New Orleans Saints in History

Events in Sport

  • 1967-01-27 New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)
  • 1967-03-08 New Orleans Saints begin selling season tickets (20,000 sold 1st day)
  • 1967-08-02 New Orleans Saints play 1st ever pre-season game, lose to LA Rams 16-7 at Anaheim Stadium
  • 1967-08-12 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season victory, beat St Louis 23-14
  • 1967-09-17 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13
  • 1967-11-05 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL victory, beat Philadelphia Eagles 31-24
  • 1970-11-08 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • 1973-11-04 New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills
  • 1978-08-05 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium
  • 1980-01-27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 37-27; MVP: Chuck Muncie, New Orleans Saints, RB
  • 1980-12-14 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20
  • 1981-01-22 O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints
  • 1981-04-29 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints
  • 1982-09-19 New Orleans Saints 1st road shutout victory beating Chicago Bears 10-0
  • 1983-09-18 New Orleans Saints 1st OT victory; beating Chicago Bears 34-31
  • 1984-11-26 John W Mercom Jr announces New Orleans Saints are up for sale for $75 million
  • 1985-05-31 New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000
  • 1986-09-21 New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown
  • 1987-11-29 New Orleans Saints win, assuring their 1st winning NFL season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996-11-03 San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice grabs 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD to become 1st player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions in 24-17 win over New Orleans Saints; finishes career with 1,549

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 2007-01-21 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints, 39-14
  • 2010-01-24 NFC Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings, 31-28 (OT)

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2010-02-07 Super Bowl XLIV, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, FL; New Orleans Saints beat Indianapolis Colts, 31-17; MVP: Drew Brees, New Orleans, QB

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 2012-03-02 NFL establishes existence of a bounty program at the New Orleans Saints 2009-11; players given incentives to injure opposition; coach Sean Payton is suspended for 2012 season
  • 2018-09-23 39 year old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws 17 yard pass to Michael Thomas to become NFL career pass leader, breaking Brett Favre's record of 6,300 completions; Saints beat Falcons 43-37
  • 2019-01-20 NFC Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans: Los Angeles Rams beat New Orleans Saints, 26-23 OT
  • 2019-12-16 Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning's NFL record (539) for career touchdown passes as New Orleans Saints rout Indianapolis Colts, 34-7; Brees 29 of 30 for 307 yards & 4 TDs for record 96.7% pass completion

