Daily Sports Smile: Saints share heartwarming video tribute to Louisiana community

A New Orleans Saints fan cheers during the second half of an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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Louisiana is still recovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. The damaging storm knocked out power and left property destruction. It also forced several citizens to evacuate ahead of landfall including the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints evacuated to Dallas, TX to practice ahead of the regular season. The storm also forced the Saints to find a temporary home in Jacksonville, FL. They played the Green Bay Packers at TIAA Bank Field and walked away with a 38-3 victory.

The win meant a lot to the Saints and the entire Louisiana community. On Thursday, the Saints released a touching video for their fans. The video showed recovery efforts in Louisiana and quotes from the coaching staff and players on what it means to help during a difficult time.  

“The challenges back home are far greater than our team getting on a plane and playing an away game or having to relocate,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said. “The challenges back home are far more significant. Hopefully, (Sunday) was a good break from everything else the people had been focusing on.”

Saints linebacker Demario Davis agreed. He said the game meant a lot to those that are looking to rebuild after the storm.

A Saints fan shows his support for the hurricane damaged state from his seat in the North end zone at TIAA Bank Field ahead of the start of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. The New Orleans Saints hosted the the Green Bay Packers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, September 12, 2021 after the Saint's home game had to be move from New Orleans after Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast.

“Certainly, going into this game, we knew it meant a lot not just to us but to the city,” Davis said. “We even talked about it as captains that we knew that even though some people don’t have power, were going to find a way to watch the Saints. That is just what this team means to the city. The city means the same to us. We are one.”

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The Saints shared the video on their official social media account. The post mentioned the tagline “we give our all for Louisiana.”

This week, the Saints will face the Carolina Panthers on the road. The game will start at 1:00 p.m. and be broadcast on FOX.

“For them to go through so much and for them to be out there (Sunday) is incredible,” Saints tight end Juwan Johnson said.