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CONTENTS

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Featured Saints

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GAMEDAY ALL INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 1/2/18

EXECUTIVE Editor

Doug Miller Editors

Justin Macione, Jessica DeBold Contributors

John DeShazier, Davis Friend, Courtney Funchess, Evan Meyers Photography

Michael C. Hebert Art Director

Ali Sullivan

Vice President of Sales

Colleen Monaghan Sales Manager

Brooke Genusa

Account Executives

Tess Jones, Zane Wilson Production Manager

Jessica DeBold

Production Designers

Emily Andras, Demi Schaffer, Molly Tullier Traffic Coordinator

Topher Balfer

Distribution Manager & In Stadium Sales

John Holzer

8 Today’s Entertainment

NEW ORLEANS

10 Community News 18  Tom and Gayle Benson

88 Players

28 Head Coach Sean Payton

93 Alphabetical Roster

34  Executive and Coaching Staff

96 Depth Chart

48 Player Personnel

98 Statistics

50 2018 Staff Directory 52  Mercedes-Benz Superdome Facts, Seating Chart & Food Map 58 Fan Code of Conduct

PANTHERS

60 Saintsation Spotlight

66 Players to Watch 72 Rookie Rundown

94 Head Coach & Players

74 Ring of Honor

95 Alphabetical Roster

80 Photo Gallery

97 Depth Chart

86 Fun Facts 106 Outside the Huddle

102 Statistics

110 Pelicans Schedule 112 Final Frame

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Chief Executive Officer

Todd Matherne President

Alan Campell Executive Vice President/ Editor-In-Chief

Errol Laborde

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FEATURES

62 Game Preview

Throwback

78 Alumni Spotlight

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ToDAY’s Entertainment

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Victory

Victory’s music is a fusion between Soul music and Folk Music. Whether Victory is performing classics or original compositions, she has a way of tailoring each song with her voice and guitar to fit her unique style. Some people say that Victory is in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone. But beyond those three, Victory brings an entirely new youthful element to the music world, an indescribable spiritual depth mixed with her youthful interpretation of sound influencing her artistic expressions. Moreover Victory colors a lot of her musical arrangements with rich jazz chords as she is rooted and grounded in Jazz tradition.

Pregame Entertainment Saintsations

Saints Hall of Fame Former Saints K Garrett Hartley will meet with fans at the Saints Hall of Fame prior to the game.

SAINTS ENTERTAINMENT DEPARTMENT

Special Presentations Ochsner Hero Peoples Health Champion

Directors Gameday Staff P.A. Announcer Announcer Video Hosts Audio Coordinator House control coordinator Graphic Designer Video production Saints strolling jazz band

Josh Richardson Jared Sampson Cal Abadin Jeff Gapultos Kelsey Hamilton Tiffany Hammond Chip Howat Craig Howat Amy Winchester Mark Romig Chuck Edwards Mike Hoss Carley McCord Kyle Curley Samantha Carducci Chad Vincent Kyle Campbell James Crosbie Brendan Ergas Ben Fallin Sumner Gilliam Shota Hashimoto Scott Horvitz Bruce Hirstius

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Director Ashley Deaton Coach Lora Davis Coordinators Tamica Lee Kelly Dupont


Community News

By Courtney Funchess

Inspiring Children Today for the Families of Tomorrow Mark Ingram Foundation Hosts Holiday Shopping Event with Saints Players

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n Dec. 18, RB Mark Ingram, one of the club’s most popular players inside and outside of the locker room, led a shopping event for a group with the Mentoring Children of Promise Program through Volunteers of America. The program matches caring adults with youth who have a parent in prison — in hopes of giving these young people extra acceptance, attention, encouragement and guidance. Every year since Ingram’s rookie season, he has hosted events like this for this program. This mission hits close to home for Ingram, who also experienced a parent being incarcerated at a young age. He knows the importance of outreach for youths whose family has been disruption due to incarceration. “There is more than a 60 percent chance that the same situation may happen to someone who has had a parent incarcerated,” Ingram explained. He shared a few words of wisdom with the children in hopes of helping break the cycle of broken families. “Stay focused and confident. Do well in school and set high goals. Keep positive people in your corner at all times. Always put God first. Lastly, listen to your loved ones.” Ingram strives to help families like these to overcome the odds. For the event, each child was paired with Saints players and given

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a $100 gift card to buy gifts of their choice. As they roamed the aisles with smiles and laughter, they seemed to enjoy themselves. It was great to see that most children sought out gifts for their families, especially their siblings. One young boy was giddy because he wanted a hoverboard. While another little girl browsed through the footballs searching for the perfect gift for her older brother. After nearly 45 minutes of shopping, the children and players came back together, and each child was given autographed yearbooks signed by the participating players. Among the players who lent their hand to the event were quarterback Drew Brees,

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his wife, Brittany, and their children, WR Brandon Coleman, RB Trey Edmunds, DE Cameron Jordan and DE Hau’oli Kikaha, RB Daniel Lasco, FB Zach Line, WR Willie Snead IV, and RB Jonathan Williams. A few of the players, including Lasco and Snead, mentioned their commonality with the children and Ingram. They reassured the children that they are not alone and to continue to strive for greatness. It is important to offer preventative guidance to children while they are experiencing the hardships of having a parent incarcerated, and it’s programs like Mentoring Children of Promise and the Mark Ingram Foundation aim to do just that.


Community News

By Courtney Funchess

Deck the Halls

Thomas Morstead And Saints Teammates Spread Holiday Cheer at Ochsner

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uring every holiday season, the Saints take an annual trip to Ochsner Medical Center and spread cheer and deliver gifts to pediatric and oncology patients. On Dec. 19, P Thomas Morstead and several teammates strolled the halls of the hospital with the Saintsations in tow, and wearing Star Wars-themed Santa Claus hats to share a few merry moments with patients both young and old. As the players and Saintsations entered the rooms dressed as Santa’s helpers, faces lit up. As patients and their families began to realize who their visitors were, they became overjoyed. They were presented with toys and gift cards to stores and restaurants. “It’s a great event,” said Morstead. “I think it is nice for these guys that are a part of the team to come out and spread a little Christmas cheer. Everybody is in here for certain reasons. You have a kid that’s going through cancer treatment, and he’s obviously a long-term patient. Then you also meet

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somebody who broke their leg and they’re just in here for a few days. It’s just nice to come up here and do something nice for the people going through different tribulations.” Each patient’s story is different from the next, but they all showed gratitude and appreciation for the Saints and wished them well as they were preparing to face off with the Atlanta Falcons for an important division contest on Christmas Eve. “You may see some of our biggest fans in here, so that’s cool too. They let us know they are supporting us and how much our team means to them,” said Morstead. While making a few stops along the way, some patients had been informed that they would be able to go home just in time for the holidays — great news to truly illustrate the meaning of the most wonderful time of year. In 2014, Morstead and his wife, Lauren, started their foundation, What You Give Will Grow. The foundation was created to support the New Orleans community, and especially

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families with children battling cancer. Through the many efforts of the foundation, the mission is to encourage and inspire others to support them via the spirit of giving.


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Community News

By Courtney Funchess

MAN OF THE YEAR

Cameron Jordan Chosen as the Club’s most giving player of 2017

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ew Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan has been named the club’s 2017 Man of the Year, making him the club nominee for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is presented by the NFL and honors a player’s volunteer and charity work as well as his excellence on the field. The team nominees for all 32 clubs have been announced. “Cameron is a most deserving honoree as the Saints’ Man of the Year,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mickey Loomis. “He has been and continues to be a true leader in his community. I’m amazed at how often Jordan is visiting schools, hospitals, fundraisers, community get-togethers and more. He has a kind and compassionate heart, and he lights up a room when he walks in. I think he epitomizes the commitment to community involvement that Walter Payton so proudly represented.” “I’m humbled and honored,” said Jordan. “The reason I do my part in the community is that I feel it’s important to give back. I’ve been given so much growing up, just from the role models like my parents, to teachers and coaches. I just want to give back

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and do the same things they did for me.” Jordan has been a cornerstone both on and off the field for the Saints since being selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of California. On the field, he has been chosen as a team captain the last three seasons, has played in all 112 career games since entering the NFL with 111 starts, including 97 consecutive, the longest active streak for a defensive end. In seven seasons, he has posted 456 tackles (277 solo), 59.5 sacks, fifth in club record books, two interceptions, 40 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. In 2017, Jordan was selected to his third Pro Bowl and starting all 16 games, he posted 62 tackles, a career-high 13 sacks, ranked fourth in the NFL, 11 passes defensed, first among NFL defensive linemen and two forced fumbles. Off the field, Jordan’s known throughout the region for his service, which is centered on education and physical fitness. He appears at local schools weekly and participates in other service undertakings. He also actively supports the foundation and charitable activities of teammates. In the 2017 offseason, he embarked on a United

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Service Organizations Tour in Southwest Asia. Even before the contest against the Atlanta Falcons, Jordan participated in a teammate’s community event on Dec. 18 and then hosted a celebrity waiter event to help provide scholarships for local youth. On Dec. 19, he hosted a Copeland’s Kids Club Football Camp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. On Dec. 22, he and a teammate partnered with the Metropolitan Centers for Community Advocacy for a holiday shopping event for selected participants. He supports fallen teammate Will Smith’s “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” Foundation annually, and keeps the former Saints’ great legacy alive in this community. Three of the 32 team nominees will be selected and announced as finalists for the NFL award in January. $500,000 will be donated in the name of the 2017 winner. $250,000 will be given to the winner’s charity of choice, and $250,000 will be granted in his name to expand the NFL’s Character Playbook program across the country. The two other finalists will each receive a $100,000 donation to their charity of choice and a $100,000 donation in their names to expand Character Playbook. All the other 29 nominees will receive a $50,000 gift to their charity of choice and an additional $50,000 in their names to broaden Character Playbook. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.


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om and Gayle Benson give the New Orleans Saints their unwavering commitment to operating a model franchise with championship aspirations on the field, while being a community leader in the Gulf South off the field, through extensive investment and involvement. The 2017 season will mark Tom Benson’s 33rd year of ownership of the franchise, while Gayle Benson serves as the club’s Executive Officer. Under the supervision and guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Benson, the Saints have reached new heights since 2006. This period, featuring the Super Bowl XLIV title, two NFC Championship appearances, three division championships and five playoff berths, combined with a commitment to rebuild and enhance the Gulf South, has embodied the testament and realization of the principles that Mr. Benson first instilled in the Saints organization when he purchased the franchise in 1985.

The start of Benson ownership When Mr. Benson, who owned numerous automotive and banking interests in both the New Orleans area and South Texas, initially became interested in purchasing the club in

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1985, he was motivated by the threat of outof-town investors planning to move the club from New Orleans. He was certainly a fan of the game and the Saints, but the sport had yet to become one of his passions. As one of the area’s top businessmen, Mr. Benson recognized the importance of the team to the region and immediately spearheaded the effort to keep the Saints. But unlike others at the time, it wasn’t just an emotional plea. He pooled all of his resources, purchased the club in 1985 and preserved the Saints for the team’s legion of fans across the area. The once-rampant speculation that the club was moving immediately ceased.

