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Johnson: Underrated ’Dome Patrol’ member

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State Hall of Fame-bound honoree did share of ‘dirty work’ for Saints
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When people talk about the New Orleans Saints of the late 1980s and early 1990s, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to evolve into the heart and soul of the organization’s best teams to that point in franchise history.

The term “Dome Patrol,” a moniker given to the team’s four starting linebackers, was synonymous with helmet-rattling, pad-popping tackles especially in a six-year stretch from 1987-93 in which the Saints won 70 games and made the playoffs four times.

Rickey Jackson. Sam Mills. Pat Swilling. Vaughan Johnson.

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