In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Saints fans just wanted to keep their team in New Orleans. They came out in greater numbers than ever to prove their resilience to the team, the NFL and the rest of the country. For the first time in four decades, all of the season tickets in the Superdome were sold out in 2006, even before the battered building had been put back together.
In a game known to highlight offense, the NFC will feature two of the game’s most prolific quarterbacks. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start for the NFC and will be backed up by New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. Rodgers passed for 4,463 yards with 45 touchdowns and just six interceptions. His quarterback rating of 122.5 set an NFL record. Brees, meanwhile, threw for 5,476 yards, breaking Dan Marino’s single-season record.
The Indianapolis Colts will hire Arians as their new offensive coordinator — the same position he held for the past five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers — a league source said Saturday. Arians also had been in talks with the Arizona Cardinals for their vacant quarterbacks coach position since the Steelers informed him he would not return next season. The Steelers made the announcement on Jan. 20 that Arians would not be a part of the team’s staff in 2012, officially saying that he had decided to retire. Arians later told the York Daily Record that he was told he wasn’t wanted back.
Five football standouts, led by star NFL running backs Deuce McAllister of the New Orleans Saints and Baton Rouge native Warrick Dunn, are among the eight 2012 inductees who will enter the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Phil Emery is heading back to the Bears, this time as their general manager. He will be the fifth general manager in franchise history. Emery spent the past three seasons as the Chiefs’ director of college scouting. He last served with the Bears as their area scout for seven seasons, in which he was part of a Chicago drafting effort that resulted in the selections of eight Pro Bowlers