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1924-05-22 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1936-12-31 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), born in English, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1947-01-12 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1958-07-01 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1958-12-08 George Rogers, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1980, U of South Carolina; #1 pick 1981 NFL Draft; Super Bowl 1987; NO Saints, Washington Redskins), born in Duluth, Georgia
  • 1959-06-03 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • 1960-10-20 Brian Hansen, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1984; NO Saints, Cleveland Browns, NY Jets), born in Hawarden, Iowa
  • 1962-03-24 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morehead City, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1963-01-03 Jim Everett, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1990; NFL passing TD leader 1988, 89; LA Rams, New Orleans Saints), born in Emporia, Kansas
  • 1963-10-19 Jim Dombrowski, NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1963-12-29 Sean Payton, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2009, New Orleans Saints; AP Coach of the Year 2006; 'Bountygate'), born in San Mateo, California
  • 1964-06-22 Mark Royals, NFL punter (New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions)
  • 1964-09-09 Willie Broughton, American NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1965-10-26 Wayne Martin, American NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 1965-11-22 Eric Allen, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1965-11-25 Anthony Newman, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1966-01-05 Renaldo Turnbull, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
  • 1966-01-28 Jeff Uhlenhake, NFL center (New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins)
  • 1966-03-26 Wesley Walls, American NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Batesville, Mississipi
  • 1966-06-14 Ricky Siglar, American NFL tackle (KC Chiefs, New Orleans Saints), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1966-07-16 Chip Lohmiller, NFL kicker (New Orleans Saints), born in Woodbury, Minnesota
  • 1966-09-11 Richard Harvey, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1966-09-26 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1966-10-27 Timm Rosenbach, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1966-11-21 Jerry Fontenot, NFL center/guard (Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967-01-28 Tom Hodson, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967-05-28 Tory Epps, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967-08-06 Willie Williams, NFL/CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967-12-04 Klaus Wilmsmeyer, Canadian NFL punter (Super Bowl 1994, SF 49ers), born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 1968-01-12 Vince Buck, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1968-01-22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968-05-08 John Johnson, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1969-03-29 Jimmy Spencer, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969-10-25 Eric Guliford, American NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1969-11-28 Pio Sagapolutele, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1970-01-04 Sean Lumpkin, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • 1970-01-14 Tyrone Hughes, American NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970-02-15 Tyrone Legette, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1970-04-10 J. J. McCleskey, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1970-04-18 William Roaf, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1970-04-21 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970-06-02 Andy McCollum, NFL center/guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1970-08-02 Wesley "wes" Bender, American WLAF/NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, New Orleans Saints), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1970-08-03 Darren Mickell, American NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, New Orleans Saints), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-09-06 Torrance Small, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1970-09-24 Winfred Tubbs, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1970-11-07 Andre Hastings, American NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970-11-24 Doug Brien, kicker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1970-11-25 Shane Pahukoa, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1970-12-11 Doug Nussmeier, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1970-12-27 Lorenzo Neal, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints, NY Jets)
  • 1970-12-31 Dunstan Anderson, NFL defensive end (Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1971-03-19 Kirk Botkin, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971-04-15 Derek Brown, NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971-05-12 Craig Novitsky, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971-05-25 Alan Kline, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Tiffin, Ohio
  • 1971-08-20 Brett Bech, American football wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Slidell, Louisiana
  • 1971-09-18 Ron Childs, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • 1971-10-13 Irv Smith, American NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1971-10-17 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971-10-24 Mike Verstegen, American NFL guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1971-11-09 Steve Rhem, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1971-12-31 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints), born in Bryson City, North Carolina
  • 1972-03-22 John Farquhar, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972-07-11 Joe Johnson, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1998, 2000; All-Pro 2000; New Orleans Saints), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972-11-09 Mark Fields, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972-12-17 Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973-01-10 Travis Davis, American NFL strong safety (New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Wilmington, California
  • 1973-01-16 Mario Bates, American NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints), born in Victoria, Texas
  • 1973-03-25 Ray Zellars, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973-05-07 Dameian Jeffries, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973-05-30 Je'Rod Cherry, safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973-06-05 Brady Smith, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973-06-13 Kano Hills, tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973-08-04 Alex Molden, cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973-08-18 Luke Fickell, American football defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1974-04-24 Jared Tomich, American football defensive end (New Orleans Saints), born in St. John, Indiana
  • 1974-05-27 Danny Wuerffel, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1996, U of Florida; NFL: New Orleans Saints), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1974-06-18 Keith Poole, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974-06-21 Rob Kelly, American football safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • 1974-12-25 Chris Naeole, American football coach (New Orleans Saints), born in Kailua, Hawaii
  • 1976-03-24 Aaron Brooks, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame), born in Newport News, Virginia

Person of interestDrew Brees

1979-01-15 Drew Brees, American football quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2009, New Orleans Saints; 13 x Pro Bowl; 7 × NFL passing yards leader), born in Austin, Texas

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 1980-11-10 Donté Stallworth, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1982-05-05 Randall Gay, American NFL player (New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1985-03-02 Reggie Bush, American NFL running back (Heisman Trophy 2005 [later forfeited], USC; Super Bowl 2009, New Orleans Saints), born in Spring Valley, California
  • 1989-07-24 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1989-12-21 Mark Ingram Jr., American football running back (Heisman Trophy 2009, U of Alabama; NFL Pro Bowl 2014, 17, 19; New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens), born in Hackensack, New Jersey

Weddings in Sport

  • 2010-07-17 Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles

Divorces in Sport

  • 2012-06-14 New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton (48) divorces Beth Shuey due to conflict of personalities after nearly 20 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1993-04-01 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1993-04-30 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), dies of a heart attack at 34
  • 2006-05-27 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), dies from brain cancer at 39
  • 2019-12-12 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • 2019-12-28 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 2020-04-03 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), dies of COVID-19 complications at 73
  • 2020-06-17 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), dies from dementia at 83