Jim FinksFootball Executive, 1986-92
New Orleans Saints

Inducted: 1993

  • In 1986, took over as general manager of a New Orleans Saints team that had never experienced a winning season in its 19-year history. After hiring Jim Mora, the team won 12 games in 1987 for their first winning season ever and he was named NFL Executive of the Year.
  • Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 - the first person whose enshrinement was based substantially on achievements with the Saints.
  • Prior to taking over the reins of the Saints organization, Finks served as the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings (1964-73) and the Chicago Bears (1974-82). 
  • A product of St. Louis, he attended the University of Tulsa and was a 12th-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1949. He played six years with the Steelers (1951-56) as a defensive back and quarterback.
  • Born Aug. 31, 1927 and died May 8, 1994 at the age of 66.