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Pro Bowler Thomas Morstead to lead kickoff in several ways for Saints finale


January 1, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) prior to kickoff of a game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

As the New Orleans Saints head into their final game of the season against the Carolina Panthers, 2013 Pro Bowl selection punter Thomas Morstead will lead the Saints off in possibly two ways.

Of course Morstead handles the opening kickoff duties for the Black and Gold if they don’t win the opening coin toss or decide to defer to the second half, but this time he’ll help kickoff the crowd emotionally as well.

He announced yesterday that he has been selected to lead the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the “Who Dat Chant.”  It’s a tradition the Saints started after their Super Bowl victory going into the 2010 season.

A different member of the team is selected each home game after the coin toss to begin the chant.  The player goes to the 30 yard-line of the North endzone and raises their arm to signal the crowd, then drops it to start.  The crowd then repeats three times at the top of their lungs,

"Who Dat?  Who Dat?  Who Dat say gonna beat them Saints?"

After repeating the chant the third time, the entire crowd yells as loud as they can as the song, “The Saints Are Coming” is played.  It is the same version covered by Green Day and U2 that was played when the Superdome reopened on September 25, 2006 after Hurricane Katrina.

So far the loudest chants have come when the Saints opened the first game of the 2010 season against the Minnesota Vikings and when former safety Steve Gleason who is battling ALS lead the chant on September 25, 2011 against the Houston Texans.

The Gleason lead chant was significant because it marked the 5 year anniversary of when he infamously blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in the Saints first home game back in the renovated Superdome.