Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson inducted into Hall of Fame

Staff reports
Former Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson

CANTON, OHIO – As the New Orleans Saints marched to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history, one of the organization’s greatest players earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Linebacker Rickey Jackson, along with guard Russ Grimm, cornerback Dick LeBeau, running back Floyd Little, defensive tackle John Randle, wide receiver Jerry Rice, and running back Emmitt Smith made up the Class of 2010 Hall of Fame enshrinees.

The seven-man class was elected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee who met during Super Bowl week in South Florida. The newest members of the Hall were selected from a list of 17 finalists who had been determined earlier by the committee.

Jackson helped turn the Saints from perennial losers to a playoff contender. He becomes the first long-time player from the team to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He was named first-team All-NFL four times in his career.

The 2010 class will increase to 260 the number of all-time greats permanently honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The enshrinement of the Class of 2010 will take place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be televised live by both ESPN and the NFL Network.

The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game that kicks off the NFL’s preseason will be played on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. and broadcast live by NBC. Teams have not yet been announced.