On this day: A first Super Bowl for New Orleans

Sport360 staff 07:00 07/02/2016
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Patience of a Saint: New Orleans.

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, spreading death and destruction throughout the city.

In turn, the city’s rebirth helped fuel the Saints on their run to glory on this day in 2010. As one of the most maligned, mocked and belittled franchises in the NFL, they were the perpetual underdogs.

But not anymore. They won the Super Bowl for the first time in their 43-year history with a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Miami.

Drew Brees, the undersized QB leading an underdog team, guided his team home against a Colts side boasting Peyton Manning.

1949: New York Yankees’ Joe Di Maggio becomes the first $100,000/year baseball player.

1975: NBA ’s New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak.

1995: One of the best cricketers of his generation, Graham Gooch ends his Test match career (below) against Australia in Perth, as does other England great Mike Gatting.

1998: NHL’s Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten’s No7 jersey after a career 16 years, which included 1,099 games and a 1980 Olympic Gold medal.

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