Yearbook, Nov. 1: New Orleans Saints born

November, 1, 2012
Nov. 1, 1966: It's All Saints' Day, and 46 years ago, it was New Orleans Saints day -- a special moment in time when then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle traveled to the Big Easy to deliver the news: The city was getting a pro football franchise.

John Mecom Jr. became majority owner in December, "Saints" was chosen as the name in January and on Sept. 17, 1967, the team hosted the Los Angeles Rams for its first regular-season NFL game.

Pete Rozelle in New Orleans in 1967AP PhotoRozelle.
New Orleans States-Item newspaper / New Orleans SaintsAP Photo/Patrick SemanskyThe day after.
New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams in 1967AP PhotoThe opener vs. the Los Angeles Rams.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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