A winning team evolution Not surprisingly, success soon followed as the Saints entered the most compelling and memorable period in franchise history under Mr. Benson’s leadership after having previously not enjoyed a winning record or a playoff berth. In 1986, in one of his first personnel moves as Owner, he hired Jim Finks as president/ general manager and Jim Mora as head coach. In 1987, the Saints broke through with a 12-3 record and hosted their first playoff contest. In its first 17 seasons of existence,

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the Saints won a total of 73 games. Under Benson’s guidance, the franchise exceeded that win total in only eight years by 1992. The Saints reached even greater heights in 2006, when ownership entrusted Executive VicePresident/General Manager Mickey Loomis to hire Sean Payton as head coach and sign free agent quarterback Drew Brees. Since those moves, the franchise has reached its highest point of success, posting a 107-79 overall record over the last 11 years, capped by the Super Bowl XLIV Championship.

Supporting fans and the city The Bensons’ commitment to winning and serving the community is an opportunity to reward the team’s fans, whose support has reached new heights with the MercedesBenz Superdome being sold-out on a season ticket basis for every campaign since 2006, with a waiting list of over 73,000 people. By the end of the 2016 season, the consecutive sellout streak had extended to 111 games. In addition to the on-field success and the commitment to the community by the Saints, the efforts of ownership have also paid great economic dividends for the city of New Orleans and the sur-


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OWNERSHIP helped in the region’s recovery. The club was among the first major businesses to return to New Orleans, and in 2006 had a thrilling season where they reached the NFC Championship Game for the first time, becoming an inspiration for a region on the mend. In 2010, the club established the Saints Gulf Coast Renewal Fund, which raised over $1.5 million through the raffle of a Super Bowl ring and the 2012 raffle of Saints and Pelicans game day experiences. Over one million dollars has been distributed to charities, such as the local chapters of the Second Harvest Food Bank and Catholic Charities to help provide support of those affected by subsequent natural and manmade disasters, including the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Hurricane Isaac and flooding throughout the State in 2016. The efforts of the organization have continued to lift the community, with the team serving as an economic engine and a pacesetter in philanthropic contributions. In 2008, Mr. Benson was selected by the Volunteers of America as the winner of its annual Good Samaritan Award in Philanthropy in recognition of his work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In 2015, he was honored by New Orleans City Business as one of the region’s 35 “Driving Forces” for his contributions to the community since Hurricane Katrina. Under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Benson, the Saints are a focal point for healing and restoration—annually putting millions in charitable contributions, goods and services back into the entire Gulf South. Their commitment to the region is firm and lasting, with the focus on building a stronger and more unified city. It’s a direction that continues to evolve and expand. rounding areas. Since Mr. Benson first purchased the team in 1985, the city has hosted five Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLVII. Mr. Benson has been the driving force behind each campaign to secure the contest, including the most recent successful campaign at the annual league meetings in May, 2009. Each Super Bowl has been an economic windfall, the 2013 game in New Orleans totaling $480 million, not to mention the exposure and charitable contributions the NFL makes during Super Bowl week that extends for generations. The Bensons are committed to continuing to bring future Super Bowls to New Orleans. Highly regarded throughout the NFL, Super Bowl bids are only one of many ways which Mr. and Mrs. Benson influence the sport and the League. Mr. Benson has played a key role among NFL owners in many capacities, including serving three stints as Chairman of the Finance Committee, one of the League’s most difficult, time-consuming and influential positions, with his most recent term ending in 2013. The assignment is evidence of the respect and esteem in which successive NFL commissioners and his fellow owners hold him.

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A dedication to others

Building up New Orleans

Possessing the desire to give back to the great game of football, in 2014 Mr. and Mrs. Benson pledged two significant gifts totaling $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. $10 million was earmarked for the immediate renovation of the Hall’s onsite stadium, which hosts the annual enshrinement Ceremony, the NFL Hall of Fame Game, two high school football teams and two college football teams in Canton, Ohio. In his honor, the facility has been renamed “Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.” The additional one million dollars is the first donation towards the establishment of the Hall of Fame’s Legends Landing program, a mixed-use residence that will include room for Hall of Famers and former NFL players. Dedication to the Gulf South are among Mr. and Mrs. Benson’s most rewarding endeavors. Since 2005, the Saints have positioned themselves as a leader in the recovery of the region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Immediately after the storm, they established the Saints Hurricane Katrina Fund, which raised over one million dollars to benefit worthy causes that

The Bensons have helped stimulate the development of the city’s Central Business District, directly adjoining the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, starting with the 2009 purchase of the formerly vacant and blighted Dominion Tower and the unoccupied New Orleans Centre. The two important commercial spaces, which were vacant since Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, have returned that region of the CBD into a more vibrant and viable sector of New Orleans and revitalized an area that was largely ignored for four years following Hurricane Katrina. The newly renovated Benson Tower has served as a boon to this important business corridor, while “Champions Square,” which made its debut in 2010 adjacent to the former mall, is continually being developed and enhanced with the ultimate objective of producing a world-class sports and entertainment destination. This economic investment plan, which included 2009 agreements on both a private and public level, has revitalized the Mercedes-Benz Superdome area, and the agreement with the state included a dramatic modernization of the stadium which was

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Additional Investment In 2014, Mrs. Benson established GMB Racing Stables with an initial purchase of seven colts, hiring three veteran trainers, all with Louisiana ties. In 2016, two of the thoroughbreds, Mo Tom and Tom’s Ready participated in the Kentucky Derby. In April, Mr. Benson, a longtime veteran in the automobile dealership industry, purchased Cadillac of New Orleans to add to his roster of local dealerships, which also include Best Chevrolet and Mercedes-Benz of New Orleans. In July, he completed the purchase of Dixie Beer, a legendary local brand.

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completed in 2011. Following the debut of the renovations, the Saints, under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Benson and Mercedes-Benz USA reached a ten-year agreement to rename the facility the “Mercedes-Benz Superdome.” The stadium upgrades and rebranding include a legion of new enhancements that have significantly improved the fan experience for all events at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and kept the building competitive with new facilities across the country, allowing it to continue to host elite events including Super Bowl XLVII, the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the upcoming 2022 Final Four and the College Football Playoff semifinals and championship game. Recognizing the need for the stadium to be consistently upgraded, Mr. and Mrs. Benson have most recently collaborated on a multi-million dollar enhancement project for which they contributed $25 million, resulting in significant technology-related enhancements to improve the fan experience, headlined by the addition of two state-of-the-art LED video boards that debuted in August, 2016.

Practice, Practice, Practice Originally constructed in 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Benson are committed to keeping the club’s world-class practice facility among the NFL’s elite. In 2003, an indoor practice facility and cafeteria were constructed, along with significant upgrades to the team’s locker room, training room and weight room. A significant expansion in 2012 and the construction of a fully remodeled locker room in 2017 assure that the Ochsner Sports Performance Center remains at the top level of the league.

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Nurturing the entire Gulf South Away from the playing field, Mr. and Mrs. Benson continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the Saints’ value reaches the entire Gulf South, whether it’s through economic investments that enrich the charitable contributions or groundbreaking community efforts. In addition to reaching out by supporting charities, they also recognize that the future of the area’s economy depends on keeping major businesses and employers in the Gulf South locally-owned. Several large investments in the city’s future by the Bensons have encouraged a number of other businesses to follow their example and continue to build the local economy.

New Orleans Pelicans In 2012 Mr. Benson purchased the NBA Hornets franchise, which was successfully rebranded as the Pelicans. The objectives in Mr. and Mrs. Benson’s ownership of the basketball team are the same as their stewardship of the Saints: to produce a team on-the-court that will compete for championships every year, while making a significant positive impact off-the-court in the community. Upon the ownership transfer, state-of-the-art basketball practice facilities were constructed adjacent to the Saints practice fields. In addition through expansion of the administrative facilities for both teams, the entire Pelicans organization was housed together for the first time in the franchise’s history. Through agreements with the state of Louisiana upon the purchase of the Pelicans, the Smoothie King Center has undergone nearly a complete renovation since

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In 2008, Mr. Benson’s purchase of WVUE FOX 8 made it the only network-affiliated wholly locally-owned television station in New Orleans. Following its sale to Raycom in 2017, he leaves the station in much better shape than when he assumed ownership. His management of the station was followed by investment in facilities and top on-air talent. The station processed to receive numerous George Foster Peabody Awards, Dupont Awards and Edward R. Murrow Awards for their programming and investigative reporting. In 2016 and 2017, the station captured first place in the ratings in key news categories, while continuing its award-winning ways.

The Legacy Since purchasing the Saints, Mr. Benson’s significant contributions in the sports, business and charitable arenas have been recognized by several honors. His accomplishments have been recognized through his induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2014), the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame (New Orleans Chapter-2013), the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame (2012), the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame (2011), the Texas Business Hall of Fame (2007) and in 2017 receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana chapter of the Association For Corporate Growth. Community involvement and giving back are hallmarks of Mr. and Mrs. Benson’s ownership of the Saints. The couple has made a positive impact in the community both personally and through both professional sports teams in the areas of the arts, education, faith-based causes, healthcare and military, as well as other deserving causes. Most recently in 2014, Mr. and Mrs. Benson were recognized for their philanthropy by the Anti-Defamation League with the A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award. Mrs. Benson


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Gayle Benson An accomplished business professional who enjoyed a successful 30-year career in the design industry and real estate development, Mrs. Benson has utilized her passion for design to support the arts in New Orleans. Raised in Old Algiers, she directed numerous major design efforts with her clients, including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, several of the city’s most prestigious hotels and local supermarket chains and automobile dealerships. Mrs. Benson was involved in the NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) project “Art for Art’s Sake” and is a member of the museum’s advisory board. Most recently, she served as one of the chairs for NOMA’s Odyssey Ball in 2014, which raised over $700,000—the most in the gala’s history. The funds help ensure the museum’s ability to present world-class exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives.

Educating Louisiana Both products of local schools, Mr. and Mrs. Benson are committed to supporting the area’s educational institutions. In recognition of their longstanding support of Catholic education, the couple received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association in 2010. In 2012, they established the Brother Nicholas, S.C. Building Endowment to support Brother Martin High School (formerly St. Aloysius, from where he graduated). In 1986, his alma mater honored Mr. Benson as their Alumnus of the Year. With Mr. Benson having been educated at Loyola University New Orleans, he and his wife made a pledge for the construction of a new Jesuit Center in 2010, contributed to the creation of the Jesuit Social Research Institute in 2008 and he helped fund the first phase of construction of a chemistry wing in 1999. In 2010, Mr. Benson was honored by Loyola University with the school’s Integritas Vitae Award, the New Orleans school’s highest honor. The award is annually presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities Loyola seeks to instill in its students. The Bensons have also supported numerous local schools with gifts, including St. Mary’s Dominican High School, Jesuit High School and Tulane University. In supporting Tulane’s construction of an on-campus stadium, the Green Wave started playing on “Benson Field” in 2014. The Bensons are members of the Paul Tulane Society, recognizing their significant generosity to the school. Mrs. Benson serves on the Board of Directors for Tulane, the University of Incarnate Word and Archbishop

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Hannan and Dominican High Schools. Mr. and Mrs. Benson have also made several significant gifts to higher education in San Antonio, Texas. They funded the building of a football stadium located on the University of Incarnate Word Campus, known as Gayle and Tom Benson Field and Benson Fieldhouse, which also services the school’s teams. The football squad took to the field for the first time in 2009 and continues to grow and build their foundation with the Bensons’ unwavering support. Mr. Benson was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Benson also established an endowment fund at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio that is dedicated to the memory of the late Robert Carter Benson, who graduated from the school in 1962, and donated the school’s “Benson Memorial Library.”

