PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - While the Who Dat Nation continues to celebrate, one small Louisiana city is really feeling the thrill of victory. Drew Brees was dubbed Breesus, but it is Port Allen's Tracy Porter who is being called the Saints' savior now.
The Saints cornerback made the play that all but secured the victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He intercepted a pass from Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown. Porter was already well known in the small West Baton Rouge Parish city where he grew up, but now that he has brought the championship trophy to the Bayou State, he may become a legend.
Port Allen High proudly posted his picture at the front door of the school, along with one word, "Hallelujah." Freshman Lebaux Cooper said he was pulling for the Saints and when Porter scored on that long interception, the Who Dat Nation's prayers were answered. According to Porter, the play proved one thing about Peyton Manning.
"He's human, he makes mistakes," Porter said Monday morning while appearing on The Early Show on CBS. "He made his mistake on 3rd and 5 late in the fourth quarter and I happened to be in the right place at the right time."
So now, instead of Port Allen, his hometown is going by Porter Allen. Over at Bergeron's Cajun Meats, the Saints are the hot topic. Barbara Bell, who doesn't even follow football, has become a fan.
"I knew them Saints was going to take it all and them Who Dats, they did it," she said. "When I seen Porter running, I said, 'Go, Forest Gump, go!'"
Many of Port Allen's football players have met Porter. According to Cooper, No. 22 for the Saints like to talk trash. He said Porter made a point of telling them his team in high school was better than the current one. Cooper said he countered the statement by telling Porter he would be better than him. Cooper admitted he has lots of hard work ahead of him to back that statement up.
Now, becoming like Porter is more of a possibility for Cooper and several others.