Found August 05, 2012 on
The Saints Nation:
It's been an amazing weekend for me so far in Canton. I've included some pictures on twitter if you follow my feed
to share the experience as much as possible with you. I met several players, staff members and coaches and most were very friendly and accomodating. I have to say Joe Vitt was probably the best experience of the bunch (pictured). He was very engaging, asked me where I was from, and we talked for a good 5 minutes. I can see why the Saints picked him to fill in for Sean Payton. He's got great conversational skills and you can tell he's an honest and bright guy. I have zero doubts the players respond to him with the utmost of respect. He's a guy you can't help but like.
More importantly, the reason I was there last night, was the enshrinement ceremony of Willie Roaf - one of the greatest all time Saints in history
, if not the greatest. I have to say, it was a bit of an emotional ceremony for any Saints fan. You could tell how much the honor meant to him and his family, as a quiet and humble kid out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. To have the Saints players all there to encourage him was a nice move by the organization. Anyone that can go to the Hall of Fame, I strongly recommend you do so. It really is amazing and on a weekend like this the greats are staying everything. You can run into an NFL superstar at any given moment. I've already run into Trent Green, Kevin Mawae and Earl Campbell by doing nothing but just hanging out at my hotel. Next time a Saint makes it in, presumably Drew Brees, I will definitely come back.
Congratulations to #77 Willie Roaf, you could not be more deserving of this ultimate award. I will be meeting him today at a signing I've got lined up, so I'll be sure to report back on that with some pictures. I'll be on the field for warm ups as well, so I'll include pictures like yesterday. Enjoy the game today and preseason is under way. WHO DAT!
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Despite earlier reports indicating that the NFL offered Jonathan Vilma a settlement where it would reduce his suspension to eight games, subsequent reports say no offer was made.
Update: The NFL has released a statement to deny it ever offered Vilma a settlement.
Jonathan Vilma might actually play football this season. Or he might not. ESPN.com reports that the NFL has offered to reduce Vilma's year-long suspension to eight games as part of ongoing settlement talks involving the league, the NFL Players Association and legal representatives for the four players who were suspended for their alleged participation in the Saints' bounty...
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Willie Roaf was tough to get around, an extraordinary blocker at tackle. He was impossible to ignore for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Roaf was the first player inducted Saturday in a six-man group that included four linemen. Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman and Cortez Kennedy joined him, along with running back Curtis Martin and cornerback Jack Butler.
Finally after 26 long weeks, football season returns this weekend with the annual Hall of Fame Game. On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will take on the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL’s first game since Super Bowl XLVI. Although it may only be preseason, there are a lot of interesting story lines for this game. Here are a few things to look forward to in this weekend’s action...
Jonathan Vilma, the Saints Linebacker at the center of Bountygate, has been offered a deal by the NFL to reduce his year long suspension to eight games in exchange for Vilma dropping his civil suit against the league.
Details from ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder (no word on whether Chris Broussard got a text as well)
The league’s offer was made late last...
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma received "no settlement offer" from the NFL, according to NFL Network, though a proposal could still be made. Reports first surfaced Sunday night that Vilma could have his season-long suspension cut in half -- to eight games -- if he agreed to drop the civil lawsuit pending in Louisiana court against commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation...
Throughout its 10-year history, the NFC South has been consistently inconsistent — and wildly entertaining. Since the NFL realignment in 2002 not one NFC South team – the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers – has won the division in consecutive seasons. Also since 2002, each NFC South team has not only won [...]
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Jack Butler didn't play football in high school. He picked up the game in college at St. Bonaventure and entered the NFL as an undrafted player in 1951, just another guy filling out the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster.
He's not just another player anymore. Butler was the second of six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Running back Curtis...
FOX Sports Ohio will be airing the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade from 6-8pm on this Sunday, August 12. The parade took place this past Saturday, August 4 in Canton, Ohio. This years inductees included Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf all of whom will now call Canton, Ohio their home...
One of the great things about being an NFL fan is arguing back and forth – as to who’s the best. When those discussions arise in regards to offensive linemen, there are two names that always come up - former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz and newly bronzed hall of famer and former Kansas City Chief, Willie Roaf.