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A Fan's Reflections of the Super Bowl Victory

2/8/10 in NFL   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

The New Orleans Saints are the Super Bowl Champions. It still hasn’t completely sunk in with me yet. I have to be honest, I cried tears of joy once the clock went 0:00. I’ve been a Saints fan from my childhood. I’ve endured quite a few lean years since my fandom began. I watched people come to games with paper bags over their heads. I constantly heard people call them the “Aints”. For a long time, that’s exactly what they were. I watched them go through quarterback after quarterback after quarterback. I watched the Saints perennial lack of balance. When they had a great defense (The Dome Patrol was one of the best defensive units ever), Their offense was average. When they had explosive offense, they couldn’t stop anyone on defense.   I watched Jim Mora choke in the playoffs (ya kiddin me? Playoffs?). I remember meeting Willie Roaf. I remember Eric Martin, Dalton Hilliard, Bobby Hebert, Toi Cook, Sammy Knight, Tyrone Hughes, and so on. I remember when we were made of iron. I remember coming to the realization that the iron was really aluminum when Mike Ditka traded the draft (The Washington Redskins approved) for Ricky Marley Williams. I remember more bad drafts – Jonathan Sullivan, Irv Smith, Alex Molden, Heath Shuler, Danny Wuerfell, etc. I remember the first playoff win of the franchise. I remember when Katrina hit and the Superdome became a place of residency for thousands of displaced New Orleanians. I remember the nomadic 2005 season, that brought us thirteen more losses, a “home game” in New Jersey, and Tom Benson nearly going Buddy Ryan on a reporter in Tiger Stadium. I remember the 2006 offseason, when Miami said No to Drew Brees and we said yes. I remember Reggie Bush “falling” to us at #2 (by his own admission he hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he is still one of the most versatile players in the game and extremely dangerous in space). I remember the Saints drafting Marques Colston, four picks away from Mr. Irrelevant and saying “Who?” I remember the return to the Superdome September 25, 2006. I was in the building. I remember saying to my father and godbrother that Steve Gleason’s blocked punt and Curtis Deloatch’s return was the greatest moment in Saints history. I remember the joy that came to the region when the Saints made the NFC Title game, and the disappointment that followed when they lost. I remember the two mediocre seasons that followed that year, filled with mediocre defense, poor pass coverage, and a lack of turnovers. I remember the 2009 offseason, that brought us Darren Sharper and a little known (to me at the time at least) Jabari Greer. I remember the 13-0 start, the 3 straight losses, and all of the people that jumped off the bandwagon following those losses (especially the one to Tampa Bay). I remember the Saints defeating two Hall of Fame quarterbacks to make it to Super Sunday, and I remember them defeating a third to bring the Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans for the first time. This win is inspiring for me as a fan and personally. When people count you out, if you continue to persevere and strive towards excellence, you will achieve your goal. The Saints came together as a team and bought into the team concept. Mickey Loomis has put excellent pieces in place and has brought in a lot of guys that other teams didn’t want. Darren Sharper was thought to be washed up by plenty of teams. Their leading rusher the last two seasons (Pierre Thomas) is an undrafted free agent. The player who recovered the onside kick (Jonathan Casillas) is also an undrafted free agent. Marques Colston was nearly Mr. Irrelevant. Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans was a fourth round pick out of Bloomsburg. Lance Moore couldn’t crack the practice squad with a lot of teams. Courtney Roby was cast aside by of all teams, the Indianapolis Colts. Drew Brees was overlooked by a lot of teams based on his injury. Even head coach Sean Payton was once demoted on the job when he was with the Giants. I wish my grandfather, my best friend, and my cousin (who passed Friday) would have been here to see this. It was also very fitting that Tracy Porter, the Port Allen, LA native helped punch our ticket to the Super Bowl and sealed the win with critical interceptions, and that Devery Henderson, the Opelousas, LA native (believe it or not this guy was a HB when he first came to LSU) led the Saints in receptions during the playoffs.   It doesn’t get more Louisiana (or should I say LaBREESiana) than that. With that being said, this win helps the morale of the region, but don’t be fooled like some of the analysts and think that this solves all of the problems that occurred because of Katrina. The Gulf Coast region is still in rebuild mode, we’re still pushing to get back where we need to be. But if we have the same type of perseverance that the New Orleans Saints have, we will get there. Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, who by the way advanced to the Super Bowl with Garrett Hartley making a 40 yard field goal 4:44 into overtime and won it with a 4th down stop with 0:44 left in the game, in Super Bowl XLIV of course. Enjoy and savor this victory Who Dat Nation Members! Let’s do it again next year! Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? Nobody this season!
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8/25/10   |   justoffun

the defense help saints a lot ,saints jerseys are now so popluar

2/10/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

HolyRollin wrote:
 People like you are an inspiration for me to better myself every day, WhoDat. Thank you.

