THE ICON: Archie Manning
THE LEGACY: When the Saints drafted Archie Manning with the second overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, New Orleans wasn’t getting just a player with a knack for scrambling and a bottle rocket arm. It was getting a leader. It was getting a role model. And it was getting one of the most beloved local citizens of his time. In his 10 seasons with the Saints — which, aside from Manning, was dishearteningly light on talent — the team would never enjoy a winning season. Manning, however, would handle it with grace and good humor, forever endearing him to locals and providing an example for a city that in years to come would find itself frequently sacked, by circumstances and by Mother Nature. The affection was apparently mutual. After his playing days, Archie and wife Olivia settled in New Orleans to raise what is widely recognized as the first family of American football — and, more importantly, to root for the Saints right alongside his fellow Who Dats.
THE ARTIST: Sean Randall
THE INSPIRATION: “It really hurt me to get traded (from New Orleans). I had played that long and been told I was going to be here. Very much wanted to finish my career here. So, I guess it broke my heart more than anything.” — Archie Manning, in an NFL Films feature on his career