March 14, 2006: The Day The Saints Got Tired Of Losing

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints talks to his team in the huddle against the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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            Football is like any other game. There's winners and There's losers. And the city that never knew what it was like to be a winner just found out.

       After so much losing most fans would have gave up. However these were not most fans. They never gave up. And even if they had to wear bags over their heads, the fans went just as crazy for the New Orleans Aint's as they do for their Saints.

         Then on March 14, 2006 something changed.

        The Saints were officially tired of losing.

        They went out and signed Drew Brees: the Pro Bowl QB that nobody wanted. That same offseason they went out and got former Cowboys assistant coach Sean Payton to be their head coach.

        And on April 6, 2006 one of the most important games in New Orleans Saints history was played. On Monday Night Football the Saints won their return to the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. The stadium was electric all game, and they were the feel good story of the league.

        They finished that season at 10-6, and made their first NFC Championship Game in Franchise history.

        After two middle of the pack seasons in '07 and '08(Which were still more exciting then past seasons) people started asking.

   Will they ever take a Super Bowl home for New Orleans?

        The answer was yes. Behind Sean Payton and Drew Brees they did it. They were far from perfect and didn't always win pretty, but they just won baby. Whether it was a Reggie Bush punt return or a Darren Sharper pick 6 they found ways to win.

        They didnt do it behind a team of standouts like the Cowboys.They did it with a team of players that nobody wanted.

       They did it with 7th round pick Marques Colston.

       They did it with washed up saftey Darren Sharper

       They did it with misfit Tight End Jeremey Shockey

       And most of all: They did it with "risky" Drew Brees and unheard of coach Sean Payton

      Ever since that day New Orleans has never quite been the same.

     March 14, 2006: the day the Saints were finally tired of losing. And did something about it.