New Orleans has long history of producing NFL defensive backs

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Aeneas Williams
Aeneas Williams is one of the best defensive backs in NFL history.

The metro New Orleans area has been fertile territory for producing defensive backs, with an abundance leaving the local prep ranks for college football and eventually the NFL.

Among the top areas nationally for supplying defensive secondary talent to the NFL, New Orleans can take pride that many have been recognized as All Pro. A few gained admittance to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Let’s take a look at many of those local products who have made it to the top:

Kristian Fulton (Rummel)

Drafted in the second round by the Titans this year following the National Championship season at LSU, Fulton was an interception machine in high school who proved it was no fluke.

Shyheim Carter (Kentwood)

The former Alabama jack of all trades in the secondary was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent.

Cameron Danzler (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Picked in round three by the Vikings, the former prep QB had a great career at Mississippi State.

Rod Teamer (Brother Martin)

After staying home to be a four-year starter at Tulane, he now enters second seasons with the Chargers.

Arthur Maulet (Bonnabel)

Signed undrafted by Saints out of Memphis, he is now in his fourth NFL season now with the Jets.

Parry Nickerson (West Jefferson)

After 46 starts at Tulane, he enters his fourth season in NFL, now with Jacksonville.

Lorenzo Doss (St. Augustine)

Another four-year starter at Tulane, he spent four seasons in the NFL and earned a Super Bowl ring with Denver.

Treston DeCoud (Lakeshore)

Taken in the fifth round (169th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Oregon State product played two NFL seasons before a recent XFL stop.

Henre’ Toliver (Rummel)

The Marreo product has played for the Colts and Giants in NFL the past two seasons.

Alvin Haymond (L.B. Landry)

Played at Southern in the early 1960’s before 10 seasons in the NFL as cornerback and return man.

Aeneas Williams (Fortier)

Following his college career at Southern, he earned a place in the 2014 class in Canton after 14 years in the NFL. Williams racked up 55 interceptions and earned eight All Pro honors.

Raion Hill (Brother Martin)

The former LSU playmaker played safety for two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Randy Hilliard (East Jefferson)

Played for Northwestern State in the late 1980’s before eight NFL seasons with the Browns, Broncos and Bears. He won a Super Bowl in Denver.

Normam Hodgins (Rummel)

The LSU alum played for the Bears in 1974.

Craig Steltz (Rummel)

An All American aftery at LSU, he played six seasons in Chicago. after leading the Tigers in tackles (101) and winning the 2007 BCS championship.

Bryan Howard (Carver)

The Tennessee State product was a ninth round pick of the Vikings in 1982, his only pro season.

Tyrone Hughes

Tyrone Hughes (St. Augustine)

The Saints Hall of Famer enjoyed a record-setting day on Oct. 23, 1994 when he recorded 347 yards in returns (two for TD’s) against the Rams.

Maurice Hurst (Fortier)

He parlayed a fine career at Southern in seven seasons as a cornerback with the Patriots. Hurst had 27 NFL interceptions including seven in 1994.

Tory James (Shaw)

Playing 11 seasons in the league (Broncos, Raiders and Bengals) the second round pick of Bears out of LSU in 1996 helped Denver win Super Bowl XXXIII.

Norman Jefferson (Ehret)

The former LSU standout spent two seasons with the Packers (1987-1988).

Vance Joseph (Shaw)

The former Colorado Buffaloes star played for the Jets in 1995 and Colts in 1996.

LaRon Landry (Hahnville)

An LSU All American and 2003 national champion as a saftey, he was a first round pick of the Redskins in 2007. Landry enjoyed eight NFL seasons and made one Pro Bowl.

Dawan Landry (Hahnville)

The Georgia Tech spent five seasons with the Ravens with nine interceptions.

Del Lee (Edna Karr)

McNeese State product played for the Jets in 1994.

Elliott Alexander (St. Augustine)

Third rounder out of Grambling played for the Bills in 1970.

Ashley Ambrose (Fortier)

Mississippi Valley State alum played 13 seasons in the NFL, totaling 42 interceptions. He was an All Pro in 1996.

Curtis Baham (Covington)

Tulane product played one season with the Seahawks.

Michael Ball (Booker T. Washington)

Spent six years with the Colts after a college career at Southern.

Gary Barbaro (East Jefferson)

The former Nicholls State star made three Pro Bowls with the Chiefs on his way to the franchise’s Ring of Honor. He made 39 interceptions. Gary is also in the Louisiana Sports and Sugar Bowl halls of fame.

Terreal Bierra (Salmen)

University of Georgia prudct played two seasons with the Seahawks.

Greg Brooks (Shaw)

Played at Southern Miss and then two seasons with the Bengals.

Sidney Brown (St. Augustine)

Oklahoma alum played for the Patriots in 1978.

Trent Collins (Ehret)

San Diego State product played for the Jets in 1987.

Ryan Clark (Shaw)

Former LSU standout played 13 NFL seasons, making the 2011 Pro Bowl and winning Super Bowl XLIII with the Steelers. He is currently an ESPN analyst.

Matthew Dorsett (McMain)

Another Southern Jaguar who made the league, he helped the Packers in their Super Bowl XXXI win in the Superdome.

Corey Dowden (McDonogh)

Tulane product played for the Ravens, Packers and Bears.

