During Sunday’s New Orleans Saints home game, the team unveiled recent stadium renovations to its Ring of Honor banners. However, there was one glaring issue with Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen’s banner – they spelled his name wrong.
The New Orleans Saints renovated the team’s Ring of Honor, which includes six inductees. Archie Manning, Willie Roaf, Rickey Jackson, Morten Andersen, Will Smith, and owner Tom Benson are all members of the organization’s prestigious club.
In 2015, the team inducted their longtime kicker into the Ring of Honor. He played for the Saints for 13 of his astounding 25-seasons in his NFL career. Recently, he and the other five inductees were honored with new banners inside the Caesars Superdome high up in the rafters. While it might not have caught anyone’s attention at first glance, the New Orleans Saints unfortunately misspelled Andersen’s name. Instead of his banner saying “Morten” – the correct spelling of his first name – the banner reads “Morton.”
While it may be an honest mistake, it’s a shame the team messed up one of its most beloved player’s names. Yet there is a silver lining in the situation. Rather than a classic banner, the New Orleans Saints chose to add illuminated signage for each inductee. Since the newly renovated banners aren’t all in one piece, it should be a fairly simple fix. The NFL franchise should only have to replace the “O” for an “E.”
Louisiana sportscaster Fletcher Mackel shared four pictures of the new Saints Ring of Honor renovations. While he noted the clear mistake to Andersen’s name, he also shared that it should be a “small fix.”
New Orleans Saints’ Caesars Superdome Catches Fire, Smoke Rises from Roof
Speaking of the New Orleans Saints’ stadium, the Caesars Superdome caught on fire just two weeks ago. On September 21, a fire broke out inside the stadium as black smoke and flames were seen erupting from the dome’s roof.
The team has had some bad luck so far this season when it comes to off-the-field issues. During preseason this year, the Saints had to cancel a home game due to Hurricane Ida. New Orleans’ FOX affiliate reporter Kelsey Davis posted a clip of the Superdome fire on Twitter the same day.
The fire became noticeable as it billowed out of the roof around lunchtime that Tuesday afternoon. In less than an hour, firefighters had the blaze under control.
Another local reporter Jeff Duncan shared details on what caused the fire. He tweeted that he had spoken to the vice president of the company that manages the Superdome via text. Doug Thornton, VP of Stadiums for ASM Global, said the fire began in the gutter tub on the roof as workers pressure washed the area. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt and the damage to the dome’s iconic white roof was minimal.