Former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle La'Roi Glover has been elected to the Saints Hall of Fame for the Class of 2013. Glover was the lone choice of the Saints Hall of Fame Media Selection Committee.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Glover was picked in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft out of San Diego State by the Oakland Raiders. After one season with the Raiders and after playing for Barcelona of the World League of American Football, Glover was acquired by the New Orleans Saints off of waivers from the Raiders at the end of the 1997 preseason.
He played five seasons with the Saints (1997-2001) and amassed 50 sacks and forced 10 fumbles, averaging 10 sacks per season. In 1998, Glover posted 10 sacks and three forced fumbles as he was selected an Associated Press second-team All-Pro. In 2000, Glover had a league-high 17 sacks, the second-most by an NFL defensive lineman at the time, and was named a unanimous first-team All-Pro and earned a Pro Bowl berth as he helped lead the Saints to a division championship and first-ever playoff win.
In 2001, Glover had eight sacks and earned his second Pro Bowl honor. Upon leaving the Saints, Glover earned four consecutive Pro Bowl honors with the Dallas Cowboys (2002-2005) and was named All-Pro in 2002 and 2003. He finished his 13-year NFL career with the St. Louis Rams (2006-2008). Glover was named to the NFL's All-Decade team of the 2000s.
Long-time sports journalist Peter Finney Sr. has been chosen to receive the prestigious Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award, presented to an individual who has contributed to the betterment of the New Orleans Saints and has supported the franchise over an extended period of time in his or her endeavors.
A native of New Orleans, Finney attended Jesuit High School and played basketball at Loyola University. He started his journalism career in 1945 with the now defunct States-Item upon graduating from Jesuit. He has worked in the industry ever since in an illustrious career spanning 68 years, including for the Times-Picayune since it merged with the States-Item in 1980.