New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame member, and fan-favorite radio analyst, Howard "Hokie" Gajan has passed away after a battle with a rare form of cancer.

This continues a tragic week for the New Orleans Saints organization. Over the weekend, fellow Saints Hall of Famer Will Smith was murdered in the Garden District in New Orleans. Gajan and Smith were both elected to the Saints Hall of Fame together.

Gajan played for the Saints from 1981 to 1987, with his best year coming in 1984, when he led the NFL in yards-per-carry with an average of 6.0 yards. His highest single season touchdown total also came in 1984, when he reached the endzone 7 times. Gajan's playing career was cut short by various injuries.

Prior to his NFL career, Gajan played 4 years in the backfield at LSU. Over his career he racked up over 1,500 career rushing yards and 8 total touchdowns. He also helped LSU to a victory in the 1979 Tangerine Bowl, where he rushed 7 times for 17 yards.

By the year 2000, Gajan had joined Jim Henderson in the Saints radio booth, where he brought his Louisiana humor to the broadcasts.

Gajan was 56-years-old.