Gold text on blue background around outer border, blue and gold fleur-de-lis Saints logo and NFL logo in center.
The New Orleans Saints are a National Football League (NFL) team who play in the National Football Conference (NFC) South Division. New Orleans was awarded an NFL franchise in 1966, and the team was announced on All Saints' Day (November 1). The team was named for the great jazz song, "When the Saints Go Marching In," recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1938, and long-associated with New Orleans. One of the original team owners, John Mecom, Jr., wanted the team color to be Mecom blue, a shade used by his other investments. The NFL felt that the color was too similar to that worn by the San Diego Chargers, so the Saints settled on black, gold and white. The logo, a fleur-de-lis, is a symbol of the city of New Orleans and France's royal family. After the Gulf Coast area and the team's stadium, the Superdome, suffered damages from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Saints made it to their first Super Bowl in 2009, and defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 31-17.