The Best New Orleans Saints Not In the Pro Football Hall Of Fame (Defense)

February 18, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Thanks to the tireless efforts of David Dixon, the Saints were born in the Big Easy in 1967. Dixon, who was also the creator of the Louisiana Superdome and the United States Football League (USFL), would bring the team their first winning season 20 years later because of his USFL connections.
New Orleans had to exude patience those first few decades because their team consistently struggled like no other in the NFL. They won just 46 of their first 165 games until their first .500 season in 1979.
Things got so bad for the team's fans that they started wearing paper bags over their heads during games. They called the team the "Aint's." Though the team had lost much more than they had won, there are moments of history to acknowledge on the New Orleans gridiron.
In 1970, a kicker named Tom Dempsey set an NFL record by making a 63-yard field goal. This record still stands today. Archie Manning endured years of beatings at the quarterback position, but his 1979 season saw...

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