Middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma is the heart and soul of the New Orleans Saints' defense.

In his three season with the Saints, Vilma has been in on 347 tackles, including including 256 solos tackles, along with seven sacks, and five interceptions.

But Vilma's worth doesn't rest with numbers, alone.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma talks with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

 

Mike Triplett, of the Times-Picayune, says Vilma is a leader, who is much-respected by both teammates and opponents.