As deep as rivalries run in the NFL, the harsh times we are living in have currently put the hatred on hold. Thursday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints released a beautiful and widely-shared video sharing their support for their rivals' home cities in this time of crisis. After all, New Orleans has been here before.
The Saints' efforts to support the healthcare workers and essential employees on the front lines has expanded beyond their home state of Louisiana. The video released shows them sending food to workers in Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
The Saints' message of solidarity is especially powerful during social distancing. While people across the country are forced to stay at home in isolation, the Saints have done what they can to share their support for people, even in rival cities.
Seeing the New Orleans Saints share support for Atlanta Falcons fans is not something anyone would've expected just a few months ago. The NFC South teams harbor one of the NFL's most deep-seated rivalries. The matchup is so highly anticipated that two teams earned a spot on national television on Thanksgiving Day in 2019.
A much as fans love to hate their opponents' cities, these tough times have reminded us that the rivalries stay on the field. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, even the most bitter rivals must come together.