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Former Saints coach J.D. Roberts dies; picked Archie Manning

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 1955 file photo, J.D. Roberts, University of Oklahoma's senior guard,...
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 1955 file photo, J.D. Roberts, University of Oklahoma's senior guard, talks over with OU line coach Gomer Jones about his being named winner of the John B. Outland trophy as the outstanding lineman of the year, in Norman, Okla.(Source: AP)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 4:52 PM CDT
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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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