Monday, February 8, 2010

Bearkats in the News: Guido Merkens

Edison graduate played with Saints during hard times

By David Flores Antonio

There was a time when the New Orleans Saints were so bad that their fans called them the “Ain’ts” and wore paper bags over their heads at home games.

The embarrassment was justified.

The Saints finished with losing records in each of their first 12 seasons before going 8-8 in 1979, but they returned to their losing ways a year later when they went 1-15. New Orleans was 0-14 before beating the New York Jets 21-20 on the road.

The following week, San Antonio native Guido Merkens was picked up by the Saints after he was cut by the Houston Oilers.

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