Spiritual Connections Longtime advocates of faith-based causes and spirituality, Mr. and Mrs. Benson have been longtime trusted and valued members of the local Catholic community. Mrs. Benson has served on Archbishop’s Community Appeal campaigns for four different Archbishops over the course of the past 20 years and has also worked tirelessly with the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Catholic Charities organization and its umbrella agencies. Mrs. Benson has worked closely with Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults programs at both St. Louis Cathedral and Holy Name of Jesus Parish. She serves as a proud member of the Board of Trustees for the Oblate School of Theology, as well as on Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and is a noted friend of the St. Louis Cathedral Board, also working closely with the Missionary Oblates Partnership and the Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation Planned Giving Advisory Committee. Mrs. Benson is currently an active member of the “I Will Give You Shepherds” campaign, which plans to renovate the second floor of the historic Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. The support of the Catholic Church by the Bensons has been recognized on numerous occasions. For his humanitarian and philanthropic endeavors that have positively affected the lives of so many individuals and groups, Mr. Benson was honored in 2012 by the Catholic Church with an Oblate Doctor of Humane Letters (to a person who has achieved the human purpose for which Divine Providence Placed Him on Earth) certificate that honors his “realities of the most noble of human endeavors, weighted by criteria arising from the deepest human values.” The certificate also honors “excellence in the area of life where excellence makes the most difference,” and further cites his “attributes

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and accomplishments that come closest to what God would be interested in honoring.” In 2012, Mr. and Mrs. Benson received from Pope Benedict XVI the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award—for outstanding service to the Church and the Pontiff, the highest Papal award granted to a lay person. Mrs. Benson has received the Medal of the Order of St. Louis Award for her dedication to the Church.

Healthy Living in Louisiana Mr. and Mrs. Benson have also shown their commitment to the health and wellness of the local community with the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center on the main campus of Ochsner Medical Center. The center was built and has since been upgraded following multiple gifts to the area’s leading health service network of hospitals and clinics. In addition to serving on the Ochsner board, Mrs. Benson has led 100-plus volunteer committee members in hosting the Moonlight and Miracles event four consecutive times—the organization’s annual gala to benefit the Ochsner Cancer Institute. The event has raised over one million dollars annually to benefit cancer patients in the region. Supporting the efforts of former Saints safety Steve Gleason and his Team Gleason organization which helps provide people with ALS and other debilitating conditions and environment where they can live vital and productive lives with meaningful freedom and independence, Mr. and Mrs. Benson donated five million dollars in 2014 to the Team Gleason House for Innovative Living at the New Orleans St. Margaret’s facility.

A True Patriot In 1945, Mr. Benson served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. South Dakota and has remained particularly close to this branch of the armed forces. He is the only enlisted man to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Pensacola Naval Museum and has been honored with an award from the crew of the submarine U.S.S. Louisiana. In 2007, Mr. Benson was honored by the U.S. Navy Memorial with the Lone Sailor Award, presented to those who exemplify the core values of honor, courage and commitment. In 2009, Benson was presented with the U.S. Army’s “Army Strong” Award in recognition for his position in the community while demonstrating leadership and Army Values on a daily basis. A leading advocate for the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., Mr. Benson was also a major contributor and past director of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, with his pledges helping fund the Pacific Exhibit Grand Opening and the Midway Theater. In 2011, he was among five NFL owners honored with an American Spirit Award by the museum for service in the war.


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ince Tom Benson’s purchase of the New Orleans Saints in 1985 and the New Orleans Pelicans in 2012, the clubs’ greatest impact has been in the Gulf South community. The charitable involvement of the clubs rank as he and his wife Gayle’s largest priority personally. It is Mr. and Mrs. Benson’s vision that the Saints and the Pelicans are much more than professional sports teams and, through their leadership, they are committed to giving back and serving a region that has shown incredible support. The Bensons and the clubs’ players, coaches and staff are leaders when it comes to volunteerism, involvement, donations and charitable outreach. As dedicated corporate citizens, the Saints and the Pelicans annually put millions of dollars back into the community in financial support, in-kind donations, charitable appearances and the donations of goods and services-not to mention the club’s critical role in economic development and impact. The Bensons have been honored repeatedly for the support and care of charitable and civic causes, including the Volunteers of America selecting Mr. Benson as the winner of the annual Good Samaritan Award in Philanthropy in 2008. In 2010, he was awarded Loyola University of New Orleans’ highest honor as the recipient of

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the Integritas Vitae Award, given to an individual who exemplifies a commitment to community service. In 2014, Mrs. Benson was recognized by the Girl Scouts of Louisiana East as a Woman of Distinction for her leadership and service to others. In 2010, both Mr. and Mrs. Benson received the Elizabeth Seton Award, which is dedicated to those who have served the National Catholic Education Association through personal or professional philanthropy that has positively impacted Catholic education in the nation. In 2012, they received from Pope Benedict XVI the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award for outstanding service to the Catholic Church and the Pontiff, the highest Papal award granted to a lay person. Through the leadership of the Bensons, the Saints and now the Pelicans have raised over $3 million for community causes to support natural disasters including hurricanes, the Gulf Coast oil spill and most recently flooding throughout the State of Louisiana in 2016. Annually, both clubs have also partnered with local youth-oriented charities such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, Boy and Girls Scouts of America and the United Way to reach as many children as possible. Both teams encourage the health and wellness of children in the Gulf South through Junior Training Camp programs that create fun and memorable football and

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basketball experiences while promoting physical fitness and the importance of daily routines. Over 45 foundations and agencies receive monetary donations from the Saints and Pelicans each year – organizations as diverse as Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Heart Association, the United Negro College Fund, Habitat for Humanity, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Medical Center, Donate Life America and Team Gleason. In addition to consistently supporting local charities, the Bensons have also been a leading advocate for New Orleans and the Gulf South by lending their support in attracting new events to the city, and the clubs have worked in conjunction with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and other local entities to bid and receive events such as the 2012 and 2022 NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship, the 2013 and 2020 Women’s Final Four and the 2014 and 2017 NBA All-Star Games. New Orleans’ leading advocate of the successful bid to host Super Bowl XLVII, the Bensons remain committed to work on behalf of the city to land future Super Bowls, because of the financial impact and positive global exposure they are able to shed on the city and the state.


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ince he was hired as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Sean Payton has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the NFL. Since coming to New Orleans, Payton has led the Saints to five playoff berths, three NFC South division titles and the franchise’s first World Championship with a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Payton has a 100-70 overall record (.588), including a 6-4 postseason mark (.600) after the franchise had won only one playoff game prior to his arrival. Throughout his tenure, Payton holds the franchise’s top win total and winning percentage for a head coach. As Payton enters the 2017 campaign he continues to represent the Saints as the model of stability not only within the NFC South, as he is the longest tenured head coach within the division, but also within the NFL as only New England’s Bill Belichick (2000), Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (2003) and Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy (hired one week prior to Payton in 2006) have been with their teams longer. Payton is also one of just six active coaches to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. The others are Belichick, Seattle’s Pete Carroll, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, McCarthy and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin. Payton’s presided over the NFL’s most prolific offense since his arrival, leading the league in net yards per game in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016, and finishing first in scoring in 2008 and 2009. These are the only six times the Saints have led the NFL in offense. Ranking in the top ten offensively every season since Payton arrived, the Saints have the third-longest streak (11 seasons) in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. In team history, the Saints have scored at least 45 points on 19 separate occasions with 15 of these outputs occurring under Payton’s watch, including two in 2016. Defensively, New Orleans has finished in the top five twice (2010 and 2013). He has also sent a total of 37 selections to the Pro Bowl and earned the honor of coaching the NFC squad following the 2006 season.

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In 2016, Payton had the Saints in playoff contention right until Week 16 despite seasonending injuries to four Week One starters. Rebounding from a 0-3 start, the Saints won four of their next five contests to get right back in the middle of the postseason picture. Payton accomplished the balancing act of adding youth to his squad while keeping the Saints in the thick of the playoff hunt. He nurtured the on-field growth of rookie and second-year players, including S Vonn Bell, DT Tyeler Davison, K Wil Lutz, DT David Onyemata, T/G Andrus Peat, DT Sheldon Rankins and WR Willie Snead IV and Michael Thomas, each of who played significant roles for an emerging team. He also fostered impressive production from veteran players such as QB Drew Brees, DT Nick Fairley, RB Mark Ingram II, DE Cameron Jordan, LB Craig Robertson, T Zach Strief, C Max Unger and S Kenny Vaccaro. The offense finished first in the NFL for the sixth time under Payton’s direction (426.0 ypg.), also leading the league in passing (317.1 ypg.), third down conversion rate (48.6), first downs (395) and yards after the catch (2,439). The offense was led by Brees, who completed 471of-673 passes (70.0%) for 5,208 yards with 37 touchdowns and a 101.7 passer rating, leading the NFL in passing yardage for the seventh time and surpassing 5,000 yards for the fifth time. Ingram became the first Saint with 1,000 yards rushing (1,043) since 2006, Thomas, who set club rookie receiving records with a team-high 92 grabs for 1,137 yards with nine touchdowns, combined with fellow wideout Brandin Cooks (1,173 yards) to give New Orleans only the second offense in NFL history that featured a 5,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers. The offensive line surrendered only 27 sacks, the NFL’s sixth-lowest total. Defensively, a young unit moved in the right direction, surrendering only 90.6 rushing yards per game, and ranking sixth in the NFL over the final 13 weeks of the season, allowing under 100 yards rushing in eight games, the fewest in a single season since 2013 (seven). DT Nick Fairley and DE Cameron Jordan both started every game up front for the Saints and combined for 14 sacks. Robertson, signed in the offseason, opened all 15 games he appeared in and posted a career-high and team-high 131 tackles. After missing the first seven games with

