Saints Thank City of New Orleans on 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (Video)

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The Saints have a connection to the city of New Orleans unlike almost any in sports. Part of this is because, for a long time, the Saints were the only major pro sports team in the city. But part of this is due to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.

When the hurricane struck, the Superdome was used as a temporary shelter for folks who lost their homes. Combined with the damage done to the stadium by the storms and flooding, the Saints—like so many of the city’s other inhabitants—were forced to temporarily relocate to another city.

However, in 2006, the Saints returned to New Orleans with a new quarterback in Drew Brees, who helped rebuild the team and the city, both literally and metaphorically. And three years later, in what was surely the most symbolic championship victory in the history of the NFL, the New Orleans Saints completed their resurrection by winning Super Bowl XLIV.

As you’re probably aware, given the glut of retrospectives in the media, this past weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

How did the Saints mark the anniversary? By thanking their home town for supporting them throughout the rebuilding process.

And during Sunday’s preseason game against the Texans, coach Sean Payton, who took over as coach in 2006, wore a “Katrina X” shirt.

Of course, I’m sure a lot of New Orleans residents would probably like to thank the Saints, too—for coming back to New Orleans, and for giving the city something to rally behind.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]

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