Danny Abramowicz – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
New Orleans Saints
Danny Abramowicz was one of the first stars of the New Orleans Saints franchise. Amazingly, he reached that stardom after being an NFL afterthought – the standout receiver from Xavier University in Cincinnati was the 420th overall pick in the 1967 NFL Draft – a 17th rounder.
Abramowicz led the Saints in receptions and receiving yards in each of his first five seasons with the Saints. He had 50 catches for 721 yards and six touchdowns in an outstanding rookie season of 1967. In 1968, he improved to 54 catches for 890 yards and seven scores, ranking third in the league in receptions and seventh in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. In 1969, Abramowicz was brilliant, leading the NFL with 73 catches for 1,015 yards and seven touchdowns en route to earning first-team All-Pro honors. He caught 55 passes for 906 yards and five touchdowns in 1970, ranking third in the league in catches and seventh in receiving yards.
With significant offensive turnover, Abramowicz’s production began to drop. He caught 37 passes for 657 yards and five touchdowns in 1971 and then he added seven scores (sixth in the league) in 1972 before being dealt to San Francisco in 1973.
Abramowicz would return to New Orleans to work as the color analyst on New Orleans Saints radio broadcasts. He opened a restaurant with Archie Manning and later became the head coach at Jesuit. He also served as offensive coordinator of the Saints under Mike Ditka from 1997-99.
Abramowicz was a charter member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame (1988). He has also been inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1992), the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame (1992) and the Xavier University Athletic Hall of Fame (1981).