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a leg injury, Rankins posted four sacks in nine contests. Bell and Vaccaro combined for 178 stops and four takeaways on the back end. After a slow start to the 2015 campaign, a team that featured 17 players who had not appeared in a regular season contest prior to the season opener won three of their last four games and finished 7-9, making strides in all phases. A high powered, quick-striking offense held its place among the elite in the NFL as the Saints finished second in the NFL in total net yards per game (403.8) and first in net passing yards per game (310.6), third down conversion rate (47.7%) and first downs (381). While maintaining their explosive profile, the offense reduced their turnovers from 30 in 2014 to only 19 in 2015. Brees completed 428-of-627 passes (68.3%) for an NFL-best 4,870 yards, 32 touchdowns and a 101.0 passer rating. Cooks enjoyed a breakout campaign, leading the team with 84 receptions for 1,138 yards with nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Saints had six players with no prior NFL experience start games for the club in 2015 and the development showed towards the end of the season when they surrendered under 20 points in two of their final four contests. Of the club’s 21 defensive takeaways, nine were by players in their first year. Jordan reached double digit sacks for the second time in his career and represented the Saints at the Pro Bowl. An opportunistic special teams unit scored two touchdowns, their highest total since 2008 and tied for the group’s most since Payton took over in 2006. They also scored the first defensive two-point conversion since the NFL rules change was instituted in 2015, blocked three kicks and booted two game-winning field goals. The 2014 Saints finished 7-9, but rebounded from a 2-4 start to win three games against playoff teams down the stretch and captured their last four contests away from home to finish at least .500 on the road for the first time since 2011, ending the campaign half a game out of first place in the NFC South. New Orleans finished first in the NFL in net yards per game (411.4), third down efficiency (48.3%), first downs (395) and opponent punt return average (4.1). Four Saints (Brees, G Jahri Evans, TE Jimmy Graham and RB Mark Ingram II) were selected to the Pro Bowl. Brees tied for first in the NFL in passing yardage (4,952). In 2013, Payton guided the Saints back to


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STAFF - Head Coach the postseason with an 11-5 mark, finishing 8-0 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the second time in three seasons. Ranking fourth in the NFL both on offense (399.4 ypg.) and defense (305.7 ypg.), New Orleans was one of the league’s most balanced clubs as they were the only team to rank in the top five in both categories. The defensive improvement of 134.4 net yards per game from 2012 was the biggest by a club since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. In opponent points per game, after surrendering 28.4 in 2012, the Saints gave up only 19.0 in 2013 as they improved in the league rankings from 31st to fourth. After reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons, Payton led New Orleans to the franchise’s first road postseason victory with a 26-24 win at Philadelphia in the Wild Card round. Five players (Brees, Evans, Graham, G Ben Grubbs and DE Cameron Jordan) were selected to the Pro Bowl. In 2011, the Saints went to the playoffs for the third consecutive season and captured their third NFC South title with a 13-3 record, tying a club record for regular season victories first set in 2009. It was the first time that the club has had at least 11 wins in three straight campaigns. Taking advantage of the MercedesBenz Superdome’s environment, the Saints posted an undefeated 8-0 record at their home stadium for the first time. With five road victories, the Saints also enjoyed another first in posting winning records at visiting stadiums in three consecutive seasons. In fact, three of the top six road campaigns in team history (7-1 in 2009, 6-2 in both 2006 and 2010) have come under Payton. His regular season road winning percentage (.538) is tops in club history. Payton oversaw a record-setting year on offense for the Saints in 2011, as New Orleans set an NFL single-season mark with 7,474 net yards, while also posting a team-record 547 points, then the fourth-highest total alltime. Brees set NFL single-season records for completions (468) and completion percentage (71.2%) and what was then a mark for yardage (5,476). The team set NFL records for total net yards (7,474), completions (472), completion percentage (71.3%), third down conversion rate (56.7%) and fewest fumbles (6), while also setting what were then league marks for net passing yards (5,347) and first downs (416). A reconfigured offensive line with three new starters surrendered only 24 sacks, tied for the second-lowest total in the league. Five players represented the team at the Pro Bowl. In 2010, Payton led the Saints to their second straight postseason appearance with an 11-5 record. New Orleans converted an NFL-best 48.8% of their third down attempts and ranked sixth in the NFL in total yards (372.5 ypg.). In addition, the team finished third in passing (277.6 ypg.). The Saints finished fifth in the NFL

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with 351 first downs, the third-highest total in club history. New Orleans’ offensive line gave up only 26 sacks, which was the NFL’s fifth-lowest total. Five Saints were Pro Bowl selections. Defensively, the team took a big step forward, making the jump from the 25th ranked total defense in 2009 to fourth overall (306.3 ypg.) in 2010. It marked the first time since 1997 that they ranked among the league’s top five. Most significant was a jump in pass defense, moving from 26th (235.6 ypg.) in 2009 to fourth (193.9 ypg.) in 2010. The club moved up from 20th to seventh (19.2 ppg) in opponent points per game. The defense also significantly improved their opponent third down conversion ranking from 14th (38.0%) to fifth (34.5%). In 2009, en route to the Super Bowl XLIV title, Payton guided the Saints to the team’s second NFC South title in four seasons with a 13-3 record. Along the way the Saints set a franchise-record for most regular season wins in a season (13). Their 16 overall victories were the most in the club’s history. The Saints also

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posted the franchise’s longest winning streak and best start when they won their first 13 contests. Payton once again was named as the top head coach in the NFL by numerous media outlets and recognized football chapters. The Saints finished as the NFL’s top-ranked offense (sixth in rushing and fourth in passing) for the second straight year. An opportunistic defense recorded 26 interceptions with an NFL-leading five returned for touchdowns. New Orleans also ranked second in the league in opponent red zone touchdown percentage (39.3%). The Saints set what were then team records in scoring (510) and touchdowns (64) and battled through the postseason with victories over Arizona (NFC Divisional Playoff) and Minnesota (NFC Championship) en route to Super Bowl XLIV. A club-record seven players were named to the Pro Bowl. In 2008, the Saints ranked first overall in the NFL in offense and set what were then team records for total yards (6,571), net passing yards (4,977) and first downs (354), also tying


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what was then a team record for single-game scoring in a 51-29 win over Green Bay. In 2007, the Saints endured injuries and a slow start, but put together a fourgame winning streak to get back into playoff contention. New Orleans finished fourth in the NFL in total offense while also holding nine opponents to 17 points or less. Payton scrapped the traditional timetable for rebuilding an NFL club in 2006. In his opening season as a head coach, the Saints jumped out to a 3-0 record - a first in team history, equaling the team’s win total from the previous year – and clinched the NFC South title before the regular season finale. New Orleans led the NFL in total offense, went to the postseason for the first time since 2000 and advanced to the NFC Championship for the first time. When the 2006 season came to a close, Payton was voted the Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly/ Pro Football Writers of America, The Sporting News and the Maxwell Club. He and his staff coached the NFC squad in the Pro Bowl. Payton was hired as the 14th head coach

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in Saints history on Jan. 18, 2006 after serving as a member of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff from 2003-05 under 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Parcells. Prior to his final season with the Cowboys, Payton was promoted to assistant head coach/passing game coordinator and was responsible for the team’s play-calling after serving as assistant head coach/quarterbacks from 2003-04. In 2005, the Cowboys tied for second in the NFC with 318 first downs. When he arrived, Dallas had ranked 31st in passing the previous year but immediately improved to 17th. Payton went to Dallas following four years with the New York Giants (1999-2002), the last three as offensive coordinator after spending his first season as quarterbacks coach. He solidified his reputation as one of the game’s brightest offensive minds in his first season as offensive coordinator, when the Giants captured the NFC title and went to Super Bowl XXXV. New York scored 328 points – the club’s highest total since 1990 - and finished 13th in the NFL in total offense. Payton was first assigned play-calling duties prior to a game against the New York Jets on

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Dec. 5, 1999. The Giants responded with 41 points and 490 yards - both season highs - and he retained that assignment over the final five games. Appointed the offensive coordinator the following season, over the next three years the Giants passing attack continually improved, ranking 13th in the NFL in 2000, tied for eighth in 2001 and sixth in 2002. In 2002 the Giants also finished sixth overall in total offense, the team’s highest ranking since 1985. In the previous decade, New York hadn’t ranked above 20th. Prior to joining the Giants, he spent 1997 and 1998 as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach. In 1997, the Eagles ranked second in passing and third in total offense in the NFC. Payton has had particular success tutoring quarterbacks. Brees has thrived since arriving in New Orleans, as he holds or has tied a total of 26 club career, single-season and singlegame records, nine of them NFL marks. Since signing with the Saints, Brees has completed 4,711 of 6,949 attempts (67.8%) for 53,493 yards with 385 touchdowns and a 99.3 rating. He has led the NFL in passing yardage a league-record seven times and has been selected to nine Pro Bowls in a Saints uniform. Since his first year as a play-caller in 2000, every passer under Payton’s guidance has thrown for over 3,000 yards. In addition to Brees since 2006, the three starting quarterbacks he worked with in Dallas - Drew Bledsoe in 2005, Vinny Testaverde in 2004 and Quincy Carter in 2003 - all surpassed the milestone. While in New York, Giants QB Kerry Collins had 4,073 yards in 2002. Payton wrapped two coaching stints at San Diego State University (1988-89 and 199293) around a stop at Indiana State (1990-91). During his second stretch with the Aztecs, Payton was running backs coach, working with Heisman Trophy runner-up Marshall Faulk before becoming quarterbacks coach. Following the 1993 season, Payton moved to Miami (Ohio) (1994-95) where he was quarterbacks coach. He spent 1996 as quarterbacks coach at Illinois before entering the NFL with Philadelphia. Payton earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Eastern Illinois, where as a quarterback he had 10,665 passing yards, then the third-highest total in NCAA Division I-AA history. The three-time AP All-American selection had professional stints with Chicago of the Arena Football League, Ottawa of the Canadian Football League and the Chicago Bears in 1987. Payton was inducted into the Eastern Illinois Hall of Fame in September of 2000 and had his jersey retired in a ceremony in September of 2010. He received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2013. Payton was born Dec. 29, 1963 in San Mateo, Calif., and raised in Naperville, Ill., Payton has a daughter, Meghan and a son, Connor.


STAFF - EXECUTIVE Dennis Lauscha - President Dennis Lauscha, who was named president of the Saints in 2012, oversees the club’s financial operations, government affairs, its marketing, ticket and suite sales, legal, stadium, community affairs, human resources, information technology, business intelligence and facilities departments. He has also served as president of the New Orleans Pelicans since 2012. He is a representative for both clubs at NFL and NBA Owner’s Meetings. With his 2012 promotion with both clubs capping a steady rise through the executive ranks of the Saints, Lauscha first joined the club as treasurer in 1998 and later earned the additional titles of vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president. In addition to his duties with the Saints and Pelicans, the New Orleans native maintains multiple roles within other holdings of Tom and Gayle Benson, overseeing the management of their automotive dealer-

ships, Zelia LLC., GMB Racing and Dixie Beer. Lauscha had a key role in negotiations for lease extensions and facility upgrade agreements with the state of Louisiana to enhance the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center, the respective homes of the Saints and Pelicans. Both clubs are tethered to these continually upgraded facilities long-term, with Lauscha also playing a key role in brokering naming rights agreements with Mercedes-Benz and Smoothie King. Lauscha has also played a key role in upgrading the practice facilities for the clubs at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. The New Orleans native and Jesuit High School product graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He has also received a Master’s of Business Administration from Loyola University in New Orleans and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Mickey Loomis - Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis has been an integral part of the New Orleans Saints front office since 2000 and was promoted to General Manager in 2002. He took on the additional title of executive vice president later that year and is responsible for the club’s entire football operations. Loomis enters his 16th year in his current position and 18th with the Saints, is a veteran of 33 years in the NFL and during his time in New Orleans has been honored with the most prestigious awards presented to a league executive. The most satisfying achievement of Loomis’ career has come in helping mold a roster that has produced many of the franchise’s finest moments since 2006, including the Super Bowl XLIV championship. Loomis was a near-unanimous selection as the 2006 National Football League Executive of the Year, after being the key figure in the hiring of Head Coach Sean Payton, the signing

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of quarterback Drew Brees and essentially rebuilding a team that would advance to the NFC Championship. Loomis has continued to build on that success, as the team has posted a 107-79 record since 2006, highlighted by five postseason appearances, three division titles and the Super Bowl XLIV Championship. He also oversees the basketball operations of the New Orleans Pelicans. Before arriving in New Orleans, Loomis spent 15 years with the Seattle Seahawks, including as executive vice president from 199298. He joined the Seahawks in October, 1983, was promoted to vice president/finance in 1990 and to Executive Vice President in 1992. A native of Eugene, Ore., Loomis has a degree in accounting from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University.

