Kamara shoulders the offensive load in New Orleans

RB runs hard, plays hard in the Big Easy

Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara has always been one of the better runners in the NFL and now he has a major milestone to prove it.

With his 51 yards rushing and 128 yards receiving in his New Orleans Saints’ 13-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7, the fifth year man out of Tennessee became the fastest to 3,000 yards rushing and 3,000 yards receiving over his career, making it in his 66th game, four faster than the previous record holder, Roger Craig. That his efforts were the lone highlight in an otherwise lethargic offensive performance by the Saints that day only underscored his value to the team.

Over his career, he’s been the picture of consistency, never running up 1,000-yard rushing seasons (although he’s on pace to record his first this year) or gaudy receiving numbers but always being identified by opponents as the guy to stop, double-teaming if necessary.

His teammates also think highly of him, especially quarterback Jameis Winston, who in Kamara has found his favorite target in his first year with the Saints.

“(Kamara) is one of the most dominant players in this league,” he said in a press conference after Kamara’s record-setting performance against Seattle, “so it’s always exciting when you put the ball in his hands and watch the things that he does.”

Kamara and the Saints can be seen in action at home against the Buffalo Bills Thursday, Nov. 25, in prime time on NBC, in the late game of the NFL’s traditional Thanksgiving Day tripleheader.

Player Profile

Full name: Alvin Mentian Kamara

Birth date: July 25, 1995

Birthplace: Atlanta

Height/weight: 5 feet, 10 inches/215 pounds

Teams: New Orleans Saints (2017-present)

College: Tennessee

Draft: Selected in the third round (67th overall) by the Saints in 2017

Position: Running back

No.: 41

Honors and achievements: Four-time Pro Bowl selection (2017-20); two-time Second-Team All-Pro (2017, 2020); NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2017); PFWA All-Rookie Team (2017); most touchdowns in a single game (six, tying Ernie Never’s mark, in 2020)

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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