Sam MillsFootball Player, 1983-97
New Orleans Saints
- Played 12 seasons in the NFL, recording 1,319 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and four touchdowns while starting 173 of 181 games.
- Played his first nine NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (1986-94) and was a member of the vaunted "Dome Patrol" of linebackers.
- Five-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, including four times with the Saints (1987, 1988, 1991 and 1992), as well as a three-time All-Pro.
- Finished his career with the Carolina Panthers, starting every game in the expansion team's first three seasons and adding another Pro-Bowl nod in 1996 at the age of 37.
- Also set the NFL record as the oldest player to return a fumble for a touchdown (37 years, 174 days).
- Served as an assistant coach with the Panthers from 1998-2004.
- Joined the USFL out of college, playing for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars from 1983-85, helping them to league titles in 1983 and 1984.
- Named to the All-USFL team in all three of his seasons and was selected to the USFL's All-Time Team.
- Elected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1991), the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey (1993), the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame (1998) and the College Football Hall of Fame (2009).
- A New Jersey product, who played collegiate football at Montclair State (1977-80).
- Born June 3, 1959 and died April 18, 2005 at the age of 45 after a battle with intestinal cancer.