Vicky Neumeyer Senior Vice President/ General Counsel

Michael Stanfield Senior Vice President of Sales


STAFF - Coaching Dennis Allen – Defensive Coordinator Back in New Orleans after four years away, 2017 marks Dennis Allen’s second full season as the team’s defensive coordinator and his eighth campaign with the club. In 2016, Allen molded a young defensive unit into a run-stopping force, surrendering only 90.6 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the NFL over the final 13 games of the season. With Allen’s guidance, DE Cameron Jordan led the team with 7.5 sacks. LB Craig Robertson was on the field for nearly every defensive snap and exploded for a team-high and career-high 131 tackles, one sack, one interception, five passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Missing the first seven games of his rookie season due to a leg injury, 2016 first-round draft pick DT Sheldon Rankins still posted

26 tackles (17 solo), four sacks and one forced fumble over nine games played. In the secondary, the safety trio of Vonn Bell, Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro combined for 274 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. A native of Hurst, Texas, Allen earned four letters for Texas A&M as a safety from 1992-95 and started the final 21 games of his career. PLAYING CAREER: Texas A&M, 1992-95. COACHING CAREER: Texas A&M, 1996-1999; Tulsa, 2000-01; Atlanta Falcons, 2002-05; New Orleans Saints, 2006-10, Denver Broncos, 2011, Oakland Raiders (Head Coach), 2012-14, New Orleans Saints 2015-.

Bradford Banta – Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta becomes the New Orleans Saints’ special teams coordinator in 2017, his 10th season as an NFL assistant after an 11-year career in the league as a tight end/long snapper. In 2016, Banta was the assistant special teams coach for the Washington Redskins. That season, Washington ranked fourth in the NFL in punt return average, while K Dustin Hopkins ranked third among kickers in scoring. A fourth-round pick (106th overall) by the Colts in 1994 out of Southern California, the Baton Rouge native and former University High School standout spent six

seasons in Indianapolis and established himself as one of the league’s best long snappers. He joined the New York Jets for the 2000 campaign, before playing three seasons with the Lions from 2001-03. He finished his 11-year playing career with Buffalo in 2004. PLAYING CAREER: Southern California, 1989-93; Indianapolis Colts, 1994-99; New York Jets, 2000; Detroit Lions, 2001-03; Buffalo Bills, 2004. COACHING CAREER: Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2007; Detroit Lions, 2008-13; Washington Redskins, 2014-16; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

Joseph Brady – Offensive Assistant Joseph Brady, a four-year coaching veteran, joins the New Orleans Saints in 2017 and will assist the team’s offensive staff in all aspects of game preparation. Brady comes to New Orleans after serving as a graduate assistant at Penn State from 2015-16. He previously served as a defensive assistant at William & Mary, his alma mater, from 2013-14, where he worked with the linebackers.

Brady was a wide receiver for the Tribe from 200912, after transferring from the Air Force Academy, garnering academic All-Conference distinction in 2011 and 2012. PLAYING CAREER: William & Mary, 2009-12 COACHING CAREER: William & Mary, 2013-14; Penn State, 2015-16; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

Charles Byrd – Assistant Strength & Conditioning After serving as an assistant his first two seasons, Charles Byrd was promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2010. His responsibilities consist of assisting Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple in implementing the team’s year-round program. Byrd is in his 12th season as a coach and 10th in the NFL after stints on the offseason and training camp rosters of the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and New York Giants from 2005-06 as a defensive back, while also playing for the Arena Football League’s Las Vegas

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Gladiators in 2006. He started as a strength and conditioning intern at Miami University (Ohio) in 2006, becoming a graduate assistant in his final year with the Redhawks before coming to New Orleans. Byrd graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s degree in university studies, where he played in the secondary and as a kickoff returner from 2001-04. PLAYING CAREER: Morehead State, 2001-04; Las Vegas Gladiators (Arena Football League), 2006 COACHING CAREER: Miami (Ohio), 200607; New Orleans Saints, 2008-.


STAFF - Coaching Dan Campbell – Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Dan Campbell enters his second season as the New Orleans Saints’ assistant head coach/tight ends, bringing 18 years of NFL experience, 11 as a player with four teams and seven as a coach. He joined the Saints in 2016 after spending six seasons on the Miami Dolphins, 2010-2015 (Head Coach last 12 games of 2015), including serving as the club’s interim head coach for the final 12 contests in 2015. In 2016, Campbell juggled several injuries at the position with Michael Hoomanawanui missing the entire season and Josh Hill missing seven contests. Despite the setbacks, the New Orleans tight ends group still played a key role in an offense that ranked first in the NFL with 426.0 total net yards per game and second in scoring with 29.3 points per game. Coby Fleener, in his first

season with New Orleans, appeared in 16 games with eight starts, catching 50 passes for 631 yards (12.6 avg.) with three touchdowns, while adding one rush for two yards and one TD. A third round selection (79th overall) of the New York Giants in the 1999 NFL draft, Campbell appeared in a total of 114 games and caught 91 passes for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns as a tight end. The Clifton, Texas native attended Texas A&M where he was a four-year letterwinner. PLAYING CAREER: Texas A&M, 1995-98; New York Giants, 1999-2002; Dallas Cowboys, 2003-05; Detroit Lions, 2006-08; New Orleans Saints, 2009. COACHING CAREER: Miami Dolphins, 2010-15; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.

Pete Carmichael – Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael is in his ninth season as the Saints’ offensive coordinator, guiding an attack that has been ranked first in the NFL in yardage in six of the last 11 seasons and in the top six each campaign. During Carmichael’s tenure on the New Orleans coaching staff, the club’s 11-year streak of finishing in the top 10 in offense is the third-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. In 2016, the Saints offense ranked first in the NFL, with the club also finishing first in passing offense, third down efficiency, first downs and yards after catch. The club posted the third-highest scoring season in club history, ranking second in the NFL (29.3 ppg).

The team’s 6,816 total yards gained on the season was the seventh-highest total in league history. Born Oct. 6, 1971 in Framingham, Mass., Carmichael attended Medway (Mass.) High School where he played football and baseball. He went on to a collegiate career in baseball and was a four-year letterman at Boston College. He graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1994. COACHING CAREER: New Hampshire, 1994; Louisiana Tech, 1995-99; Cleveland Browns, 2000; Washington Redskins, 2001; San Diego Chargers, 2002-05; New Orleans Saints, 2006-.

Ronald Curry – Assistant Wide Receivers Ronald Curry enters his second season with the New Orleans Saints and first in his current position where he will work with Curtis Johnson in tutoring the club’s wideouts. Entering his 12th season in the NFL overall, Curry spent 2013-15 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff and also enjoyed a seven-year NFL career as a wideout for the Oakland Raiders. In his three years with the 49ers, Curry served as wide receivers coach in 2015 and as an offensive assistant working from 2013-14. Curry was originally selected in the seventh round (235th overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played

in 76 career games with 32 starts and registered 193 receptions for 2,347 yards and 13 touchdowns. A four-year starter at the University of North Carolina (1998-2001), where he played quarterback, Curry left Chapel Hill with school records of 4,987 passing yards and 6,236 yards of total offense in his career. PLAYING CAREER: North Carolina, 1998-2001; Oakland Raiders, 2002-08. COACHING CAREER: Mooresville Christian Academy (Head Coach), 2010-12; San Francisco 49ers, 2013-15; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.

Dan Dalrymple – Head Strength & Conditioning Dan Dalrymple has been a key member of the Saints since arriving in 2006. His responsibilities and influence in the weight room and on the field remain constant throughout the entire year. The efforts of Dalrymple and his staff have played a key role in the club’s success. His routines, focused on building and maintaining strength and stamina while minimizing injuries, have paid dividends. Since 2006, New Orleans has put together 12 winning streaks of three games or more. 17 players have been selected to the Pro Bowl during his tenure, 12 for the first time in their careers.

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Prior to joining the Saints, Dalrymple spent the previous 17 seasons in a similar capacity at Miami University (Ohio), including the last 16 as director of athletic conditioning, a program he built from its foundation. He was promoted with the additional title of assistant athletic director in 2003. A 1988 graduate of Miami, Dalrymple was a four-year starter (1983-86) as an offensive lineman and was a first-team All-MAC selection his final two seasons, also earning honorable mention All-America accolades. PLAYING CAREER: Miami (Ohio), 1983-86. COACHING CAREER: Miami (Ohio), 19872005; New Orleans Saints, 2006-.


STAFF - Coaching Peter Giunta – Senior Defensive Assistant Peter Giunta enters his second season as a Saints senior defensive assistant. He’s a 38-year coaching veteran, including 26 years of NFL experience with three Super Bowl Championships. In his first season in New Orleans, Giunta developed a young secondary and built a solid foundation for the defense’s back end. Due to injuries to CBs Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams, Sterling Moore and B.W. Webb, who were signed at the start of the regular season, enjoyed productive seasons. Moore posted 55 tackles, two interceptions, a team-leading 14 passes defensed and one forced fumble and Webb tallied 30 tackles, one pick and 13 passes defensed. He also brought along rookie DBs in S Vonn Bell

and CBs Ken Crawley and De’Vante Harris. Bell led the secondary with 98 tackles. S Kenny Vaccaro filled up the stat sheet with 80 stops, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Giunta had a four-year playing career as a DB and RB at Northeastern (1974-77). PLAYING CAREER: Northeastern, 1974-77. COACHING CAREER: Swampscott (Mass.) High School, 1978-80; Penn State, 1981-83; Brown, 1984-87; Lehigh, 1988-90; Philadelphia Eagles, 1991-94; New York Jets, 1995-96; St. Louis Rams, 1997-2000; Kansas City Chiefs, 2001-05; New York Giants 2006-14; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.

