New Orleans Saints: Re-living the miracle of March 14th
Fourteen years ago yesterday on March 14th, the New Orleans Saints pulled off a deal that would forever change the course of the franchise’s history.
March 14th will always hold a special place in the heart of all of the New Orleans Saints’ fans’ lives. It is known as Drew Brees’ day to everyone and places associated with New Orleans or the Saints’ organization in general.
Drew Brees has been such an influential and monumental part of the Saints for so long that many don’t even remember where he came from or when he came to be a part of the historical franchise and the impact he would make.
Drew Brees played the first five years of his career in San Diego and that is really where it all started. They drafted him, and he was able to grab one Pro Bowl selection with the Chargers, but he only started two full seasons out of the five.
In 2006, the New Orleans Saints brought in Sean Payton to be the new head coach of the team. One of the first big decisions Sean Payton made was to sign a quarterback to lead the franchise for years to come.
Payton came to the Saints from the Dallas Cowboys and was a big part of the reason the Cowboys had then back up Tony Romo. After the Cowboys made it clear that Payton wasn’t going to get Romo, Payton had to move to another quarterback.
A quarterback that at that time was one that Nick Saban and the Miami Dolphins were pursuing with a passion. However, the team doctors with the Dolphins would not clear Brees to be picked up by the team.
That quarterback was Drew Brees. Little did they know at the time that the two of them would go on to be considered one of the best coach/quarterback duos in the history of the NFL.
Drew Brees would also go on to lead the New Orleans Saints to their first-ever Super Bowl victory. Over his years with the Saints, Brees has thrown for over 65,000 yards and 467 touchdowns while only throwing 184 interceptions.
March 14th will forever go down in the hearts of Saints fans likely — forever.