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Football Attic - Sports History Network EPISODE 14, 4th December 2020
The Dome Patrol

The Dome Patrol

Football Attic is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear.

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Today, we're going to talk about one of the greatest NFL defenses in recent memory, one that doesn't get its fair remembrance due to a lack of Hall of Famers and a lack of playoff wins. That would be the New Orleans Saints' defense of the late 1980s and early 90s, particularly the linebacking corps, who earned the moniker of the "Dome Patrol."


My name is John Gidley, and as I’m looking on my bookshelf, I see a lot of books about the National Football League.

There’s a book about the 72 Dolphins, one about the 85 Bears, another about the Immaculate Reception. Let’s be honest with ourselves, though: how many times have we heard these stories?

Where are the tales of the men who aren’t as prominent? Stories of the dominant Washington team of 1991, or of the stonewall defense of the 1977 Atlanta Falcons, or of the days when the Philadelphia Eagles wore white helmets? Well, there’s only one place to find those, right here in the Football Attic.

Each week, I’ll tell you about games, players, coaches, and teams who aren’t necessarily forgotten but are not as well-known as they should be. This isn’t just a podcast for those whose memory will be jogged by these retellings.

I’m 22 years old, and I’m an advocate for a greater historical perspective among younger NFL fans. So come join me as I take my weekly trip upstairs into the Football Attic. Just be sure to watch your step!