When anybody speaks about the New Orleans Saints, the memories of the great Drew Brees, one of the best quarterbacks to play the game of football comes to mind, but the NFL’s Louisiana based team is much more than that. With a fan base that is considered by many football experts and connoisseurs as one of the best and most loyal in the league, a charisma and feeling of magic around the team that could very well be explained through all of the voodoo beliefs in the city of New Orleans and a fighting attitude for every game they play, the Saints are one of the NFL’s most personable and liked teams.
While at first, if you were to look at the history of the New Orleans Saints, you would probably find a team that didn’t really amount to anything in the first years of their tenure in the league. Being founded in 1967, it took the team 20 years to make it to the playoffs for the first time and from there another 13 years, until the year 2000 to win their first playoff game ever. Then as the NFL welcomed the 21st century, with it came a much necessary and welcomed facelift for the Saints. It was then and especially after landing QB Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton that the team started playing the best football it has showcased since their founding in 1966.
With Brees leading the team on the field, Payton calling the shots on the sideline and the team’s relationship with their fanbase growing stronger and stronger as time continued to pass, the Saints went from being an afterthought to becoming one of the most dangerous teams not only in the NFC but in the NFL in general. With a win in Super Bowl XLIV as their only world title, the Saints are still considered by many as one of the premier squads in the NFC.
Now, with Jameis Winston calling the shots at QB and with a changing generation of players, the stigma in New Orleans remains the same, winning at all cost and continuing to have one of the most loyal fanbases in the league. With their battle song being the spiritual anthem “When The Saint Go Marching In”, opposing teams all over know that whenever the New Orleans Saints go marching in on the field, some very strong football is about to be played.
After spending years having one of the absolute best quarterbacks to ever play the game, Drew Brees as the leader of their offense, the New Orleans Saints saw themselves in the position of having to start all over and find a new franchise QB for the future once Brees decided to call it a career and ride off into the horizon. Even before Brees retired, the idea of finding a suitable replacement for him was something that New Orleans took with a certain level of seriousness. Between 2018 and 2020, the last three seasons in which Brees played, QB Teddy Bridgewater and TE/QB dual threat Taysom Hill also tried his luck at trying to become the Saints’ answer for the foreseeable future at the QB position.
It was in 2021 where it can be said that the question around who would be the New Orleans Saints quarterback was finally answered with the addition of former NCAA champion and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston. Now, for 2022 it is expected for Winston to be the starting QB for New Orleans, with Andy Dalton as backup and Ian Book as the third-string option.
The 2009 NFL season that is remembered by all New Orleans Saints as the best in the history of their beloved franchise. In said season, which has been depicted by Saints fans and followers as the best in regards to connection between the team and their loyal fanbase, especially when considering everything the city of New Orleans went through after the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused, the Saints managed to finish the regular season with a 13-3 record, automatically pinning them as favorites in the NFC for a title run.
Led by Drew Brees in the prime of his career, the Saints were able to beat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game which then led them to an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV against Peyton Manning’s Colts. Brees and the Saints still pushed through and managed to score a convincing and emotional win by 31-17 to secure their first and only Super Bowl title in the team’s history.
The New Orleans Saints are owned by Gayle Benson, the wife of former Saints Owner Tom Benson who owned the team from 1985 until his passing in 2018. Benson, who is a New Orleans native also owns the New Orleans Pelicans from the NBA as well making her one of the sole women in the world of American sports to have an ownership stakes in teams from both the
NFL and the NBA.
Ever since taking over the ownership position in the team, the Saints managed to win their division in three straight seasons, from 2018 to 2020, making it all the way to the NFC title game in 2018.
The New Orleans Saints had their only Super Bowl win happen in 2009 at Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Led by Drew Brees, the Saints were able to edge out Peyton Manning and the Colts by a score of 31-17 in a game that was depicted as the second most watched TV show in history, including other sporting events and other events and shows in general.
It has been said that this win holds an even more important value for the New Orleans Saints and their ever so loyal fanbase as it felt like the resurgence of the city of New Orleans after the havoc and devastation that Hurricane Katrina left in the town.