Who Dat?  Who Dat? Who Dat say the Saints are 45 years old? We say dat!

The New Orleans Saints celebrated its 45 anniversary of the start of the franchise yesterday.

Here is a little history:

45 years ago Tuesday, the National Football League awarded the 16th franchise to New Orleans as NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle made the announcement at New Orleans’ Pontchartrain Hotel.

The New Orleans States-Item headline that afternoon was “N.O. Goes Pro!”

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

The Saints were founded on November 1, 1966 as an expansion team and played their home games at Tulane Stadium through the 1974 season. Their early record was marked by a lack of success; they went more than a decade before they managed to finish a season with a .500 record, two decades before having a winning season, and over four decades before finally reaching the Super Bowl. The team's first successful stretch was from 1987–1992, when the team made the playoffs four times and had winning records in the non-playoff seasons. In the 2000 season, the Saints defeated the then-defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams for the team's first playoff win.

The Saints had their most successful season in 2009, this time winning the game and their first conference championship to send them to their first Super Bowl appearance. At Super Bowl 44, the Saints won the city of New Orleans its first World Championship, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31–17.

Source:  Wikipedia

Happy to our beloved New Orleans Saints!!!