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Tommy Myers

Football

Inducted: 2018

Born in Cohoes, NY, Tommy Myers came to Syracuse from New Britain, Connecticut.

An outstanding athlete at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, he went on to football stardom at Syracuse University and the National Football League.

Myers may not have been big, but the 180-pound free safety was regarded as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL.

At SU, Tommy played for legendary Hall of Famer Ben Schwartzwalder.  Those were not the best of times on the Hill, the Orange going just 14-15-1 and bowl-less.

But Myers was a stud in the secondary — an Associated Press first team All-American defensive back and recipient of SU’s Bill Horr Most Valuable Player Award as a senior.  He played in the 1971 East-West Shrine and 1972 College All-Star games.

Tommy was also a great punt returner (13.6-yard average).  His 436 return yards as a junior in 1970 remained a school record into the 21st century.

Myers is a member of Syracuse’s All-Century Team.

A third-round pick by New Orleans (and 74th overall), Tommy played his entire NFL career with the Saints.  Again, losses outnumbered wins.

 

But the gritty defensive back remained a standout, playing in 136 games.  He was the Saints’ initial first-team All-Pro in 1979, and a Pro Bowl selection.

He had 36 interceptions during his Saints’ career — 18 of those returned 390 yards from 1978-80, including a franchise-record 97-yarder for a touchdown thrown by the Vikings’ Fran Tarkenton in the 1978 opener. He also had 15 fumble recoveries (2 for touchdowns) and took a blocked punt in for a score.

A shoulder injury sidelined him in 1982.  He later finished his pro football-playing days with the USFL’s Houston Gamblers in 1984 and ’85, rooming with quarterback Jim Kelly.

Tommy was named to Houston’s all-time team.  Even more impressive was his 1989 induction into the Saints’ Hall of Fame.

And now, Tommy Myers — No. 37 — becomes a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.

Contact GSSHOF:

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