Beyond The Mic: Brooks & Carney Deserving, But Fans Will Remember Two Plays Most [Video]
Former Saints Aaron Brooks and John Carney may be most remembered for two infamous plays, but each has a resume worthy of the Saints Hall of Fame.
Brooks, who quarterbacked in New Orleans from 2000-2005, led the Saints to their first playoff win in franchise history, throwing 4 touchdowns in a 31-28 win over the St. Louis Rams. Over the course of 6 seasons, Brooks threw 120 touchdowns, which ranks second in franchise history behind Drew Brees (283). His 19,156 passing yards ranks third, behind only Archie Manning (21,734) and Brees (38,733).
Despite his unprecedented success in comparison to Saints quarterbacks of the past, Brooks is often remembered for two stigmas. His frequent smiles after throwing an interception, and the video below.
Fair or not, Brooks is less remembered for his production, and more remembered for the "backwards pass."
Is he deserving of the Saints Hall of Fame? Absolutely. His numbers speak to that.
John Carney shares a similar seat among Saints fans. He's one of only 3 players in NFL history to score more than 2,000 points, kicking for 8 seasons (2001-06, 09-10) in New Orleans, earning a Super Bowl ring in 2009. As the franchise leader in field goal percentage (.828), Carney had a knack for making clutch kicks. He's responsible for kicking six game-winning field goals (10 seconds or less in regulation), as well as numerous game-tying field goals in the final minutes of a 4th quarter.
As clutch as Carney was, his leg failed him most on December 21, 2003 in Jacksonville. With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, and Aaron Brooks at quarterback, the Saints trailed the Jaguars by 7 points, 75 yards away from paydirt, and only 7 seconds remaining. 25 seconds later, the Saints had scored an improbable touchdown on a play referred to as the "River City Relay". All Carney had to do was the kick the automatic extra point and the Saints would head to overtime. Right?
Perhaps "Three Laterals and a Funeral" would've been more fitting.
Is it fair that these two Saint Hall of Famers are most remembered for two erroneous plays? Of course not. Both men should be proud of their success with the Saints and their induction into the team's Hall of Fame. Ideally, all fans would remember the on-field production. However, the reality for both Brooks and Carney is the stigma of two plays.