The New Orleans Saints will celebrate their historic 50 seasons of football throughout the 2016 NFL campaign
On November 1, 1966, the National Football League awarded the 16th franchise to New Orleans. On January 9, 1967, the franchise was named the Saints. Just over eight months later on September 17, 1967, the Saints first kicked off in the regular season at Tulane Stadium in front of 80,879 fans in a 27-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, in a contest where RB John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. In 1985, the club was purchased by Benson and two seasons later in 1987, the Saints won their last nine games to finish 12-3 with the team’s first winning season and also qualified for the playoffs for the first time. In 2000, the club won their first playoff game, a 31-28 victory over the St. Louis Rams in the Superdome on December 30.
The 2009 season was the franchise’s finest as they won their first 13 games and went on to run through the playoffs, capped by a 31-17 win in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 in South Florida. The club has a Ring of Honor with four players (K Morten Andersen, LB Rickey Jackson, QB Archie Manning and T William Roaf) and three executives and players (President/General Manager Jim Finks, Jackson and Roaf) who made significant contributions to the franchise and are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Other highlights of the 50th Season celebration include the ability for fans to tell their Saints stories through the team’s website and social media channels, charitable and community events, commemorations of Saints landmarks and history and in-stadium entertainment highlighting the team’s history and special moments. The hashtag #Saints50 will be used to celebrate the campaign on social media.