If he dwells on it, it saddens punter Thomas Morstead that he was only one of six players on the Saints roster as of Monday who won Super Bowl XLIV at the end of the 2009 season.

That’s a lot of friends who have had to pack up and move on with their wives, girlfriends and children while he’s stayed behind, in hopes of helping New Orleans win a second championship.

But the good news for Morstead is there’s not much time to ponder such things. A little more than five months away from his sixth season in the pros, he’s about to welcome his first child with his wife, Lauren, and he’s trying to turn a charity initiative he launched in 2012 into a full-fledged nonprofit corporation.

“The NFL is a strange place — it really is,” Morstead said Monday. “It’s an amazing place, and it’s special. ... (But) you’re going to get constant reminders of how quickly you can be gone.”

Morstead can’t recall an offseason when there has been more reminders. Since late last season, the Saints have parted ways with more than a half-dozen players who had significant roles in New Orleans’ Super Bowl victory.

They traded one player (running back Darren Sproles) and allowed another (fullback Jed Collins) to leave in free agency who each formed part of an offense that set an NFL record for yards gained in 2011.

Each of the departures prompted Morstead to recall the adage that “NFL” stands for “not for long.” But it was especially difficult for him to see Collins sign on with Detroit in free agency.

“He’s a really close friend of mine. His wife is awesome and she’s good friends with my wife, so we’ve done a lot of things together,” said Morstead, also a kickoff specialist. “For me, seeing him leave was the hardest probably.”