BOBBY HEBERT- THE CAJUN CANNON
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If you’re asked to name 3 outstanding players in New Orleans Saint’s history, one name sure to be mentioned often is Bobby Hebert. What truly is remarkable is that Hebert had prepped at South Lafourche High School

 

in Galliano; less than 2 hours from the Louisiana Superdome. In fact he led the Tarpons to the Louisiana Class 4A state championship in 1977.

Born in 1960, Bobby has had a remarkable football career and is now featured on the air at WWL 870 AM , replacing the legendary New Orleans’ sports anchor Buddy Diliberto in 2005.

In 1978, Bobby was recruited from the bayous by Northwestern State in Natchitoches where he distinguished himself as a quality quarterback and obvious pro prospect. His powerful passing arm would later earn Hebert the nickname “Cajun Cannon”.

In 1982 the USFL Michigan Panthers drafted Hebert; and in his rookie season he set the USFL’s record for most touchdowns in a game (5) on June 26, 1983 against Chicago. Bobby led the Panthers to the league championship that year and was named MVP of the game and USFL’s Quarterback of the Year, Sporting News’ Player of the Year, and quarterback on The Sporting News’ USFL All-Star Team. That year he passed for over 3500 yards and 27 touchdowns.

With league financial troubles, the USFL merged the Panthers with the Oakland Invaders and Hebert fell right into step in California, passing for over 3,800 yards and 30 touchdowns; leading the Invaders to the title game.

Bobby signed with the Saints in August, 1985 after receiving an unconditional release from Oakland. He spent seven years with New Orleans, leading the Saints to their first-ever playoff birth in 1987. After sitting out the 1990 season in a contract dispute, then returning for a second playoff appearance in 1992, he gained his unconditional release with Coach Jim Mora and the Saints and signed with arch-rival Atlanta Falcons in April, 1993.

In his first year with the Falcons, Bobby was selected as a Pro Bowl quarterback. He remained with the Falcons through 1996 primarily in a back-up role.

In 1999, the Cajun Cannon was named to the Saints Hall of Fame and the following year to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame; and in 2006 was selected as the grand marshal of the annual Christmas Lighting in the city of Natchitoches.

Bobby has won the admiration and respect of people throughout Louisiana and the South; not only for his athletic accomplishments, but also his obvious insight about sports and love of the people of New Orleans and Bayou Country. His talents have expanded into a very successful broadcasting career which deserve the acclaim of listeners everywhere.

Bobby is the father of four children—daughters Ryan and Cammy and sons T-Bob and Bo. T-Bob is presently an offensive lineman with LSU.

 

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