Aaron Glenn – Secondary Glenn brings 20 years of playing, front office and coaching experience to the Saints staff in his second season as an assistant in New Orleans. In 2016, Glenn tutored a defensive backfield that featured 10 different players who started a game and 11 different starting lineup combinations. Due to injuries to initial starting CBs Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams, newcomers Sterling Moore and B.W. Webb, who were signed after the preseason enjoyed the most productive seasons of their career. Moore posted 55 tackles, two interceptions, a team-leading 14 passes defensed and a forced fumble. Webb tallied 30 tackles (25 solo), an interception and 13 passes defensed. He also brought along a trio of rookies in S Vonn Bell, who led the secondary and finished second on the team with 98 tackles and CBs Ken Crawley and De’Vante Harris.

A first-round pick (12th overall) by the Jets in 1994 out of Texas A&M where he was a two-time All-American, Glenn started 176 of his 205 career games during his tenure with New York (1994-2001), Houston (2002-04), Dallas (200506), Jacksonville (2007) and New Orleans (2008). A threetime Pro Bowler, he recorded 661 career tackles, 41 interceptions and 167 passes defensed. Glenn scored eight career touchdowns on interceptions and special teams returns. PLAYING CAREER: Navarro (Texas) JC, 1990-91; Texas A&M, 1992-93; New York Jets, 1994-2001, Houston Texans, 2002-04; Dallas Cowboys, 2005-06; Jacksonville Jaguars, 2007; New Orleans Saints 2008. COACHING CAREER: Cleveland Browns, 201415; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.

Michael Hodges – Defensive Assistant Michael Hodges, a five-year coaching veteran, joins the Saints in 2017 and will assist the team’s defensive staff in all aspects of game preparation. Hodges comes to New Orleans after serving on the coaching staff at Eastern Illinois University from 2014-16. From 2014-15, he tutored the linebackers. In 2016, he was elevated to co-defensive coordinator, while also coaching the team’s safeties. Hodges came to EIU after serving two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Fresno State, where he

coached the inside linebackers and assisted with film breakdown, scouting and game preparation. Hodges played linebacker at Texas A&M where he earned second team All-Big 12 honors as a senior when he led the Aggies in tackles and honorable mention as a junior after beginning his career as a walk on. PLAYING CAREER: Texas A&M, 2008-11. COACHING CAREER: Fresno State, 2012-13; Eastern Illinois, 2014-16; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

Curtis Johnson – Senior Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers Coach Johnson returns to tutor the Saints receiver corps after having spent 2016 as wide receivers coach of the Chicago Bears. This will mark Johnson’s second stint on the New Orleans coaching staff, as he mentored Saints wideouts from 2006-11. Johnson brings with him 33 years coaching experience, including four as head coach at Tulane (2012-15) and 29 seasons in all as a wide receivers coach in the NFL, college and high school. During Johnson’s first stint with the Saints he helped the wideouts become part of a passing offense that led the NFL in gross passing yards, completion percentage and passing touchdowns. The Saints made four

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playoff appearances, won three division titles and won Super Bowl XLIV while Johnson was with the team. Johnson attended Idaho and graduated with a degree in Physical Education in 1985. He was born in New Orleans and is a graduate of St. Charles High School. PLAYING CAREER: Idaho, 1980-83. COACHING CAREER: Lewiston (Idaho) High School, 198486; Idaho, 1987-88; San Diego State, 1989-93; SMU, 1994; California, 1995; Miami (Fla.), 1996-2005; New Orleans Saints, 2006-11; Tulane (Head Coach), 201215; Chicago Bears, 2016; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.


STAFF - Coaching Joe Lombardi - Quarterbacks Joe Lombardi enters his ninth season as a member of the Saints coaching staff in 2017, now in his second stint in New Orleans after coaching with the club from 2007-13. This is his seventh campaign tutoring the quarterbacks. Lombardi guided Drew Brees to an astounding 2016 performance, as the renowned QB padded his sterling resume by throwing for over 5,000 yards (5,208) for the fifth time in his career – no other player has accomplished the same feat more than once. Brees also set an NFL single-season record for completions (471) and led or tied for the league lead in passing yardage for an NFLrecord seventh time, earning a Pro Bowl berth. In addition to the league-leading completions and yardage totals,

he ranked second in completion percentage (70.0%), third in touchdown passes (37) and fifth in passer rating (101.7) and third-down passer rating (107.9). Lombardi – the grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi – is a 1994 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned three letters as a tight end and one in lacrosse. PLAYING CAREER: Air Force, 1991-94. COACHING CAREER: Dayton, 1996-98; Virginia Military Institute, 1999; Bucknell University,2000; New York/New Jersey Hitmen (XFL), 2001; Mercyhurst College, 200205; Atlanta Falcons, 2006; New Orleans Saints, 2007-13; Detroit Lions, 2014-15; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.

Ryan Nielsen – Defensive Line Ryan Nielsen will tutor the Saints defensive line in his first campaign as a NFL assistant after a 14-year tenure in college coaching. From 2013-2016, he was the defensive line/recruiting coordinator/run game coordinator at North Carolina State. 2016 saw the Wolfpack rank eighth in the FBS in rush defense and lead the ACC, allowing just 108.6 rushing yards per game — the school’s best mark since 2004. A Broyles Award candidate in 2015, given annually to college football’s top assistant coach, Nielsen earned this recognition tutoring a Wolfpack defensive line that was part of a defense that ranked 29th in the FBS. Nielsen, a Simi Valley, Calif. native who started 30

games at DT at USC from 1998-2001, finished his college career with 107 career tackles and was voted the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1999. He graduated with a degree in public policy in 2002 and went to training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the Arena Football League’s Los Angeles Avengers in 2004. PLAYING CAREER: Southern California, 1997-01; Los Angeles Avengers (Arena Football League), 2004. COACHING CAREER: Southern California, 2002, Idaho, 2004; Mississippi, 2005-07; Central Connecticut State, 2008-09; Tennessee-Martin, 2010; Northern Illinois, 2011-12; North Carolina State, 2013-16; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

Mike Nolan – Linebackers Mike Nolan, an NFL stalwart, enters his first season with the Saints as linebackers coach. A 35-year coaching veteran, Nolan will be entering his 30th year coaching in the NFL, including four seasons as a head coach (San Francisco, 2005-08) and 17 campaigns as a defensive coordinator. The son of 11-year NFL head coaching veteran Dick Nolan who guided the Saints from 1978-80, Mike Nolan served as linebackers coach of the San Diego Chargers in 2015 and garnered impressive performances from a trio of young players at his position group. 2013 Second-round draft pick Manti Te’o led the team with 107 tackles, while rookie Denzel Perryman ranked second on the club with 95 stops, despite starting only nine contests. On the outside, Melvin Ingram led the team and tied for 12th in the NFL with 10.5 sacks.

Nolan was a three-year starter at safety at Oregon, after initially enrolling and joining the team as a walk-on. After beginning his coaching career at his alma mater in 1981, he then tutored linebackers and defensive backs at Stanford (198283) and Rice (1984-85), before coaching linebackers at LSU in 1986 prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks with Denver. PLAYING CAREER: Oregon, 1978-80 COACHING CAREER: Oregon, 1981; Stanford, 1982-83; Rice, 1984-85; LSU, 1986; Denver Broncos, 1987-92; N.Y. Giants, 1993-96; Washington Redskins, 1997-99; N.Y. Jets, 2000; Baltimore Ravens, 2001-04; San Francisco 49ers (Head Coach), 2005-08; Denver Broncos, 2009; Miami Dolphins, 2010-11; Atlanta Falcons, 2012-14; San Diego Chargers, 2015; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

Brendan Nugent – Assistant Offensive Line Brendan Nugent, a 12-year coaching veteran, joined the Saints in 2015 and assists the team’s offensive staff in all aspects of game preparation, while also working closely with Dan Roushar in tutoring the offensive line. Prior to coming to New Orleans, Nugent served as an offensive quality control coach with the Chicago Bears from 2013-14, after serving as the CFL’s Monteal Alouettes as a special teams assistant and offensive quality control coach in 2012. Nugent spent the previous five seasons (2007-11) at William & Mary coaching several offensive positions. He started in the college coaching ranks in

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2005 at the University of Iowa as an offensive assistant. Nugent received his first coaching job at his alma mater Archbishop Stepinac High School in his hometown of White Plains, N.Y., overseeing the linebackers in 2004. He played linebacker for three seasons at The Catholic University of America. PLAYING CAREER: Catholic University of America, 2001-03. COACHING CAREER: Iowa, 2005-06; William & Mary, 2007-11; Montreal Alouettes (CFL), 2012; Chicago Bears, 2013-14; New Orleans Saints, 2015-.


STAFF - Coaching Kevin O’Dea - Assistant Special Teams Coach Kevin O’Dea returns for his second year assisting the Saints special teams units, his 31st year coaching and 23rd in the NFL. From 2014-2015, he was the special teams coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2015, he tutored a unit that ranked fourth across the NFL in punt coverage (5.2 avg.). Additionally, the Buccaneers averaged 9.9 yards per punt return, ninth in the NFL. A native of Williamsport, Pa., O’Dea spent four years in the Coast Guard (1979-83) before enrolling in Lock Haven,

where he earned a fitness management degree and later obtained a master’s degree in education from Virginia. PLAYING CAREER: Lock Haven, 1984-85. COACHING CAREER: Lock Haven, 1986; Cornell, 1987; Virginia, 1989-90; Penn State, 1993; San Diego Chargers, 1994-95; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1996-2001; Detroit Lions, 2002-03; Arizona Cardinals, 2004-05; Chicago Bears, 200607; New York Jets, 2008-09; Hartford Colonials (UFL), 2010; Chicago Bears, 2011-12; Kansas City Chiefs, 2013; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2014-15; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.

Kevin Petry – Coaching Assistant Kevin Petry enters his first season as a coaching assistant. He is responsible for assisting Head Coach Sean Payton in organizing football operations for the club. Petry is responsible for coordinating the Saints’ meeting and practice schedules and football calendar and orchestration of team and staff events as well as providing administrative assistance to the coaching and operations staff.

This will be Petry’s sixth year as a member of the Saints organization. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, he served as a video assistant. From 2012-14 Petry was a member of the team’s equipment department. The Covington native who prepped at St. Paul’s High School, graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration in 2013. Coaching Career: New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

Dan Roushar – Offensive Line A 32-year coaching veteran, including two stints as an offensive coordinator, Dan Roushar enters his second season as offensive line coach in his fifth season with the Saints after tutoring running backs and tight ends from 2013-15. In 2016, the line helped the offense finish first in the NFL in yardage and second in scoring. The line tied for sixth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed. Drew Brees set an NFL single season record in completions and led the NFL in passing yardage. The line also paved the way for Mark Ingram II to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the first time.

Roushar came to New Orleans following a six-year stint at Michigan State, the final two as offensive coordinator/tight ends coach. Prior to his promotion, Roushar served four seasons as the Spartans’ offensive line coach. Roushar was a two-year letterman as a quarterback at Northern Illinois. PLAYING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1982-83. COACHING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1984; Butler, 1986-92; Rhode Island, 1993; Ball State, 1994; Illinois, 1995-96; Northern Illinois, 1997-2002; Illinois, 2003-04; Cincinnati, 2005-06; Michigan State, 2007-12; New Orleans Saints, 2013-.

