An event that drenched the spirits of a city also impacted the Saints franchise immensely.
As the National Guard slept in the team locker room and unspeakable acts of violence, desperation and destitution unfolded throughout the Superdome, an American city was shaken to its core.
Logistically, Hurricane Katrina forced the Saints into a gypsy season and ignited the possibility of owner Tom Benson moving the team permanently away from New Orleans.
In the end, Benson got it right and stuck by the city that deserved nothing less.
When the Saints hosted the Falcons in 2006 and reopened the Superdome, the sports world was treated to one of the more feel-good evenings in sports history.
Steve Gleason’s blocked punt in the first quarter and the subsequent scoop and score sent the Superdome into a frenzy that left even the announcers speechless for longer than I’ve ever heard a television analyst stop talking.