Fleur-De-Lis Fever | Grading the Reggie Bush Draft

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Published: April 11, 2009


... was insignificant in comparison to the devastating effects of hurricane season on the city and surrounding areas.

In 2006, the city and the team needed a lift, and, as it turned out, they were there to support each other.

The Saints' 3-0 start to the 2006 season was highlighted by a Monday night win over the Atlanta Falcons. This was not just any win. It was a homecoming for the Saints who had been away from the Superdome for over a year and a half. 

The nationally televised victory was the most spine-tingling, hair-raising game I have ever watched. 

The Saints used the emotion of the city to catapult themselves to a division title and their first ever NFC Championship Game appearance.

This magical season, however, would not have been possible if it wasn't for an event that happened five months before the season even began: The 2006 NFL Draft.

Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton's first draft together with the Saints will always be kn...

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