Thursday, December 09, 2004

Consistent Tune From Horn

By Chris Pika,
WR Joe Horn went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the fourth time in his five years with the Saints after picking up 160 yards last Sunday vs. Carolina in Superdome.

Horn also went over the 75-catch plateau for the fifth time in his Saints career. He has 76 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns. He is tied with Tennessee's Derrick Mason for the league lead in receptions and is second in yards behind only Philadelphia's Terrell Owens (69 receptions, 1,130 yards).

"He's leading the league in receptions and will probably break his own mark; he'll come close or go over 100 receptions for the year," said Saints Coach Jim Haslett. "He's been working harder than he's ever worked. He comes in on Tuesday to catch balls and that's a credit to him because this is the hardest he's ever worked on the field. I think it's paying off for him and hopefully he can continue to do it because, genetics-wise, he still has a lot of years left in him. It's just how you take care of your body and how you handle it and how you work because he's going to be 34 years old. Everybody loses a little bit because of age, but if he continues to work he can play a long time."

Dallas Coach Bill Parcells, whose team beat Seattle on the road on Monday night and got back to Dallas early Tuesday morning, joked about the fact that he got only four hours of sleep on Tuesday night in a teleconference with the New Orleans media on Wednesday afternoon.

"Last night I only had four hours sleep for some reason," he said. "I couldn't sleep. Maybe it was because I was thinking about Joe Horn. I don't know."

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