Many cities in the U.S. are crazy about their football teams, but the Saints are extra special to New Orleanians.
Most everyone in the region considers football another religion and they accept the Saints as their saviors. In fact, so much so, that the Archbishop wore a Drew Brees Saints jersey under his robe while performing a “black & gold mass” the day after the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009. The Archbishop was so moved by the Saints’ victory, that he even got the Vatican’s approval to fly the Saints Super Bowl championship flag from St. Louis Cathedral in place of the papal flag that day! Since then, flying the Saints flag from St. Louis Cathedral, in the heart of the French Quarter, for one day, has become an annual tradition.
The 2009 Super Bowl game brought all New Orleanians together as they watched a history making event….for the first time in 44 years the Saints claimed the Super Bowl! The Saint’s organization used that momentum & national recognition in countless charitable ways to support the city of New Orleans’ continued struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. All recognize & appreciate how much our home team has done for our city & that gratitude will always remain.