New Orleans – The Super Bowl XLIV World Champion New Orleans Saints announced today the publication and sale of a special edition commemorative book that highlights the Saints’ 2009 Championship season, as captured through the photography of official team photographer Michael C. Hebert.
The 264-page hard cover book highlights the unprecedented behind-the-scenes access that Hebert experienced in capturing images throughout the entire season, as well as in team meetings and in his travels with the Saints. Photographs of the team and the individuals that compromised the 2009 New Orleans Saints are highlighted throughout the book and range from a look inside the defensive meeting room in the late hours of an evening leading up to the team’s 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Countless other images taken by the Saints’ long-time photographer bears witness to the team’s Super Bowl Championship Parade through New Orleans, the team’s Super Bowl victory party and Super Bowl XLIV Ring Ceremony, as well as hundreds of never-before shots of team Saints’ march to the World championship.
Among the special moments captured by Hebert is a shot of Head Coach Sean Payton stoically contemplating the merits of calling the now famous onside kick in the Super Bowl. Payton is shown leaning against a wall in the team’s Miami headquarters the night before the game, moments before he gave his night before the game address to the NFC Champions, and later remarked while looking through the proofs of the book that it was the moment that his conviction in calling the play was solidified. Countless other images throughout the full color high resolution book capture equally poignant moments, including a photo of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams making halftime adjustments to his play-calling sheet during the NFC Championship overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings at the Louisiana Superdome.
The forward of the book was written by Saints’ Owner Tom Benson, while special commentaries on many of the images accompany the corresponding images, including remarks by Owner Rita Benson LeBlanc, Head Coach Sean Payton, Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, Super Bowl MVP quarterback
"World Champs: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Perspective of the Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints" offers fans of the Saints the ultimate look inside the New Orleans Saints. The special edition book is now available at the New Orleans Saints Team Shop, located at Gate A Plaza level at the Superdome, or by visiting www.NewOrleansSaintsTeamShop.com.