Saints Timeline


The NFL awards its 16th franchise to New Orleans on the most fitting of days: November 1st — All Saints Day.


The Saints open the regular season against the Los Angeles Rams before a packed house of 80,879 in Tulane Stadium. Rookie John Gilliam ran back the opening kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown.


Tom Dempsey kicks a record 63-yard field goal on the game’s finale play. The Saints beat Detroit 19-17.


Ole Miss Quarter Back Archie Manning is drafted.


The Saints play their first football game in the Superdome.


Hank Stram is named the Saints’ 5th Head Coach.


Saints go 1-15 this season and earn the nickname the Aints.


O.A. (Bum) Phillips is named the 8th Head Coach.

In the 1981 NFL Draft the New Orleans Saints selected Heisman Trophy-winner George Rogers with the first pick overall.

The Saints also draft Rickey Jackson, the best defensive player in Saints history. Jackson would go on to play for the team for 13 seasons. In 2010, Jackson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Veteran QB Archie Manning is traded to the Houston Oilers.

The Saints draft placekicker Morten Andersen. The Great Dane would play 13 seasons for the Saints. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2017.


Tom Benson reaches agreement with John Mecom, Jr. to buy the Saints.

Saints head coach Bum Phillips resigns.

The Saints draft wide receiver Eric Martin out of LSU.


Jim Finks is named president AND general manager of the Saints.

Jim Mora is named the Saints’ 10th head coach.

The Dome Patrol — Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson and Pat Swilling — play together for the first year


Pope John Paul II visits the city, launching the catchphrase, Bless You Boys.

The Saints, led by The Dome Patrol, clinch a winning record for the 1987 season for the first time in the franchise’s 20-year history.


Morten Andersen kicks a 24-yard FG with :02 left to beat the L.A. Rams, 20-17 which evened the Saints’ final record at 8-8 & gave them a berth in the NFC playoffs


Cha-Ching! The Saints win their first-ever NFC West title with an 11-5 record.


The Cajun Cannon, Bobby Hebert, becomes Quarterback


The Saints draft future Hall of Famer Willie Roaf.


Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the Saints’ new practice facility on 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie;


After a 19-7 defeat to the Carolina Panthers a day earlier, Saints head coach Jim Mora, the longest-tenured coach in all of professional sports, resigns after 10 1/2 years with the team.


Mike Ditka is named the Saints’ 12th head coach in the club’s history.


The Saints trade their entire draft for the right to select Ricky Williams in the NFL draft

The Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” is a crowd favorite.

Aaron Brook starts as quarterback, replacing an injured Jeff Blake.


Jim Haslett is named as the Saints’ 13th head coach.

Saints win first playoff game in franchise history on December 30th against the St. Louis Rams.


Saints picked Ole Miss RB Deuce McAllister with their 1st selection in the NFL draft


Stand up and get crunk! Halftime (Stand Up) debuts.


The Saints hire coach Sean Payton and quarter Drew Brees, and draft Reggie Bush and Marques Colston. The Saints beat Atlanta in a “Domecoming,” the first contest at the Superdome since Katrina — thanks in part to Steve Gleason blocked punt.


Farve on the ground! Garrett Hartley’s 40-yard field goal helps the Saints defeat Minnesota, 31-28, in the NFC Championship game at the Superdome. The Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami Gardens, Florida.


The Saints draft Cam Jordan.


Drew Brees set an NFL record with touchdown passes in 48 straight games, breaking the mark set by Johnny Unitas.


Drew Brees tops Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 passing yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith. Rapper Choppa’s hit “Choppa Style” becomes the anthem for 2018 playoff run.


We were robbed.


Drew Brees retires after 20 NFL seasons.


Dennis Allen named new head coach


Derek Carr named quarterback.


“Snap. Placement. Kick by Hartley.

And it is …

It is good! It’s good!

It’s gooood!

Pigs have flown.

Hell is frozen over.

The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl.” – Jim Henderson