Saints Photo of the Half-Century
(Not counting anything Super Bowl-related)
Michael Hebert photograph
This month, the 50th anniversary of the awarding of an NFL franchise to New Orleans is being honored. As our tribute we scouted for a great off-the-field photo and this one was the easy winner. Pictured here are running back Mark Ingram (left) and defensive end Cameron Jordan. Neither knew each other until the evening of April 28, 2011, when they met at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall for the NFL draft. Ingram (who played at the University of Alabama where he won the Heisman trophy) and Jordan (who starred at the University of California) were picked 24th and 28th overall respectively, both by the Saints. That night a bond started that would lead to the two being the best of friends. The picture was taken for the cover of the Saints program (Gameday) by photographer Michael Hebert. “Mark’s my guy,” Jordan was quoted as saying. “Jordan’s my dude” Ingram responded. Together they make an impressive picture that would be made even better by a pair of Super Bowl rings.