Super Bowl heroes Nicks, Vilma to appear at Saints Hall of Fame Museum before Bears game Sunday
Former New Orleans Saints stars Carl Nicks and Jonathan Vilma will appear at the Saints Hall of Fame Museum this Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m., prior to the New Orleans Saints home game with the Chicago Bears at noon. Nicks and Vilma will be available for autographs and pictures.
Nicks and Vilma will be formally inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame while long-time New Orleans Saints employee Jay Romig will receive the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award this Friday night, Oct. 27 at Club XLIV and Encore at Champions Square in a ceremony at 7 p.m. The alumni celebration, featuring New Orleans Saints alumni from around the country, will follow with the event catered by 26 food and drink providers from some of the top restaurants and caterers in the metro area.
A fifth-round pick out of Nebraska in 2008, Nicks became a starter in his rookie season and earned All-Pro honors from different entities three times while making the Pro Bowl twice in his four years in New Orleans. Nicks played a prominent role in the Saints winning Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb. 7, 2010. The Saints led the league in offense three times with Nicks in the lineup. He played in 64 games, starting 61 with New Orleans. Nicks was named to the 50-year anniversary team.
Acquired in a trade with the New York Jets in 2008, Vilma became the captain of the Saints defense and led the team in tackles in three different seasons. He earned Pro Bowl honors twice, appearing in 70 games, starting 68. He was an integral player in the Super Bowl championship season of 2009. In his six seasons with the Saints, Vilma totaled 530 tackles, eight sacks, six interceptions, 27 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Vilma was named to the Saints 50-year anniversary team.
The Saints Hall of Fame Museum is located at Gate B on the Plaza level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The museum is open for two hours prior to each New Orleans Saints home game and for 45 minutes following each home game. The museum is free of charge on game days to all holding tickets to the game.
The museum is available for viewing by appointment weekdays between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at a cost of $7 per adult, $5 for seniors, military, children under 12 and groups of 10.
For more information, visit www.saintshalloffame.com, e-mail [email protected] or call (504) 471-2192.
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