Saints Release Touching Hype Video Ahead of Sam Mills' Hall of Fame Enshrinement

Devon Platana
The New Orleans Saints released a touching hype video ahead of Sam Mills' Hall of Fame enshrinement on Saturday.
The New Orleans Saints released a touching hype video ahead of Sam Mills' Hall of Fame enshrinement on Saturday. / AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Saturday marks the day that eight individuals will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Class of 2022 is stacked with several iconic names, including the late great linebacker, Sam Mills, who unfortunately passed away from intestinal cancer complications in 2005.

Though Mills spent his NFL career with two few different teams, his best years were with the New Orleans Saints from 1986 to 1994. That's why it was so heartwarming when the Saints released a touching hype video for the five-time Pro Bowler ahead of his enshrinement on Saturday.

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2022 Class

The video does a fantastic job at showing fans not only the type of player that Mills was on the field, but also who he was as a person. The Saints spoke to some of his former teammates, who all had great things to say about him.

Fellow New Orleans LB Pat Swilling said that he'll always remember Mills for his heart on the field.

"[Mills] was only 5'9", 225 [pounds], but his heart was 6'5" or 6'8", 500 pounds, man. The guy just had heart. I can't tell you that he had great ability, but he had all heart and he got everything he could out of that 5'9", 225."

Pat Swilling on Sam Mills

An undrafted free agent out of Montclair State in 1981, Mills had quite the storybook career. He toiled around on practice squads, even having stints in the CFL and USFL before the Saints gave him an opportunity in 1986. After that, the rest was history.

Mills went on to play 181 NFL games between the Saints and Carolina Panthers. He recorded a total of 1,265 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles and 11 interceptions over that span, being named first-team All-Pro in 1996 while making the second-team twice in his career.

Mills is an inspiration for players who were told that they were too small or not skilled enough to compete in the NFL. Former teammate Dalton Hilliard said that Mills inspired him to even be a better person, while Bobby Herbert called the Hall of Famer a "great individual" whom he's happy to have shared the field with.

Fans can view Mills' enshrinement — as well as the other seven inductees — when the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony airs on ESPN and the NFL Network on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. ET.

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