Former Saints coach J.D. Roberts dies; picked Archie Manning
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Former New Orleans Saints coach J.D. Roberts has died.
The 88-year-old was the Saints’ second coach. He took over on an interim basis from Tom Fears in November 1970 and played a part in selecting Archie Manning with the second pick in the 1971 NFL draft.
His first game as coach was memorable. Tom Dempsey kicked a then-record 63-yard field goal to beat Detroit.
Roberts was a college assistant at Denver, Houston, Navy, Auburn and Oklahoma before joining the Saints in 1967 as a scout and linebackers coach.
His Saints coaching record was 7-25-3.
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