Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing the levees to break and flood the city of New Orleans. That forced many of the residents out of the city, never to return again, but luckily, some have been able to return.
There were talks of moving the NFL’s New Orleans Saints to California, but that never happened. The team stayed. The fans stayed. The passion stayed. Ten years later, the city has been rebuilt and is stronger than ever before with a Super Bowl championship banner hanging high in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
SI.com shared a message that the Saints recorded, thanking the fans for believing in them and always supporting them no matter what. It was a pretty emotional video and a great way for the team to show their appreciation for what the fans and citizens did to help rebuild the city and team.
Who could ever forget the blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown in the Saints’ first game back in New Orleans? Or what about the field goal in overtime that sent the team to its first ever Super Bowl? How about Tracy Porter’s interception return for a touchdown that sealed the win for the Saints in the Super Bowl?
There have been all kinds of memories made since the Saints returned to the Superdome, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The Saints are far from done making memories, but they wouldn’t be possible if not for the fans building a strong bond around them.
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