carney after his game-winning kick graced the cover of the Sept. 19, 2005, issue of Sports Illustrated.
Overall, Carney booted six game-winning field goals within the last 10 seconds of a contest since he joined the club in 2001.
(Courtesy: Saints Hall of Fame)