Thanks a lot my friend

2/9/10   |   HolyRollin   |   204 respect

 People like you are an inspiration for me to better myself every day, WhoDat. Thank you.

2/8/10   |   Drummer99   |   4020 respect

Wow! George, this article is GREAT! I've been a fan since 1967 as well, and you got it totally right.

My Condolences for your Family losses. God bless.

2/8/10   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Thanks a lot. I think thats one of the things that hasn't been talked about enough is that there are a lot of quality people on the Saints. They don't just excel on the field, they excel as people. Several players donate time and money to help the community, and they really bought into the team concept. There was no drama in the media from any of the backs saying they should get more carries, none of the wide receivers got their Keyshawn Johnson on and asked for the damn ball, and more importantly they stayed clear of off field trouble (sans Bobby McCray). One of the more touching moments was watching Drew Brees celebrate with his son.

I concur with your observation of Brees and son. My wife and I were laughing because his son seems so inquisitive and Brees is just crying and telling him about what's going on...and crying some more....great stuff.

2/8/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

jerryyelverton wrote:
 Great article George... I have been a Saints fan since the 94 yard opening kickoff return by John Gilliam in 1967. There are no words to describe how I feel right now after all the agonizing seasons we have endured. Thanks for putting into an article the multitude of emotions that all true Saints fans are experiencing with this ride to the championship.

And this ride ain't over yet!!!

I'm all out of respect so  to all of you thank you so much for your comments. I am glad that yall enjoyed reading this article because I defintely enjoyed writing it.  Jerry my friend, you are an original member of the Who Dat Nation. Kudos to you and I know you are loving the moment. Enjoy it!

2/8/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

jerryyelverton wrote:
 Great article George... I have been a Saints fan since the 94 yard opening kickoff return by John Gilliam in 1967. There are no words to describe how I feel right now after all the agonizing seasons we have endured. Thanks for putting into an article the multitude of emotions that all true Saints fans are experiencing with this ride to the championship.

And this ride ain't over yet!!!

I'm all out of respect so  to all of you thank you so much for your comments. I am glad that yall enjoyed reading this article because I defintely enjoyed writing it.  Jerry my friend, you are an original member of the Who Dat Nation. Kudos to you and I know you are loving the moment. Enjoy it!

2/8/10   |   jerryyelverton   |   165 respect

 Great article George... I have been a Saints fan since the 94 yard opening kickoff return by John Gilliam in 1967. There are no words to describe how I feel right now after all the agonizing seasons we have endured. Thanks for putting into an article the multitude of emotions that all true Saints fans are experiencing with this ride to the championship.

And this ride ain't over yet!!!

2/8/10   |   wcsportsfan   |   48 respect

Congratulations Who DAT Nation, I remember my niners winning their first after years of frustration, Enjoy it!!!!!

2/8/10   |   gau13   |   217 respect

By the way, that was a very well written article.  Congrats man and I have a feeling that your Saints will be at the top of the pack for a while especially with Brees at Quarterback.

2/8/10   |   gau13   |   217 respect

The Saints sure deserved this for a while now.  I has got to be a great feeling for everyone down in New Orleans to be able to finally be World Champs.  The NFL world better watch out because these Saints are here to stay and they will be at the top for quite a while.  Congrats to the Saints and all there fans.  You all deserve it!!!!

2/8/10   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Congrats to you sir and all Saints fans, and thank you for sharing this with us. 

2/8/10   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Captain, thanks for the condolonces. And you're right, we'll never be the Aints again!
WBK thanks for the kind sentiment. I try to be the best person I can be every day

That is my prayer every morning, "Lord, help me be a better person, and give me the strength to raise my kids."  I am happy for you and all Saints fans everywhere. I was in New Orleans about 3 weeks before Katrina, and I saw the pictures of the Super Dome afterwards. It was so sad. Not any more. The Saints are just what the city needs. They are a great inspiration. Enjoy basking in the glow, my friend. 

2/8/10   |   heelfan811   |   14934 respect

Man, that was an article written from the heart of a TRUE and WELL VERSED Saints fan!  WhoDat12, you know I'm a Falcons fan...however, you've made me have a small part of my "sports heart" for your beloved Saints...wow, I can't believe I said that!!  But seriously, this was a huge boost to some hurting people that are still feeling the effects of Katrina! REAL TALK!

2/8/10   |   Luweezyana   |   20 respect

Very well done...and the Super Bowl/Mardi Gras party begins and who knows when it will end...

2/8/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

WBKsports wrote:
 I liked it when you said, " I remember the Saints defeating two Hall of Fame quarterbacks to make it to Super Sunday, and I remember them defeating a third to bring the Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans for the first time. This win is inspiring for me as a fan and personally." 

