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On the Verge of History

An undrafted running back who many joked was only playing in Louisiana and with the Saints because his name fit in with the city..Pierre..only to beat out the fourth round draft pick for a roster spot..

The defensive lineman who lost a season of football due to drug violation suspensions, who cleaned up his life and was looking for team to take a chance on him..The Saints were the only ones who did..

The emotional but talented tight end nobody wanted to face nor have on their team because he had the potential to blow up in the locker room..The Saints embraced him and he has become a team player.

Another running back who was out of the league after a dispute with his former team. He was a running back, not a fullback he said after rushing for over 1000 yards the season before. The Saints found him

A middle linebacker considered too small and weak to play in the Jets 3-4 defensive scheme. The Saints needed him.

The Pro Bowl quarterback who had a devestating shoulder injury. Doctors said he had a 25% chance of maybe playing football again. Not too many teams wanted him. Forget the odds. The Saints’ new coach needed a cornerstone to build his team on.

The safety many teams, including his former teams, thought was too old and had lost a step and is now facing his former team with a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009-2010 New Orleans Saints.

Sure, teams all over the country have similar stories like this. But no team embraces that rejection and plays with a chip on their shoulder like this Saints team. Week in and week out, this team rallys around each other, play hard for each other. Doesn’t it seem like the Saints play best when they are the underdogs?

We as New Orleanians in a way share a similar story. When they told us our franchise would fail and never make it in a post-Katrina world, we embraced the challenge. The Superdome has been sold out since the magical 2006 season. The Saints are part of the fabric of this city.

Sure, New Orleanians take pride in all things New Orleans..king cake, Mardi Gras, Harry Connick Jr. When a hurricane destroyed our city back in 2005, we needed a little reminder of home. The Saints made camp in my hometown of San Antonio and played in one of the hardest seasons a team ever had to endure. The Saints did not give up on New Orleans and New Orleans, in return, did not give up on their franchise. They embraced it.

Today the Saint are on the verge of history..they host the NFC Championship for the first time ever with a chance to go to the Super Bowl in the 41 years of the franchise’s existence.

I am lucky enough to be in the Dome for today’s game. And at some points, I will be thinking about all those Saints fans who could not be there in the Dome with me..whether they are watching the game from somewhere else in the world or from a greater place.

Because we’re all in this together.

Remember this performance? This was our finest hour three and a half years ago. Will today be our finest hour in franchise history?

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4 Responses to “On the Verge of History”

  1. mike says:

    How much did yall sinners pay 4 ya tics to da game yall. 1500 dead in katrina? shoulda bin 1500000 & wipe yas out dog. Wats bout dats nigs in hatey. May b da niggs need nigs funds ya got for da tirina weed crack fund yall. days 50K niggs dyin wit out crack smack crack coke duh Im a negro, need college fund, fundit get me my crack white ass or I’ll punch you like the nigger I was punching a white ass cause I was all cracked out and I stole his smokes, but hes a white ass cracker da same dat started katrina, and hatey, and obama started haty cause hes a crack ass an he a’n mitnit. I got a cock, crack, black we wan ow cuntry bak.

    • Chef Dat says:

      Gilbert is there a way to remove and ban this “man” You conduct yourself with such professionalism and then this guy happens to the site. Wow. Ignorance so thick i can not only smell it but kinda Taste it. Now eye can’t spel wel but maybe i can’t read either I don’t even know what this racist guy is yammering about. Mike brings a bad feel to the name Mike.

      More importantly WHooooo DAaaat and Black and Gold Super Bowl. Ok Ok
      No one has gone to the Super Bowl after loosing 3 in a row…until now.
      I have never cared about the half time show …until now. The Saints may have retired two of the best QB’s to walk the field for 47 years.
      What now? Do we actually care about winning the super bowl or are we just happy to be going?
      What do the Saints have to do to derail …who are we playing? WHO cares! Whooo Daaat

  2. Paul says:

    The Saints have their history! Thank God. Keep winning!

    Great job yesterday against the Vikings. Gotta love Brees.

    Worse though, if they do lose, watch out!

  3. Faithful Fan says:

    Though I no longer live in New Orleans, my hometown still owns my heart. Since I was seven years old and my Dad took me to my first Saints game I have been a faithful fan even when we called ourselves the ‘Aints. Still we were fans. It is hard for people to understand the magnitude of destruction that Katrina caused. They concentrate on the material destruction and forget the toll it takes on the human psyche. Saints going to the SuperBowl is a great boost to the hope of the city recovering. New Orleans has historically embraced the misfits of the world – now it is our time to shine – and show what misfits can do!

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