Deuce Schwartz – Coaching Assistant Deuce Schwartz enters his first season as a coaching assistant with the New Orleans Saints. Assisting the Saints coaching staff, he will specifically work with Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta and Assistant Special Teams coach Kevin O’Dea in all aspects of the kicking game. Schwartz comes to New Orleans after serving in the same position with the Buffalo Bills from

2015-16, working with the defense. The Suffern, New York native played quarterback at Union College, from where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. PLAYING CAREER: Union, 2012. COACHING CAREER: Buffalo Bills, 2015-2016; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

Joel Thomas – Running Backs Joel Thomas enters his third season as the Saints running backs coach after 15 years of coaching in the college ranks. Thomas guided Mark Ingram II to the best season of his career in 2016, as he became the first Saint to record 1,000 rushing yards in a single season since 2006. Ingram muscled his way to 1,043 yards on 205 attempts (5.1 avg.) with six touchdowns, while also catching passes out of the backfield for 319 yards and four touchdowns more; his 10 touchdowns were a career-best. Thomas lettered at running back at Idaho from 1993-98,

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was a two-time, first-team All-Big West selection and conference Player of the Year as a senior and still holds Vandals career records with 3,929 rushing yards, 51 rushing touchdowns and 765 rush attempts. He was inducted into the University of Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 and earned his degree in public communications in 1998. PLAYING CAREER: Idaho, 1993-98. COACHING CAREER: Purdue, 2000-01; Louisville, 2002-03; Idaho, 2004-05; Purdue, 2006-08; Washington, 2009-12; Arkansas, 2013-14; New Orleans Saints, 2015-.


STAFF - Coaching Leigh Torrence – Defensive Assistant After serving as a coaching intern in 2015 training camp and the entire 2016 season, Torrence will assist the Saints defensive staff in 2017, as well as working with the secondary. In 2012, Torrence concluded a seven-year NFL career, where he played in 73 games and recorded 94 defensive tackles (68 solo), 66 special teams stops, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed. He played in New Orleans for the last three-and-a-half seasons of his career, playing in 38 games and recording 51 stops (38 solo), 2.5 sacks, two picks, nine passes defensed and 32 special teams stops. Torrence played at Stanford from 2001-04, where he was a four-year letterman in football and two year-

letterman in track, totaling 11 career interceptions. Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Torrence served in an administrative role and as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, the Marist School in Atlanta. PLAYING CAREER: Stanford, 2001-04; Atlanta Falcons, 2005; Washington Redskins, 200608; New Orleans Saints, 2008-11. COACHING CAREER: The Marist School (Atlanta, Ga.), 2014-2015; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.

Rob Wenning – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Rob Wenning enters his eighth season as a member of the club’s strength and conditioning staff. He and Charles Byrd will help Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple in the implementation of the club’s strength and conditioning program Wenning came to the Saints after serving as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at LSU from 2008-10 where he completed his master’s degree in sports management. During his assistantship in Baton Rouge, he served as the primary strength coach for the swimming and diving and men’s tennis teams while assisting with the football

and baseball strength programs. Prior to enrolling at LSU, the Coldwater, Ohio native served a football strength and conditioning internship at Ohio State University from 2007-08. Wenning played on both the offensive line and at tight end at the University of Findlay (Ohio) from 2003-06, where he received a bachelor’s degree in strength and conditioning. PLAYING CAREER: University of Findlay, 2003-06. COACHING CAREER: Ohio State, 2007-08; Louisiana State, 2008-10; New Orleans Saints, 2010-.

Mike Westhoff – Special Teams Mike Westhoff, a 40-year coaching veteran, joined the Saints coaching staff in Week 11. The Pittsburgh native has 30 years experience in the NFL in special teams, starting with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982-84. From 1986-2000, he served as Special Teams Coach of the Miami Dolphins and then oversaw the kicking game units of the New York Jets from 2001-12. Westhoff began his collegiate playing career at Wyoming in 1965, where he was a starting outside linebacker as a freshman. He then transferred to Wichita State where he started

for three years at both center and linebacker, serving as a team captain as a senior, before graduating in 1970 with a history degree. Playing Career: Wyoming, 1965; Wichita State, 1967-69. COACHING CAREER: Indiana, 1974-75; Dayton, 1976; Indiana State, 1977; Northwestern, 197880; TCU, 1981; Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1982-84; Arizona Outlaws (USFL), 1985; Miami Dolphins, 1986-2000; New York Jets, 2001-12.

Brian Young – Pass Rush Specialist Brian Young enters his second season as the club’s pass rush specialist, and his ninth season as a valued member of the New Orleans coaching staff. Young assisted in the development of rookie DTs Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata. Despite not making his debut until midseason due to a fibula injury, Rankins finished tied for third on the club with four sacks and added a forced fumble. Onyemata appeared in all 16 games and posted 32 stops. Young first joined the Saints coaching staff in 2009 after concluding a nine-year NFL playing career, during

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which he posted 22.5 sacks and eight fumble recoveries. From 2004-08, he served as a valuable member of the Saints interior defensive line rotation, starting 58-of-64 contests. Young played at Texas-El Paso from 1996-99. PLAYING CAREER: Texas El-Paso, 1996-99; St. Louis Rams, 2000-03; New Orleans Saints, 2004-08. COACHING CAREER: New Orleans Saints, 2009-.


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STAFF - Player Personnel

Jeff Ireland Assistant General Manager/ College Scouting Director

Terry Fontenot Director of Pro Scouting

Khai Harley Vice President of Football Administration

Ryan Powell Pro Scout

Michael Parenton Pro Scout

Marcus Ungaro Pro Scout

Mike Baugh National Scout

Steve Malin National Scout

Terry Wooden National Scout

Cody Rager Area Scout

Jon Sandusky Area Scout

Casey Talley Area Scout

Joey Vitt Jr. Area Scout

C.J. Leak Combine Scout

Paul Zimmer College Scouting Coordinator

Justin Matthews Player Personnel/Analyst

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Bailee Brown Scouting Assistant

Greg Castillo Scouting Assistant

Matt Phillips Scouting Assistant


STAFF Directory EXECUTIVE Tom Benson .......................................................................................................Owner Gayle Benson..................................................................................... Executive Officer Melissa Manwaring ...........................................................Executive Asst. to the Owner Melissa Hoadley ...............................................Executive Asst. to the Executive Officer Chris Peck.....................................................................Personal Security to Ownership FOOTBALL OPERATIONS Mickey Loomis ............................................ Executive Vice President/General Manager Khai Harley .................................................... Vice President of Football Administration James Nagaoka .......................................................................... Director of Operations Debbie Gallagher ........................................... Executive Asst. to EVP/General Manager Player Personnel Jeff Ireland.................................. Assistant General Manager/College Scouting Director Terry Fontenot ......................................................................... Director of Pro Scouting Ryan Powell ...................................................................................................Pro Scout Michael Parenton...........................................................................................Pro Scout Marcus Ungaro...............................................................................................Pro Scout Mike Baugh ........................................................................................... National Scout Steve Malin............................................................................................. National Scout Terry Wooden ........................................................................................ National Scout Cody Rager .................................................................................................. Area Scout Jon Sandusky............................................................................................... Area Scout Casey Talley ................................................................................................. Area Scout Joey Vitt Jr. .................................................................................................. Area Scout C.J. Leak .............................................................................................. Combine Scout Paul Zimmer .................................................................... College Scouting Coordinator Justin Matthews..................................................................... Player Personnel/Analyst Ryan Herman.....................................................................................................Analyst Bailee Brown.................................................................................... Scouting Assistant Greg Castillo..................................................................................... Scouting Assistant Matt Phillips..................................................................................... Scouting Assistant Ben Autin......................................................................................................Football IT Coaching Sean Payton ..............................................................................................Head Coach Dennis Allen................................................................................ Defensive Coordinator Bradford Banta.....................................................................Special Teams Coordinator Joseph Brady ..................................................................................Offensive Assistant Charles Byrd ............................................................. Assistant Strength & Conditioning Dan Campbell............................................................Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Pete Carmichael ..........................................................................Offensive Coordinator Ronald Curry ......................................................................... Assistant Wide Receivers Dan Dalrymple ................................................................Head Strength & Conditioning Aaron Glenn ................................................................................................ Secondary Peter Giunta......................................................................... Senior Defensive Assistant Michael Hodges ..............................................................................Defensive Assistant Curtis Johnson............................................ Senior Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers Joe Lombardi ........................................................................................... Quarterbacks Ryan Nielsen.......................................................................................... Defensive Line Mike Nolan ................................................................................................ Linebackers Brendan Nugent....................................................................... Assistant Offensive Line Kevin O’Dea..............................................................................Assistant Special Teams Kevin Petry...................................................................................... Coaching Assistant Dan Roushar........................................................................................... Offensive Line Deuce Schwartz.............................................................................. Coaching Assistant Joel Thomas ......................................................................................... Running Backs Leigh Torrence.................................................................................Defensive Assistant Rob Wenning............................................................. Assistant Strength & Conditioning Mike Westhoff..........................................................................................Special Teams Brian Young................................................................................... Pass Rush Specialist Equipment John Baumgartner .........................................................................Equipment Manager Corey Gaudet ..................................................................Assistant Equipment Manager Joel Gastright ............................................................................... Equipment Assistant Communications Greg Bensel .................................................. Senior Vice President of Communications Doug Miller............................................Executive Director of Football Communications Doug Tatum..............................................................Executive Director of Digital Media Justin Macione .....................................................Director of Football Communications Alex Restrepo........................................................................... Director of Social Media Beth Blackburn....................................................Digital/Mobile Development Manager Evan Meyers............................................................ Football Communications Manager Layne Murdoch Jr................................................... Digital Media Video/Photo Manager Jordy Spitale........................... Football Communications/Legends Program Coordinator John DeShazier................................................. Senior Writer/Digital Media Contributor Sean Kelley............................................................................. Digital Media Contributor Caroline Gonzalez...................................................................Digital Media Coordinator Cindy Robinson...................................................................... Social Media Coordinator Ashley Amoss........................................................................................ Video Producer Alejandro de los Rios............................................................................. Video Producer Brendan Hassett................................................................................... Video Producer Dan Simmons.............................................. Alumni/Legends Development Coordinator Michael C. Hebert ................................................................... Director of Photography Player Engagement Fred McAfee .................................................................. Director of Player Engagement Danny Lawless................................................................................ Director of Security Athletic Training Beau Lowery ......................................................................Director of Sports Medicine Scottie Patton .............................................................................. Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Mangum .......................................................................Assistant Athletic Trainer Ben Stollberg ..........................................................................Assistant Athletic Trainer Jamie Meeks ...................................................................... Director of Sports Nutrition Medical Staff Dr. John Amoss ....................................................................................Team Physician Video Dave Desposito ....................................................................................... Video Director Joe Alley .................................................................................. Assistant Video Director Ben Martinez......................................................................................... Video Assistant Tim Youngblood..................................................................................... Video Assistant ADMINISTRATION Dennis Lauscha.............................................................................................. President Jeanne Brown .......................................................Executive Assistant to the President Marketing & Business Development Ben Hales ..................................................SVP of Marketing & Business Development Stephen Pate ..................... Executive Director of Community and Governmental Affairs Jessica Richardson........................................................Executive Director of Marketing Josh Richardson...................Executive Director of Live Programming and Broadcasting

