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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Yearbook, Nov. 1: New Orleans Saints born

By Patrick Dorsey

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 1967
New Orleans States-Item newspaper / New Orleans Saints
The day after.
New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams in 1967
The opener vs. the Los Angeles Rams.