1967 NFL expansion draft

The 1967 National Football League expansion draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft held on February 9, 1967 in which a new expansion team named the New Orleans Saints selected its first players.[1] On November 1, 1966, (All Saints Day), NFL owners awarded its 16th team franchise to the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] The expansion draft included future Hall of Famer running back Paul Hornung, who set an NFL record by scoring 176 points in only 12 games in 1960 for the Green Bay Packers, but did not play in Super Bowl I. Hornung never played a down for the Saints and retired in the preseason due to a neck injury.

Following the expansion draft, the Saints signed Hornung's backfield mate with the Packers, Jim Taylor to a 10-year, $400,000 contract. Taylor played just one season in his home state (Taylor was a native of Baton Rouge and was an All-American at LSU) and retired in September 1968.

Player selections

PlayerPositionCollege TeamOriginal NFL Team
Tom Barrington FB Ohio State Washington Redskins
Jim Battle OT Cleveland Browns
Charlie Bradshaw OT Baylor Pittsburgh Steelers
Jackie Burkett LB Auburn Baltimore Colts
Dave Cahill DT Northern Arizona Philadelphia Eagles
Bill Cody LB Auburn Detroit Lions
Don Croftcheck OG Indiana Washington Redskins
Bill Curry C Georgia Tech Green Bay Packers
Ted Davis LB Georgia Tech Baltimore Colts
Jim Garcia DE Purdue New York Giants
Tom Hall WR Minnesota Minnesota Vikings
Steve Heckard WR Davidson, USC Los Angeles Rams
Jimmy Heidel DB Mississippi St. Louis Cardinals
Paul Hornung RB Notre Dame Green Bay Packers
Billy Kilmer QB UCLA San Francisco 49ers
Elbert Kimbrough DB Northwestern San Francisco 49ers
Kent Kramer TE Minnesota San Francisco 49ers
Jake Kupp OG Washington Washington Redskins
Earl Leggett DT Louisiana State Los Angeles Rams
Obert Logan DB Trinity Dallas Cowboys
Riley Mattson OT Oregon Chicago Bears
John Morrow C Michigan Cleveland Browns
Ray Ogden TE Alabama St. Louis Cardinals
Ray Rissmiller OT Georgia Philadelphia Eagles
Walt Roberts WR San José State Cleveland Browns
George Rose DB Auburn Minnesota Vikings
Bill Sandeman OT Pacific Dallas Cowboys
Bob Scholtz OT Notre Dame New York Giants
Brian Schweda DE Kansas Chicago Bears
Dave Simmons LB Georgia Tech St. Louis Cardinals
Jerry Simmons WR Bethune-Cookman Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobby Smith DB UCLA Detroit Lions
Bobby Smith RB North Texas Pittsburgh Steelers
Larry Stephens DT Texas Dallas Cowboys
Steve Stonebreaker LB Detroit Baltimore Colts
Mike Tilleman DT Montana Minnesota Vikings
Phil Vandersea LB Massachusetts Green Bay Packers
Willie Walker WR Tennessee State Detroit Lions
Joe Wendryhoski OG Illinois Los Angeles Rams
Dave Whitsell DB Indiana Chicago Bears
Fred Whittingham LB Cal Poly, BYU Philadelphia Eagles
Gary Wood QB Cornell New York Giants


  1. Howell, Brian. New Orleans Saints. Edina, Minnesota: ABDO Publishing Company, 2011.
  2. "Team History: New Orleans Saints". Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
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