The New Orleans Saints came into existence ahead of the 1967 NFL season after the league granted the city a franchise. They derive the name from the city and a calling card of the city’s culture. i.e. Jazz. The name “Saints” came from the Louis Armstrong melody “When the Saints go marching in.”
The song is used as chants at the team’s home stadiums, which have changed twice. The Saints made their NFL bow at the Tulane Stadium before moving to the Superdome where they are based even in the 2020 NFL season.
In the 2005 NFL season, New Orleans had to play their share of home games in New York’s Giants Stadium, San Antonio’s Alamodome, and the LSU Tigers’ Tiger Stadium.
In keeping with the Saints theme, the club’s official launch date was on November 1, known as All-Saints day.
The New Orleans Saints entered the ranks of professional football for the 1967 NFL season. Right from their first game, they retained their black and gold colors. The New Orleans Saints endured two decades of failure and couldn’t make a mark.
They claimed a first divisional title nearly a quarter of a century after making their NFL bow. This didn’t prove to be the kick they needed as they slipped back into oblivion. The Saints ended the 90s with a combined 15-33 record in the 1997, 1998, and 1999 NFL seasons.
The turn of the century brought about the winds of change for ‘The Black and Gold’. After just a solitary post-season appearance, the franchise has transformed into playoff regulars.
Led by long time New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and Head Coach Sean Payton led outfit features in the NFC South alongside Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gayle Benson is the owner of the New Orleans Saints and NBA side New Orleans Pelicans. She took over the position after her husband Tom Benson died in 2018.
The businessman paid $70 million for the team ahead of the 1985 NFL season.
Benson’s primary aim was to ensure the city had a football team as the previous owners wished to cut their losses. The party interested in the purchase may have moved the team away from its base, which did not sit well with Benson, who took matters into his own hands.
At the time of the purchase, the Saints had yet to make it past the regular season in 18 attempts. Under Benson, the franchise’s fortunes changed as they made it to two playoffs in the next five seasons.
The New Orleans Saints have won the Super Bowl XLIV title for the 2009 NFL season. They beat the Indianapolis Colts – to follow up their maiden Conference Championship win and bring football’s biggest prize to the state of Louisiana for the first time.
Besides the solitary Vincent Lombardi Trophy triumph, the franchise has claimed the divisional title eight times. Furthermore, they have made it to the playoffs 13 times, with eight of these appearances coming after Drew Brees signed with the team ahead of the 2006 NFL season.
Their stronghold on the NFC South since 2002 exhibits the formidable unit they are. Despite sustained dominance in the new millennium, the New Orleans Saints are yet to produce a regular-season NFL MVP winner.
Nine individuals associated with the New Orleans Saints are part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The New Orleans Saints’ logo has changed in the NFL seasons that they have been in football. However, the central theme signifying the Fleur-de-lis.
For 33 years from 1967 to 1999, the Fleur-de-lis was black with a tracing of white within the structure.
In the year 2000, the New Orleans Saints introduced their primary color gold to replace the huge chunk of black in the middle.
The dark shade of gold became brighter ahead of the 2002 NFL season. After nine seasons with the crest, the Saints lightened the logo further in 2012. Ahead of the 2017 NFL season, the New Orleans Saints introduced their fifth logo. It featured a unique tinge of gold previously unseen on their logos.
The New Orleans Saints have a 53-player roster for the 2020 NFL season. This comprises three quarterbacks, three running backs, six wide receivers, four tight ends, eight offensive linemen, ten defensive linemen, five linebackers, eleven defensive backs, and three special teams players.
|Quarterbacks||9 Drew Brees |
7 Taysom Hill
2 Jameis Winston
|Running Backs||32 Michael Burton FB |
41 Alvin Kamara
28 Latavius Murray
24 Dwayne Washington
|Wide Receivers||12 Marquez Callaway |
16 Bennie Fowler
11 Deonte Harris RS
17 Emmanuel Sanders
10 Tre’Quan Smith
13 Michael Thomas
|Tight Ends||87 Jared Cook |
45 Garrett Griffin
89 Josh Hill
82 Adam Trautman
|Offensive linemen||72 Terron Armstead T |
62 Nick Easton G
73 Ethan Greenidge T
68 Derrick Kelly II G
78 Erik McCoy C
75 Andrus Peat G
71 Ryan Ramczyk T
51 Cesar Ruiz G
|Defensive linemen||90 Malcom Brown DT |
92 Marcus Davenport DE
96 Carl Granderson DE
91 Trey Hendrickson DE
95 Margus Hunt DT
94 Cameron Jordan DE
93 David Onyemata DT
98 Sheldon Rankins DT
97 Malcolm Roach DT
99 Shy Tuttle DT
|linebackers||47 Alex Anzalone MLB |
53 Zack Baun OLB
56 Demario Davis OLB
55 Kaden Elliss OLB
52 Craig Robertson MLB
|Defensive backs||25 Ken Crawley CB |
22 C. J. Gardner-Johnson SS
48 J. T. Gray SS
34 Justin Hardee CB
20 Janoris Jenkins CB
27 Malcolm Jenkins SS
23 Marshon Lattimore CB
21 Patrick Robinson CB
36 D. J. Swearinger FS
43 Marcus Williams FS
26 P. J. Williams FS
|Special teams||3 Wil Lutz K |
6 Thomas Morstead P
49 Zach Wood LS
|Head Coach||Sean Payton|
|Location/Stadium||Mercedes Benz Superdome, Louisiana|
|Championships||Conference championships (1) |
Division championships (8)
West: 1991, 2000
South: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019
|Super Bowl||2009 (XLIV)|
|Official website||New Orleans Saints|
|Mascot||Gumbo, Sir Saint|