New Orleans was awarded a franchise on All Saints Day in 1966, thus they were appropriately named them the New Orleans Saints. But Saints fans certainly didn’t look favorably on the team, because they did not having a winning record until their 21st season.
But not until the mid-1980s, only after Hall of Fame General Manager Jim Finks along with Coach Jim Mora, turned the Saints into winning team. From 1987 to 1992, the team advanced to the playoffs four times and won the NFC Western Division in 1991.
New Orleans would still struggle once in the postseason having trouble getting the ever elusive win. In 2006 the Saints hired coach Sean Payton and signed a quarterback named Drew Brees as a free agent from the Chargers, and by 2009, the Saints had reached the top of the football world with a victory in Super Bowl XLIV.
There are many deserving players in the Saints Hall of Fame, with names like Archie Manning, Ricky Jackson and Sam Mills the long tradition of quality talent deserving of the honor just got a little longer with this years nominee, former pro bowl wide receiver Joe Horn.
Joe Horn who played for the Saints from 2000 to 2006, and still holds several Saints records. He signed a one day contract with the Saints last year so he could retire with the team that brought him so much success.
That says allot about who Joe Horn is, along with what type of organization that the New Orleans Saints are. Also worth mentioning is that Joe Horn was also selected as part of the All Time Saints Team.
The Hall of Fame celebrated the accomplishments of Dan Simmons Head Equipment Manger & Silky Powell, the assistant Equipment Manager’s who were the first co-recipients of the Gemelli Award, which is named for its first recipient, the late New Orleans clothing store owner and prototypical Saints fan – Joe Gemelli.
Silky was once offered a job with the USFL, but then Saints head coach Bum Phillips said, as Powell recalled, “Silk, you’re in the National Football League. This is the finest place in the world to be. You’re working for a great organization. What do you want to go and try that for?” So he didn’t take the job.
WHO DAT LOVES THEM SAINTS!! WE DO GEAUX SAINTS…