Found July 27, 2012 on Sportress of Blogitude:
On Friday morning, the New Orleans Saints officially unveiled “Rebirth,” a statue that celebrates and commemorates Steve Gleason’s blocked punt in the Saints first home game back in Superdome after the team was displaced due to the devastation caused to the region by Hurricane Katrina. The game, played out in front of a national audience [...]

Saints creating a statue of Steve Gleason’s blocked punted

Getty Images On Thursday, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said that they’re working on creating a statue to commemorate Steve Gleason’s blocked punt from 2005. Payton says they recognize Gleason’s play as a major turning point in the Saints’ franchise history. “We’re working on, and have a long-term vision of a statue right there in Champions Square of him blocking...

Brees lifts Clark from anonymity to NFL

Marques Clark stopped playing organized football when his eligibility with Division II Henderson State ran out in 2006. Drew Brees helped him get his first shot in the NFL this month. It just so happens that Brees does offseason throwing at a San Diego-area high school where Clark got a job about two years ago as a wide receivers coach. Brees noticed Clark working out there and...

Saints Nation: What Will Be the Starting Unit at Linebacker for the Saints in 2012?

The Saints will quite possibly enter 2012 with a brand new set of starting linebackers, but the competition in training camp promises to be fierce. As things stand, the veteran linebackers on the Saints' roster include David Hawthorne, Curtis Lofton, Scott Shanle, Will Herring, Jonathan Casillas and Chris Chamberlain. I'm not including Jonathan Vilma who will likely be suspended...

Saints praise Brees' fitness in opening practice

A semblance of normalcy has returned to the New Orleans Saints, who started practicing Thursday with recently re-signed star quarterback Drew Brees back on the field. Brees even decided his first practice following a months-long contract holdout was as good a time as any to throw deep. ''I said, `Hey, we're going throw some balls down the field that maybe we shouldn...

Saints extend P Morstead 6 years, $21.9 million

The agent for Thomas Morstead says the Saints' punter and kickoff specialist has agreed to a six-year extension worth $21.9 million. Vann McElroy says the deal pays Morstead an average of $3.65 million during the final six years of what now becomes a seven-year deal running through the 2018 season. That would make Morstead the second-highest paid punter in the NFL behind Oakland...

Saints Nation: Saints Give Thomas Morstead Enormous Contract

Serious cap problems coming as soon as 2013 didn't stop Mickey Loomis from making a massive investment in the team's star punter Thomas Morstead. Morstead's contract extension is good for 6 years at $21.9 million, although only just less than $7 million is guaranteed. Unless his contract gets cut short, then, he'll be a Saint for the next 7 years. Morstead's contract...

Huge Sean Payton picture hangs over Saints facility

He may be gone for the upcoming season, but suspended coach Sean Payton definitely is not forgotten. How could he be, when there's a self-portrait literally hanging over the Saints' collective heads? As FOX reporter Jennifer Hale shared via Twitter, the team on Friday added a giant-sized picture of Payton atop their indoor training facility. The picture features a serious...

NFL disputes report of Vilma offer

The NFL calls a report it has offered a settlement and reduced suspension to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma ''completely inaccurate.'' Vilma has been suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the Saints bounty program, which he adamantly has claimed did not exist. Citing anonymous sources, reported the league offered Vilma an eight-game suspension...
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