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Overview of the New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints scored one of the most emotional Super Bowl wins in 2009, just three years after their city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The last seven years have been by far the most successful period for the Saints, who have generally struggled as a franchise. The Saints did not qualify for the playoffs or have a winning season in the first twenty years of their existence.

Statistics Overview of the New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints entered the NFL in 1967. They play their home matches at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a stadium that was badly damaged and was the home of 1000's during Hurricane Katrina. The Saints won their only Super Bowl and NFC Conference Championships in 2009. They have won their division on five occasions and have qualified for the playoffs ten times. The franchises overall record is 317-400-5 and they have a playoffs record of 7-9. The Atlanta Falcons are their biggest rivals, with the franchise trading the NFC South Divisional title in recent seasons.

Conference: NFC
Established: 1967
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (1975- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 1 (2009)
Conference Championships: 1 (2009)
Division Championships: 5 (1991, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2011)
Playoff Appearances: 10 (1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Overall Record: 317-400-5
Playoff Record: 7-9
Biggest Rivals: Atlanta Falcons
Head Coach: Sean Payton
Legenday Players: Drew Brees, Deuce McAllister, Eric Martin, Rickey Jackson

New Orleans Saints: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Drew Brees

Drew Brees was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 32nd pick of the 2001 NFL draft. Brees had an up and down stint at the Chargers winning and losing the starting quarterback role on a number of occasions. His best season at the Chargers came in 2004, when he led them to the playoffs and was selected for the NFC Pro Bowl team. Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and since then his career has skyrocketed. Since joined the Saints Brees has: won a Super Bowl, been selected for the Pro Bowl seven times, won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award twice, and the NFL Air Player of the Year on four occasions. Brees had a record breaking 2011; becoming the single season passing leader and having the highest completion percentage in NFL history. In 2013 Brees also extended his NFL record to a 6th straight season of at least 30 touchdown passes/4,000 passing yards, his 3rd straight 5,000-yard season, in addition to his NFL-record 8th straight 4,000-yard season. Brees holds countless NFL passing records and is one of the most popular players in the NFL.

Offensive Star: Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 95th pick of the 2010 NFL draft. In just four seasons, Graham has completely reinvented the tight end position. Graham has the speed of a receiver but the strength of a power forward. In 2011, Graham had ninety-nine receptions for 1310 yards and eleven touchdowns. This was the first time a tight end had ever had more than 1300 receiving yards in a season. The amazing thing about Graham is that he has played only four seasons of competitive football, having played basketball for the majority of his college career. Graham has the potential to become the greatest tight end in the history of the NFL.

Defensive Star: Curtis Lofton

Curtis Lofton was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Lofton became a starter in his rookie season and ranked fourth on the team with 94 tackles. Lofton led the team from 2010 to 2012 in tackles and was an integral part of the teamís defense. In January 2012 Lofton signed with the Saints. He led the team in tackles during 2012 (123) and also recorded one sack, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. In 2013 Lofton started at one of the ILB spots in the Saints 3-4 defense and led the teamís defense once more with 125 total tackles and 2 sacks.

Head Coach: Sean Payton

Following an NFL ordered season out of the game as a result of his involvement in the bounty scandal, whereby Saints players were rewarded for intentionally knocking opposition players out of games, Sean Payton returned to New Orleans as head coach in 2013 in a hope to overhaul his team's mediocre performance in 2012. He succeeded, ending the season with an 11-5 record and making the playoffs. In a career that has turned up five playoff appearances in the seven practicing seasons he has led the Saints, Payton will be confident in his ability to lead the side back to their winning ways in 2014.

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