So, it is that time of the year again, Thanksgiving.
As a country, a nation and a people, we certainly have plenty to be thankful for, even if it is not apparent. Whether it is your health, your family, your job or something else, please take the time to acknowledge what you have, and stop worrying about what you do not have. Things could always be worse.
Fans of the New Orleans Saints also have plenty to be thankful for.
After decades of irrelevance, the Saints finally became relevant in the mid-2000’s with the arrival of Bill Parcells‘ protege, Sean Payton. Payton brought with him a great offensive mind capable of devising a high-flying offense. Then came the arrival of Drew Brees, whose body of work in New Orleans will almost certainly guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame years from now.
In addition to Payton and Brees, Who Days must also be thankful for the likes of Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Marques Colston. Graham is a monster of a tight end who will, without a doubt, be rewarded with a big contract in the near future. Sproles is a versatile backfield option, and Thomas is the quiet, consummate professional—a workhorse. Colston, a seventh round no-name pick, has been a reliable weapon for Brees and the Saints since 2006, and has gone on to capture the Saints’ record for most receptions, most touchdowns, and most receiving yards.
Fans must also be thankful for the arrival of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after a disastrous 2012 season that saw the defense give up a record breaking 7,042 yards. Ryan’s arrival effectively righted the ship and has turned New Orleans’ defense into one of the better units in the NFL.
All hail Saint Rob.
Saints fans are also thankful for their 2009 season, which saw them start off 13-0 and defeat the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV for their first ever Lombardi Trophy.
Most importantly, however, New Orleans fans must be thankful to be able to call themselves one of the best fan bases in the league. Saints’ fans love their team like no other, both through the highs and the lows. No matter what happens the rest of the season or the playoffs, the Saints are New Orleans, and New Orleans is the Saints.