Today in NFC South history

On this date in 2009, the New Orleans Saints made a move that went a long way in helping them win the only Super Bowl title in franchise history.

They signed veteran safety Darren Sharper as a free agent.

The move came soon after the Saints had hired Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator and the two men came with a common goal. Williams’ defensive philosophy was all about creating turnovers, and Sharper had the ability to create them.

For one season, that worked brilliantly. In the 2009 season, Sharper produced nine interceptions, including three that were returned for touchdowns. New Orleans’ defense was very opportunistic that season and that’s why the Saints went on to win the Super Bowl.

But the Sharper signing pretty much turned out to be a one-year thing. Due to injuries, he appeared in only eight games, with one start, in the 2010 season. His career came to an end after that.

The move, however, was well worth it as Sharper’s ability to create turnovers and his leadership in the locker room helped create one very special season for the Saints.