The New Orleans Saints have not only become one of the most popular teams in the South, but the entire National Football League as well. The success of the franchise was also crucial in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when the team made it into the postseason. At the time, the Saints had only made it to the Wild Card game, despite having 8 playoff appearances under their belt.
In 2007, the Saints advanced past this round into the NFC Championship game where they lost to the Chicago Bears, 39-14. After the reconstruction of the Louisiana Superdome and the franchise as a whole, the Saints evolved into a winning team. By 2009, New Orleans had won their first Super Bowl in team history.
A number of players who participated with the Saints have been inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Earl Campbell, Doug Atkins and Jim Taylor. The franchise also has its own Hall of Fame, which is a nonprofit group dedicated to keeping track of the history of the Saints. Joe Horn, Morten Andersen and Joe Johnson are just a few of the many individuals who were inducted.