A long-awaited celebration for the Saints

Head coach Sean Payton celebrates the Saints' first Super Bowl win. (Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The scene on the field in the immediate moments following Super Bowl XLIV was one of jubilation.

Saints coach Sean Payton pumped his fist in the air while holding up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after New Orleans’ 31-17 victory. Drew Brees had tears in his eyes, as did Jeremy Shockey. Sedrick Ellis said it was nothing like he imagined.

Inside the fences around the middle of the field, family members have rushed in to be with their Saints. Over on the Colts’ bench, cameramen are shoulder-to-shoulder getting the celebration in images that will last much longer than this moment.

Saints fans have made their way down to the first few rows of the stadium, taking part in several different “Who Dat!” chants from different sections of the stands.

Its a celebration that was a long time coming.

Frank Tadych

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