Pierre Thomas is the Saints best back & a true fan favorite

New Orleans Saints' running back Pierre Thomas was one of the most important contributors to his team's Super Bowl championship season. Even though fellow RB Reggie Bush receives much of the attention, Thomas's worth absolutely supersedes that of the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Last season, Thomas rushed for 793 yards, catching 39 balls, scoring a total of eight touchdowns. This is compared to Bush, who rushed for 390 yards, catching 47 balls, tying Thomas with eight TD's. Bush is exciting, but Thomas is simply more valuable to the Saints' efforts.

Thomas, who went undrafted out of the University of Illinois, has amassed 22 TD's during his first three NFL seasons.  He even got in the act at Super Bowl XLIV, scoring on a 16-yard screen pass from QB Drew Brees.

Thomas has certainly found a home in the Bayou and he appears to be very appreciative of the support provided by the Saints loyal fan base.  

Below is a piece of video expressing this idea.

The setting is Chuck's Field of Dreams in Albany, Louisiana, last March.  Thomas was taking part in an autograph signing, just a few weeks after the team's first-ever NFL championship. 

Clearly, Thomas and the attending fans have not lost one bit of their collective victory exuberance.

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