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Happy Birthday Sean Payton

Lost in the Black Monday firings of numerous coaches, is our very own coaches birthday. Happy Birthday coach!

Yep coach that's one sign of aging, but hey, you've still got your hair!
Yep coach that's one sign of aging, but hey, you've still got your hair!
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton turns 51 today, and we wish him a very happy birthday. I'm sure it will be a busy one for the 51 year old. Putting the season to rest, reviewing players and staff. Much speculation will be going on in the weeks to follow but we can take a moment to wish coach the best on his birthday.

Since he was hired as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Sean Payton has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the NFL. Since coming to New Orleans, Payton has led the Saints to five playoff berths, three NFC South division titles and the franchise's first World Championship with a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

Payton has a 79-43 overall record (.648), including a 6-4 postseason mark (.600) after the franchise had won only one playoff game prior to his arrival. Throughout his tenure, Payton holds the franchise's top winning percentage (.648) for a head coach and ranks fourth among current NFL head coaches (min. 50 games). The 2009-11 seasons under Payton marked the most successful stretch in team history, as New Orleans posted a 41-14 mark (.759) including the postseason, the most victories in the NFL.

Payton is one of just seven active coaches to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. The others are New England's Bill Belichick, Seattle's Pete Carroll, the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin, Baltimore's John Harbaugh, Green Bay's Mike McCarthy and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin.

Many thanks for bringing us the Lombardi and the expectation of winning. Even when we don't.