Sean Dykes (Clark)

Played for Bowling Green and the Jets.

Steve Foley (Jesuit)

Former Tulane quarterback played safety for 11 years in the NFL, making All Pro in 1978 and setting the Broncos franchise record with 44 interceptions.

Adrian Hardy (Redeemer)

Northwestern State product played for the 49ers and Bengals.

Ike Taylor (Abramson)

Drafted out of UL Lafayette in the fourth round by the Steelers in 2003, he played 12 seasons in the NFL and won Super Bowls XL and XLIII.

Bennie Thompson (McDonogh)

Former Grambling star played 11 years in NFL as a special teams standout for the Saints, Chiefs, Ravens and Browns.

Chris Thompson (Holy Cross)

Nicholls alum played for the Bears and Jaguars.

Darius Vinnett (Destrehan)

Played for Arkansas and the Rams.

Jackie Wallace (St. Aug)

After his years at the University of Arizona, the 1973 second rounder played six years in the NFL (Vikings, Colts and Rams).

Lionel Washington (Lutcher)

Fourth round pick out of Tulane by the Cardinals in 1983 played 15 pro years with 37 picks.

Mike Williams (Covington)

Former LSU All American was a first round pick by the Chargers in 1975. He spent 10 years in the league and made 24 interceptions.

Corey Webster (St. James)

After one season as a wide receiver at LSU, he became a star at cornerback and later a member of two Giants Super Bowl champions (XLII and XLVI).

Roynel Young (Cohen)

Alcorn State standout was a first round pick by Philadelphia in 1980. He spent nine years in the league, making the Pro Bowl in 1981. He helped the Eagles make their first Super Bowl appearance (XV in New Orleans).

Floyd Young (Clark)

Out of small school Texas A&M Kingsville, he earned his keep with the Bucs from 1997 to 2000.

Keenan Lewis (OP Walker)

The ex-Oregon State standout cover corner played seven NFL seasons (Steelers, Saints).

Kendrick Lewis (OP Walker)

Ole Miss product played nine NFL seasons.

Garry Lewis (Fortier)

Went on from Alcorn State to play four seasons in NFL (Raiders, Bucs and Chiefs).

Kevin Lewis (Fortier)

Northwestern State alum played for the 49ers in 1990 and 1991.

D’Artagnan Martin (Carver)

The Saints fourth rounder out of Kentucky State in 1971 played one season with the Black & Gold.

Kerry Parker (Carver)

Grambling product played for the Bills and Chiefs.

Richie Petitbon (Jesuit)

A star at Tulane, he played 14 seasons in the NFL and made four Pro Bowl as a second round pick of the Bears in 1959. He made 1,048 career tackles and 50 interceptions before becoming Joe Gibbs’ superb defensive coordinator in Washington.

John Petitbon (Jesuit)

Notre Dame product played for seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Rosey Taylor (Clark) Grambling

In 12 years in NFL, he made 32 interceptions and two Pro Bowls. He has been recognized among the top 50 all-time Bears.

Steve Rehage (Bonnabel)

A safety for LSU who played for the Giants.

Jerry Reese (St. Aug)

Rangy 6-foot-3 DB played for Oklahoma and the Chiefs (1979-1980).

Ed Scott (Carver)

Grambling product played for the Cardinals in 1987.

Otis Smith (East Jefferson)

Mizzou product spent 13 NFL seasons with the Patriots, Jets and Eagles. He was a cornerback for New England’s Super Bowl XXXVI winners in the Superdome.

Parick Surtain (Edna Karr)

A second round pick by the Dolphins in 1998, the Southern Miss alum played 11 years in the NFL (Chiefs and Dolphins). He made 37 interceptions and three Pro Bowls.

Gene Sykes (Covington)

LSU product played four pro seasons with the Bills and Chiefs.

Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu (St. Augustine)

The former LSU All American and 2011 SEC player of Year was a third round pick of the Cardinals in 2013. The Honey Badgers made the Pro Powl in ’15 and ’19. He was a key member of the Super Bowl LIV champion Chiefs as a safety and nickel back.

Micah Pellerin (Country Day)

Hampton product played four years in the NFL.

Ed Reed (Destrehan)

A legend at Miami (FL), he played 12 years in the NFL where he also became iconic. Perhaps the best safety ever, Reed was a nine-time Pro Bowler and five-time All Pro. In 2019, the former prep QB took his rightful place in Canton.

Josh Victorian (Destrehan)

LA Tech product played in five NFL seasons.

Greg Fassitt (Kennedy)

Played for Grambling and the Saints.

Oliver Celestin (St. Augustine)

Out of the Texas Southern, he played five NFL seasons (Jets, Seahawks, Cardinals and Chiefs).

Ahmad Treaudo (New Orleans)

Yet another Southern standout, he played for the Giants, 49ers, Falcons and Vikings (2005-2006).

Jerron Wishom (Lutcher)

Played for LA Tech and the Packers.

Clarence LeBlanc (John Curtis)

Physical LSU safety played for the Giants.

Tony Bouie (Holy Cross)

The consensus All-American safety at Arizona went on to play for the Bucs from 1995 to 1998.

Tramain Jacobs (Covington)

A standout in high school football and track, he first enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before transferring to Texas A&M. The 28-year old has played for four NFL teams and Toronto in the CFL. Jacobs is currently a free agent.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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