'Who Dat' History

Sunday, January 17, 2010

If you know my husband at all you know that he is intrigued with the history of things. He's incapable of accepting the line, "Well, it's just always been that way." Nope, he has to know the entire story. His latest plea for history- The origin of the New Orleans Saints fans' chant 'Who Dat.' Being born & raised in southern Louisiana, I should have a proud and swift response prepared right? Um, no. So I set out to figure it out.

The origin of the slogan 'Who Dat' reigns from Patterson, Louisiana, a tiny town about 90 miles southwest of New Orleans. Patterson is also the home of former Saint's star running back Dalton Hilliard. In the late 70's, Hilliard's high school team- the Lumberjacks- made it to the Superdome for the state championship. Rumor has it that the Patterson Lumberjack fans brought a chant to New Orleans with them of "Who Dat say dey gonna beat dem Jacks." The chant followed Hilliard from small town Patterson to Baton Rouge during his years playing for LSU. When Hilliard was drafted by the Saints, the chant followed him once again to New Orleans where it spread like crazy amongst the fans. It has been a staple in the stands ever since! So there you have it- the 'Who Dat' history.

-lila
*There are probably a dozen other colorful tales of the chant out there, but this is the most widely accepted one*

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