New Orleans Saints Facts

New Orleans Saints Facts
The New Orleans Saints is a professional football team founded in 1967 by John W. Mecom Jr. and David Dixon. They are based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and are members of the National Football League. Approval for the team was awarded in 1966 and it was named after the famous jazz song often identified with New Orleans called 'When the Saints Go Marching In'. The team's announcement and its name revealed on November 1st, also known as All Saints' Day in the Catholic church. Originally the team was a member of the Eastern Conference but in 1970 became a member of the National Football Conference West; today the team is a member of the National Football Conference South (since 2002).
Interesting New Orleans Saints Facts:
The first game played by the New Orleans Saints was on September 17th, at Tulane Stadium.
The first touchdown scored by a New Orleans Saints' player happened during their first game as a franchise in 1967.
The New Orleans Saints team colors are black and old gold.
The logo of the New Orleans Saints is the fleur-de-lis.
In 1974 the New Orleans Saints moved from the Tulane Stadium to the Louisiana Superdome. Eventually the stadium was renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, after Mercedes-Benz bought the naming rights of the stadium.
The New Orleans Saints made the playoffs for the first time in 1987.
In 1971 the New Orleans Saints drafted Archie Manning, which proved to be an excellent pick. He was a star quarterback for the Saints. Archie had three sons, two of which became professional football players as well - Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. His third son Cooper would have been a professional football player as well if he had not been diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
In 1978 Saints' quarterback Archie Manning won the NFCs Most Valuable Player, Player of the Year, and Offensive MVP awards.
In 1987 Saints' General Manager won NFL Executive of the Year award and Head Coach Jim Mora won NFC's Coach of the Year award.
Tom Benson became the owner of the New Orleans Saints in 1985. As of this writing (2014) he is still the owner of the Saints.
Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage to the Superdome in 2005. The Saints had to move the rest of their games to other stadiums. The Saints' Superdome was used for emergency shelter during the hurricane.
Following Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints did not play again at their Superdome until their first home game of the 2006 season. They beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-3.
The New Orleans Saints played in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7th, 2010 for the 2009 season. They beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.
In 2001 the New Orleans Saints became the first NFL team to wear black jerseys and pants in a game against the Carolina Panthers.
In 1999 the Saints traded every draft pick they had for the rights to Ricky Williams - a University of Texas running back.
As of this writing the New Orleans Saints have won 1 Super Bowl Championship, 1 NFC Conference Championship, 5 NFC Division Championships, and have made 10 Playoff appearances.


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