Ten years ago, storm waters from Hurricane Katrina topped levees designed to protect New Orleans, leaving the city and Gulf Coast region trapped in a cloud of chaos and tragedy. An estimated 1,836 lives were lost. Homes were destroyed en masse. As New Orleans and its iconic landmarks, like the Superdome, were ravished, the preponderance of local businesses— including a professional football team—had no choice but to relocate. Here are some photos from the year of the displaced New Orleans Saints and the miraculous revival of their stadium.
Ten years ago in New Orleans, Sean Payton came on as head coach, Drew Brees signed on at quarterback, and the franchise helped lift the spirits of a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. And a decade later, three late-round picks from a unique draft class are still around as franchise cornerstones
Remembering the role Sean Payton and company played in helping New Orleans rebuild after the hurricane devastated a city. Plus, mailbag questions on preseason alternatives, journalistic integrity and the rookie symposium
In the days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, NFL.com's Michael Silver, formerly of Sports Illustrated, headed to New Orleans with Deuce McAllister of the New Orleans Saints. To remember the 10th anniversary of the storm, SI.com is republishing his emotional story.