NEW ORLEANS -- Outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the party, and there is a similar celebration inside.
At halftime, the first class of the Saints Ring of Honor was inducted in front of a sold-out crowd.
Two Hall of Famers, Rickey Jackson and Willie Roaf, were greeted with open arms by fans alongside Archie Manning, whose career spanned more than a decade in New Orleans.
“As a fan it brings back so many memories of them on the field and recognition of the great service to the organization," Mark Romig, also known as the “Voice of the Saints."
Chris Harris is a long-time Saints fan.
“I think it is very cool," Harris said. "I'm a fan of all those guys. Archie was on some of worst teams and he had a hard time, but he is always a Saint to us.”
The tailgate party was in normal fashion, but the humbling moment on the field for the trio was a win for the scores of fans.
Though Manning has yet to get the NFL Hall Of Fame, some fans said this induction is the next best thing and long overdue.
“Putting Archie in the first one is one of the best things that could happen," said fan Billy Jones. "He been around for a while and we have had some good quarterbacks and he deserves it.”
Another fan, Jimmy Heraty said, “I think it is long overdue. These guys deserve it and I am glad to be here to see it.”
Manning, Jackson and Roaf were selected by an independent committee within the Saints.
The three have set both franchise and NFL records, which is why fans say it is no surprise this would make the inaugural class.
Ray Francios said the ceremony hit home on a personal level and gives him a bit of inspiration.
“I have three sons and I'm glad to see Archie honored, he said. “I hope to be a little bit like him and for my sons be good people like his sons.”