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Completed Painting -- Thomas Jordan Gallery -- New Orleans Saints Tribute
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Tom has put the finishing touches on another new painting, a tribute to the New Orleans Saints football team. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were barely competitive, only getting to .500 wins twice. In 1987, they finally qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the Minnesota Vikings 44-10. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast region. The Superdome was used as an emergency, temporary shelter for displaced residents. The stadium suffered damage from the hurricane (notably from flooding and part of the roof being torn off as well as internal damage from lack of available facilities). It was rumored that Saints' owner Tom Benson might deem the Superdome unusable and seek to legally void his contract and relocate the team to San Antonio, where he had business interests. Ultimately, however, the Superdome was repaired and renovated in time for the 2006 season. The New Orleans Saints' first post-Katrina home game was an emotionally charged Monday Night Football game versus their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints, under rookie head coach Sean Payton and new quarterback Drew Brees, defeated the Falcons 23-3, and went on to notch the second playoff win in franchise history. The 2009 season was a historic one for the Saints. Winning a franchise-record 13 games, they qualified for Super Bowl XLIV and defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31-17 winning their first NFL Championship.

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Thomas Jordan Gallery -- New Orleans Saints Tribute

Row 1 (Back Row) -- Reggie Bush, Tom Dempsey, Morton Anderson, Darren Sproles, Fleur-De-Lis Saints Logo, Archie Manning, Bobby Hebert, Michael Thomas, Tracy Porter
Row 2 -- Pierre Thomas, Alvin Kamari, Marques Colton, New Orleans Logo, Duce Mc Allister, Joe Horn, Jimmy Graham
Row 3 -- Vaughn Johnson, Pat Swilling, Ricky Jackson, Drew Brees Images, Mark Ingram, Eric Martin, Lance Moore
Row 4 -- Big Easy Logo, Bourbon Street Logo, Marci Gras Logo, Saints Script Logo, Saints Voodoo Skull Logo, French Quarter Logo, Louisiana Saints Logo
Row 5 (Front Row) -- Steve Gleason, Jahri, Evens, Cameron Jordan, Willie Roaf, Saints Mascots Sir Saint, & Gumbo, WHO DAT Logo, Sam Mills, Will Smith, La' Roi Glover, Jonathan Vilma