The bronze busts were impressive. Willie Roaf was magnanimous. And Drew Brees? Same as always.
It added up to a great weekend for a team that really needed one about now.
Brees produced a touchdown on his only series in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 17-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals that topped off a fine time.
''Just to be up here and see all those guys get inducted and take a tour of the Hall of Fame, that was really special,'' said Mark Ingram, who scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard run. ''For us to all be here, it puts a lot of things into perspective going into this football season.''
It wasn't perfect by any means. The reserves were sloppy, as expected. And the fill-in officials had some bad moments, too.
The game was canceled last year for the first time in 45 years, a casualty of the NFL's lockout of the players. Labor issues also came into play in Sunday night's game - the seven officials were replacements.