It helped that Louisiana Senator Russell Long (Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee) and Louisiana Representative Hale Boggs (House Majority Whip) were on the job in D.C.Before New Orleans had a team the NFL played an exhibition game here to see how it would work. They wanted to gauge turn out, infrastructure, things like that.
Black NFL players were turned away from hotels because they were still whites only and several were spit on and threatened in the streets.
The NFL said no way we would get a team. It’s literally a miracle we got one two years later.
And what a helmet it was. It accompanied him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.After that game, Rickey Jackson was in a car accident. The rumor was he “partied” a little too hard after the win. Doctors said he would miss 8 weeks of the season after surgery to his face. He was back in 2 weeks and played with his jaw wired and a special helmet and face mask.
The Falcons were led that day by a journeyman QB named Dick Shiner.We are the only NFL team to win & lose a game by the score of 62-7 (L-Falcons 1973; W-Colts 2011)
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