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Longtime Saints recall the team's role in Katrina recovery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay.

Receiver Marques Colston and linemen Jahri Evans and Zach Strief all arrived via the 2006 draft, wondering what they were getting into as New Orleans struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

In the decade since the August 2005 storm, the Saints helped the region find something to celebrate, and the longtime Saints are humbled and proud to have been part of the recovery.

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1Green Bay Packers (6)0-0375-
2Seattle Seahawks (4)0-0367-
3New England Patriots (2)0-0359-
4Indianapolis Colts0-0339-
5Denver Broncos0-0326-
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7Baltimore Ravens0-0314-
8Pittsburgh Steelers0-0297-
9Arizona Cardinals0-0267-
10Cincinnati Bengals0-0262-
11Philadelphia Eagles0-0253-
12Detroit Lions0-0234-
13San Diego Chargers0-0222-
14Miami Dolphins0-0219-
14Carolina Panthers0-0219-
16Minnesota Vikings0-0214-
17Kansas City Chiefs0-0210-
18Houston Texans0-0204-
19Buffalo Bills0-0184-
20St. Louis Rams0-0162-
21New Orleans Saints0-0161-
22New York Giants0-0134-
23Atlanta Falcons0-0109-
24San Francisco 49ers0-0104-
25New York Jets0-0103-
26Chicago Bears0-091-
27Oakland Raiders0-069-
28Washington Redskins0-066-
29Cleveland Browns0-059-
30Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-041-
31Jacksonville Jaguars0-035-
32Tennessee Titans0-020-

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