Sean Payton's 15-season run with the New Orleans Saints came to a close on Tuesday.
The 58-year-old coach stepped down as the Saints' head coach following a successful tenure in which he posted a 152-89 record in the regular season to go along with nine postseason victories, including New Orleans only Super Bowl victory.
Payton's decision drew plenty of reaction on social media from those in the NFL world and beyond.
You became our coach after the biggest natural disaster in U.S. history hit our state— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 25, 2022
You forever changed the culture of our organization, bringing us to unbelievable heights
Our gratitude for the impact you have made on our state, city, & team is immeasurable#ThankYouSean 🙏 pic.twitter.com/bQgRM2l9IF
Thank you, Coach Payton, for 16 incredible years leading our @Saints through good times and bad. You came to New Orleans at a time when spirits were broken and hope seemed lost, but you gave the city and fans something to rally behind and be proud of. #lagov— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) January 25, 2022
That’s my HC! At the end of the day if Seans stepping away he has a master plan. Nothing but love for you Sean if this is it for you as my Hc then I thank you for drafting me, building phenomenal teams like ‘11 ‘18-21 first off the top of my head. 11 yrs my coach, forever RESPECT https://t.co/LXE2ubFjnN— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) January 25, 2022
Coach Payton, Thank you SO much for all the great years!! You turned the @Saints into a consistent contender & delivered the first Superbowl in the teams history. You helped revive the city after Katrina. All the best wishes in the next chapter of your life. Much Respect! ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/9HWdlnbJvc— Willie Roaf (@Willie_Roaf) January 25, 2022
Sean Payton is a LEGEND don’t ever forget that !— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) January 26, 2022
coach payton - thank you for the most amazing run... it was an honor to support you during your tenure as head coach - i will forever cherish the time we had with you... we love you, coach payton!!! @Saints @nfl #nfl #seanpayton pic.twitter.com/U4xHHLjLhE— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) January 25, 2022
Always admired Sean Payton as one of the best in the league.Loved watching his teams play.Enjoy the excitement of your new venture!— Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) January 25, 2022
Sometimes talent and ability just needs an opportunity to prove itself. @SeanPayton I’m forever grateful for that opportunity.— Marques Colston (@MarquesColston) January 26, 2022
The impact of your vision and leadership reaches beyond wins and losses- it helped create a culture that’s unmatched.
Enjoy the other side! Congrats. pic.twitter.com/ny5idIsuqi
Grateful to have crossed paths with @SeanPayton.— Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) January 25, 2022
Appreciate the patience, vision & belief that he and his @Saints coaching staff had for me when they drafted me out of @TowsonU in 2007.
Hell of a ride, Good luck on your future endeavors #WhoDat #WalkTogetherForever ⚜️
The Who Dat Nation is the best fan base in the world! ⚜️ So thankful for 16 amazing years of memories in NOLA. The city where arms are always open & food is always offered. Thank you for taking our family in. #WhoDat @SeanPayton @Saints pic.twitter.com/8sNkWBzLj1— Meghan Payton (@meghanpayton7) January 25, 2022
Surprised, saddened but more thankful than anything else for @SeanPayton ! Blessed to be part of the team he assembled in 2006 and 7 of the best yrs of my life followed that trade. New Orleans became home and so many wonderful memories followed. #walktogetherforever#cantonOH— Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) January 25, 2022