Saints DT Nick Fairley talks to Deke & Bobby
When he began making a name for himself on the high school prep football scene back in 2006, it was then and still is now just plain ole “Nick.” Nah, It’s funny ya’ll say that (Deke and Bobby) over all these years I’ve always been called just Nick. No nicknames, nothing else just plain ole Nick.”
Saints Defensive Tackle Nick Fairley was giddy, cheerful and in a fun lighthearted mood earlier this week one he stepped into the radio huddle with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on Sports Talk.
Fairley is still celebrating his recent success in the form of a four year contract with the Saints after having what Fairley feels was one of his best in his career. “It was one of the best years of my career. I felt like I had a lot to prove. I still feel like I’ve got a lot to prove. And now with the next four year’s here (New Orleans) I’m looking forward to getting back out there and getting some things done.”
Fairley had a career high 6.5 sacks in 2016 and Fairley also made his presence felt in the middle of the Saints Defense as a consistent run stuffer. Fairley was a key figure in the Saints run defense being one of the best in the league against the run up the middle. The Saints allowed only 2.2 yard per rush on running plays up the middle of the field.
“As an interior Defensive Tackle that’s something you pride yourself on. You don’t want to allow anyone to run up the middle on you. We felt like we improved last season and we want to keep on improving in that area.”
Fairley was a top flight player for the Wolfpack at Copiah Lincoln Community College in Mississippi before he became the SEC Defensive Player of the year in 2010 helping lead the Auburn Tigers to the National Title.
Facing the likes of former Tigers now Panthers QB Cam Newton, Nick said every practice at AU was very intense and competitive. Never a dull moment at practice at auburn. Practices were very competitive. We all wanted to be the best we could be and I think we brought out the best in each other,” said Fairley.
After a career year and a new four-year deal what’s next for the veteran DT? “I just want to go out, work hard with my teammates and our team to become the best team we can be. I enjoy being here and when I hear that Who Dat chant that gets me fired up. I love it down here and I’m looking forward being here another four years.”
To hear the entire conversation Deke and Bobby had with Saints Defensive Tackle Nick Fairley just click below.