Warner, Favre, and Manning all have Rings, so Brees had to go through guys who already had won a Super Bowl as well...It is truly inspiring, and I believe Drew will end up in the Hall of Fame as well.

Drew definitely will be deserving of a spot in Canton once its all said & done. And not only did the Saints beat three Hall of Fame QB's to win the championship, they beat three Hall of Famers who had previously won Super Bowls and had appeared in six combined Super Bowls. The franchise had no previous Super Bowl experience, only four players had previous SB experience, yet they were able to pull of a memorable win. Kramer I got a little choked up writing this article, so I know what you mean. And thanks Marcus, fellow Who Dat Nation Member

2/8/10   |   marcus_nyce   |   26012 respect

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That was a great piece.

2/8/10   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

I'm sorry to hear about your losses, but once again congratulations!  I have to admit I got a little choked up reading this article.

2/8/10   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

 I liked it when you said, " I remember the Saints defeating two Hall of Fame quarterbacks to make it to Super Sunday, and I remember them defeating a third to bring the Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans for the first time. This win is inspiring for me as a fan and personally." 

Warner, Favre, and Manning all have Rings, so Brees had to go through guys who already had won a Super Bowl as well...It is truly inspiring, and I believe Drew will end up in the Hall of Fame as well.

2/8/10   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

This is BY FAR one of the best i've read on the Q.  Thank you, George, for sharing this with us.  My sincere condolences for your losses, and my congratulations to you and all the Saints fans.   I was so impressed by the Saint's play, their calmness and perseverance.  The DESERVED this win.  I know your loved ones who weren't able to be here to witness the victory with you are, as WBK says, celebrating nonetheless.

I don't think I have EVER enjoyed a Super Bowl victory as much as I have Super Bowl XLIV (well except maybe for '92 when I thought I might give premature birth to my son)

2/8/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

WBKsports wrote:
 Thank you George...You go way beyond being the best person you can be everyday because you treat others the best way you can everyday as well . It's been a fun ride discussing all the hundreds of possibilities that might have happened this season in the NFL with you, and now it's your time to shine man!!! Go Saints!!!

Thanks a lot. I think thats one of the things that hasn't been talked about enough is that there are a lot of quality people on the Saints. They don't just excel on the field, they excel as people. Several players donate time and money to help the community, and they really bought into the team concept. There was no drama in the media from any of the backs saying they should get more carries, none of the wide receivers got their Keyshawn Johnson on and asked for the damn ball, and more importantly they stayed clear of off field trouble (sans Bobby McCray). One of the more touching moments was watching Drew Brees celebrate with his son.

2/8/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I can't believe you were sober enough to write this.

Seriously though, congratulations!

LOL Neither can I

2/8/10   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Captain, thanks for the condolonces. And you're right, we'll never be the Aints again!
WBK thanks for the kind sentiment. I try to be the best person I can be every day

 Thank you George...You go way beyond being the best person you can be everyday because you treat others the best way you can everyday as well . It's been a fun ride discussing all the hundreds of possibilities that might have happened this season in the NFL with you, and now it's your time to shine man!!! Go Saints!!!

2/8/10   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I can't believe you were sober enough to write this.

Seriously though, congratulations!

2/8/10   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Captain, thanks for the condolonces. And you're right, we'll never be the Aints again!
WBK thanks for the kind sentiment. I try to be the best person I can be every day

thats all we can be man.

2/8/10   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Captain, thanks for the condolonces. And you're right, we'll never be the Aints again!
WBK thanks for the kind sentiment. I try to be the best person I can be every day

2/8/10   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

 Although some of those people in your life are not here anymore, they are upstairs hungover after partying all night in Heaven's Super Bowl Victory Party for the Saints. You're a good man George...You're always pumped about your teams, and you care about the lives of other fans around the Q. This championship is well deserved for the Saints, and Saints fans everywhere. Enjoy this for a lifetime man!

The city of New Orleans is back forever!!!!

2/8/10   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

Hell yeah man - great Article, and sorry to hear of your losses - especially one so close to the SB.

I also have been a fan since the 80's. as I am only 33, i would say i have been a Saints fan for about 27 years. I have 3 jerseys, a hat from every season. autographed Helmets, tickets and the like. i have never turned my back on my team, and always felt we would win a superbowl - but i didn't really believe it would happen in my lifetime.
I also had tears of Joy last night when the clock hit 00. for me the win is bittersweet as my father is in the Hospital recovering from a 2nd Heart attack in a week. he watched the game from the ICU area of the hospital. he wasn't the biggest football fan, but he was a Saints fan with me - and went to some home games.

I am proud that he got to see them win a Championship.

WHo Dat to all the Saints Fans - its been a Hell of a Ride this year - and look forward to proudly saying im a Saints fan - and not having people chuckle and call them Aints.

Aints no more - were Champions