What can we say? This guy was just a damn good football player. Knight joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent at the start of the ill-fated and eminently strange Mike Ditka regime but eventually proved to be the best thing to come out of those years. Maybe not the greatest athlete and certainly not the fastest guy out there, Sammy was still pretty much everything you wanted in a free safety. Smart, tough, always around the ball with an uncanny knack for taking it away. Saints fans who got to see Darren Sharper play like this for one full season should understand the kind of impact player Knight was over the course of 6.
As the Saints approached the Super Bowl during the 2009 playoffs, we got in the habit of building altars just prior to the start of each game. We made sure to include Sammy's jersey in these and, as we all know, there's been no arguing with the results.