New Orleans Saints ’10 Years Stronger’ project is a big win


From Steve Gleason‘s blocked punt in 2006 to Garrett Hartley‘s game-winning overtime field goal that sent the New Orleans Saints to their first ever Super Bowl, fans across the Who Dat Nation voted for their favorite plays from the past ten years since the Mercedes-Benz Superdome reopened following the city’s devastation by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

Presented by Mercedes-Benz, the Saints launched the ‘10 Years Stronger‘ program on August 19 to help fans relive those memories from over the past decade, with four of their favorite plays being highlighted at home games this season.

This past Sunday when the New Orleans Saints hosted the Tennessee Titans, it was Garrett Hartley’s field goal that was recognized.  Of course, most Saints fans remember the chills running through their bodies when that football went through the uprights, a play that punched the Black and Gold’s ticket to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.

New Orleans Saints defeat the Vikings in the Louisiana Superdome for the NFC Championship in Overtime.


New Orleans Saints 31 – Minn Vikings 28 (OT)

Saints are going to the Super Bowl for the first time in Team History.

“Pigs have flown! Hell has froze over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!”  Just like the kick, we’ll never forget those famous thrilling words from Jim Henderson aka “The voice of the New Orleans Saints” that night.

Unfortunately, New Orleans suffered a disappointing loss to a 1-6 Titans team Sunday.  Things could have indeed gone better that day, but thanks to Mercedes-Benz and Christina DiPietro of Taylor Strategy, a public relations partner to Mercedes-Benz based out of New York, my co-editor John Hendrix and I were able to enjoy it in the best way possible.

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We spent the game in a suite surrounded by some of New Orleans’ brightest writers, business owners, and Taylor Strategy representatives.  Accommodated with food, drinks, and good company, it was an extraordinary opportunity and one I’ll never forget.

Again, things could have gone better for the Saints on Sunday.  No fan wants to see their team that is fighting to keep playoff hopes alive suffer a loss in a must-win situation in front of a home crowd, but we made the best of it.

The 4-5 New Orleans Saints travel on the road next to take on the Washington Redskins with the opportunity to correct last week’s mistakes in hopes of once again getting back to an even .500 record.

Maybe the Black and Gold can create another memory that their dedicated and passionate fans will never forget.  Regardless, the ’10 Years Stronger’ project is a big win for the team, their fans, and of course, the great city of New Orleans.