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Glover, Finney in Saints 2013 Hall of Fame class

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013

"That is what allowed me to do it, and then sort of the vision and philosophy of (then-head coach) Jim Haslett to move his guys around in order to play a lot of different positions along the front, to take advantage of match-ups," Glover said.

The Saints parted ways with Glover after the 2001 season, and he want to have four more Pro Bowl seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Glover said he is not certain why the Saints did not push harder to keep him while he was still in his prime, but did not hold a grudge.

"At the end of the day, things worked out," Glover said. "I went on to have my own success and I'm still a member of the Saints Hall of Fame, so that's what's important right now."

The Saints had losing records for their first 20 seasons, and Finney covered all of them. He also knew Gemelli, a clothing store owner who was among the team's most active — and optimistic — boosters until his death in 1991.

"Joe always saw a light at the end of the tunnel. It was a long tunnel," Finney said. "He was born with a fleur-de-lis on his forehead."

When John Gilliam ran back a kickoff for a touchdown on the first play in Saints history in the old Tulane Stadium, Finney was in the press box, four seats from then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

Rozelle stood up and yelled, "Go!" as the return developed, and it was Finney who reminded him, half-jokingly, that cheering was not allowed in the press box.

Finney said covering the Saints was the best assignment he could have had, in large part because of the way the fans — his readers — stuck by the team through so many losing seasons.

"I don't know if any fans around the league supported a losing team the way they did here," he said.

Finney also was in Miami in February 2010 when the Saints, in their 43rd season, played in and won their first Super Bowl.

"I still don't believe it happened," Finney said. "I swear to God."