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Ian Tigchelaar ...................................Senior Director of Business/Marketing Operations Ashley Deaton................................................................ Senior Director of Saintsations Frank DePizzo............................................................................. Director of Operations Jared Sampson ........................ Director of Gameday Entertainment and Special Events Elicia Broussard Sheridan ............................................... Director of Community Affairs Jason Trosclair .................................................................... Director of Youth Programs Keith Claverie................................................................... Manager of Creative Services Chad Vincent ..................................................................................... Graphic Designer Tyler Harbison ...............................................................................Operations Manager Max Fernandez.......................................................................... Operations Coordinator Jamie Moore ................................................................. Community Affairs Coordinator Jason Lapouble................................................................. Youth Programs Coordinator Chris Payton...................................................................... Youth Programs Coordinator Adam Fournier................................................................... Youth Programs Coordinator Sales Michael Stanfield ...........................................................Senior Vice President of Sales Bryan Ross ................................................Executive Director of Ticket Sales & Service Matt Webb ............................................... Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships Anthony Parilla ................................................................. Director of Premium Seating Ashley Thiedke.................................................................Director of Premium Services Kevin Ferguson........................................... Senior Premium Seating Account Executive Brian Bean............................................................Premium Seating Account Executive Jonathan Gibson ...................................................Premium Seating Account Executive Emile Maffei .........................................................Premium Seating Account Executive Adam Begoun .................................................................Premium Service Coordinator Alex Schulte ..........................................................Senior Director of Partnership Sales R.J. Mata ...................................................Senior Director of Partnership Development Chase Atkinson .................................................................Director of Partnership Sales Jenna Romig Parenton...............................................Director of Partnership Marketing Evan Ashton................................................. Senior Corporate Sales Account Executive David Adams..................................... Corporate Parternership Sales Account Executive Juan Aguilera.......................................................... Corporate Sales Account Executive Emile Moussa............................................................... Partnership Marketing Manager Nina Suleiman.............................................................. Partnership Marketing Manager Katie Krajcer.............................................................Partnership Marketing Coordinator Megan Sullivan Milazzo............................................Partnership Marketing Coordinator Virginia Pace............................................................Partnership Marketing Coordinator Johnny Pizzo............................................................Partnership Marketing Coordinator Eavan Martin............................................................Partnership Marketing Coordinator Blair Positerry............................................... Partnership Creative Services Coordinator Blake Simon........................................................ Director of Ticket Service & Retention Corey Garrity..................................................... Senior Service & Retention Acct. Exec. Courtney Gros................................................... Senior Service & Retention Acct. Exec. Tim Gryzch........................................................ Senior Service & Retention Acct. Exec. Stephanie Harpster............................................ Senior Service & Retention Acct. Exec. Mario Scarfalloto................................................ Senior Service & Retention Acct. Exec. Amber Myczkowiak............................................ Senior Service & Retention Acct. Exec. Blake Leonard...................................................Service & Retention Account Executive Roger Perryman................................................Service & Retention Account Executive Will Smith..........................................................Service & Retention Account Executive Gena Boudreaux........................................................... Season Ticket Service Manager Casey Jones.......................................................................Sales and Service Associate David Adams................................................................................Inside Sales Manager Reginald Meade.................................................................Sales and Service Associate Charlene Brown..........................................................................................Receptionist Amanda Gullette ........................................................................................Receptionist Derrick James..................................................................... Ticket Operations Manager Mike Karczewski.................................................................. Ticket Operations Manager Joe Chavis....................................................................... Ticket Operations Coordinator Angel Mata...................................................................... Ticket Operations Coordinator Angela Leon.................................................................... Ticket Operations Coordinator Chris Guidry.................................................................................Group Sales Manager Denton Hunter....................................................Senior Group Sales Account Executive Jesse Nantz........................................................Senior Group Sales Account Executive Chris Harpster...............................................................Group Sales Account Executive Chase McVay.................................................................Group Sales Account Executive Mariana Jerez....................................................................... Group Service Coordinator Kirk Cohen.................................................................Season Ticket Account Executive Drew Felsenthal..........................................................Season Ticket Account Executive Zac Cooper.................................................................Season Ticket Account Executive Joshua Dewey...................................... New Business Development Account Executive Kyle Foster............................................ New Business Development Account Executive Jared Graff........................................... New Business Development Account Executive Neal Patel............................................ New Business Development Account Executive David Stern.......................................... New Business Development Account Executive Finance & Accounting Ed Lang................................................................................ Senior Vice President/CFO Patrice Gunter................................................................................Corporate Controller Mallory Vedros................................................................................. Assistant Controller Sheila Chimento....................................................................... Senior Staff Accountant Jay Romig...................................................................................Administrative Director John Berfect ..................................................................................................Mail Clerk Legal Vicky Neumeyer ............................................... Senior Vice President/General Counsel Matthew Sharpe.......................................................................................Staff Attorney Business Intelligence Jeff Gosey............................................................. Senior Director of Business Analytics Dave Favaloro................................................................ Business Analytics Coordinator Human Resources Pat McKinney.................................................. Executive Director of Human Resources Mary Vinet..........................................................................................Benefits Manager Alyssa Hadden.................................................................Human Resources Generalist Information Technology Jeff Huffman ........................................................Director of Information Technologies Jody Barbier ...................................................... Senior Network and Support Manager Kevin Brewer ............................................................. Computer Systems Administrator Chris Chapital ..................................................................... Desktop Support Specialist Taylor Wegener ................................................................... Desktop Support Specialist Facilities Terry Ashburn .................................................................................... Facilities Director Wade Vicknair ................................................................... Assistant Facilities Manager Corey Rogers .......................................................................... Grounds Superintendent Gordon Duplessis..............................................................................Facilities Assistant Michael Eiffert...................................................................................Facilities Assistant Cody Vicknair....................................................................................Facilities Assistant


THE HOME OF THE SAINTS

Mercedes-Benz Superdome Superlatives A National Landmark Created by Law - November 8, 1966 Construction Began - August 11, 1971 Opened - August 3, 1975

Legendary Moments • Saints played first professional football game inside the Superdome when they hosted the Houston Oilers on August 9, 1975 • Alabama beat Penn State 13-6 in first Sugar Bowl game in the Superdome in 1976 • “Pistol Pete” Maravich & New Orleans Jazz set a NBA crowd mark of 35,077 in 1977 • Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks before 65,000 in 1978 • LSU-Notre Dame basketball game in 1980 set the NCAA record attendance of 68,112 • Sugar Ray Leonard defeated Roberto Duran in “No Mas” fight in 1980 • Pope John Paul II addressed 80,000 school children in 1987 • George Bush nominated for election at 1988 Republican National Convention • Grambling’s Eddie Robinson coached his final game in 1997 Bayou Classic • Tulane rolled out a perfect 12-0 season in 1998 • #2 LSU defeated #1 Oklahoma 21-14 to win college football national title in 2004 • Saints defeated Falcons 23-3 in first game after Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 25, 2006 • Saints beat the Eagles 27-24 to advance to NFC championship game for the first time in team history on Jan. 13, 2007 • LSU beats Ohio State 38-24 to win BCS Championship before record crowd of 79,651 • Saints defeated the Vikings 31-28 in overtime in first NFC Championship game they hosted to advance to Super Bowl XLIV, before 71,276 on Jan. 24, 2010

Home of Major Sports Events

• Following a comprehensive renovation that was completed in 2011, and resulting in one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the world, the club reached a ten-year naming rights deal with Mercedes-Benz USA to rename the stadium the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

• New Orleans Saints (NFL Football) • Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic (NCAA Division I Football) • State Farm Bayou Classic (Southern U. vs. Grambling State Football) • R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (NCAA Division I Football) • LHSAA/State Farm Prep Classic (State High School Football Championships) • Super Bowls XII (1978), XV (1981), XX (1986), XXIV (1990), XXXI (1997), XXXVI (2002), XLVII (2013) • NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2012

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Concession stands lower level

Plaza Level Parish Grill (Sections 111, 117, 139, 145) Shrimp PoBoy Shrimp Basket Catfish Basket Seafood Nacho Dome Dog French Fries Chili Cheese Fries Souvenir Popcorn Popcorn Peanuts Parish Grill: (Sections 113, 116, 140, 144) Roast Beef PoBoy Cheeseburger Hamburger Chicken Tenders Dome Dog Nachos French Fries Chili Cheese Fried Peanuts Nola Slice: (Section 153) Pizza by the Slice

Royal Feast + Kings Table: (Sections 104, 132) Ultimate Nachos Nachos Dome Dog Smoked Sausage Souvenir Popcorn Popcorn Cracker Jacks Peanuts Candy Saint Jacks Barbeque: (Section 152) BBQ Topped Mac & Cheese BBQ Nachos BBQ Sandwich BBQ Baked Potato Poydras St. Po Boys: (Section 124) Grilled Cheese Prime Rib PoBoy Pulled Pork Poboy Roast Beef PoBoy Cubano

Loge Level Standard Fare: (Sections 217, 261) Eat Fit NOLA BBQ Shrimp & Cauliflower grits Southwest Chicken Sliders Buffalo Chicken Wrap Asian Tuna Salas Ultimate Nachos Popcorn Dome Dog Smoked Sausage Souvenir Popcorn Peanuts Grill Stand: (Sections 227, 269) Cheeseburger Hamburger Chicken Tenders Dome Dog French Fries Chili Cheese Fries Souvenir Popcorn Popcorn Peanuts

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Jester’s Spread: (Sections 239, 281) Seafood Nacho Ultimate Nachos Nachos Dome Dog Peanuts Saint Jack’s Barbeque: (Section 237) BBQ Topped Mac & Cheese BBQ Nachos BBQ Sandwich BBQ Baked Potato Nola Slice: (Section 279) Pizza by the Slice Poydras St. Po Boys: (Section 239) Grilled Cheese Prime Rib PoBoy Roast Beef PoBoy Cubano


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Concession stands Higher level

Terrace Level Standard Fare: (Sections 511, 541, 523, 553) Ultimate Nachos Wings Shrimp PoBoy Roast Beef PoBoy Nachos Smoked Sausage Dome Dog Souvenir Popcorn Popcorn Cracker Jacks Candy Peanuts Grill Stand: (Section 551) Cheeseburger Hamburger Dome Dog Peanuts King’s Table: (Sections 503, 533) Nachos Smoked Sausage Dome Dog Funnel Cake Fries Souvenir Popcorn Popcorn Peanuts

Nola Slice: (Section 555) Pizza by the Slice Royal Feast: (Sections 559, 529) Nachos Dome Dog Peanuts Smoked Sausage Jester’s Spread: (Sections 521, 543) Seafood Nachos Ultimate Nachos Nachos Dome Dog Peanuts Saint Jack’s Barbeque: (Section 525) BBQ Topped Mac & Cheese BBQ Nachos BBQ Sandwich BBQ Baked Potato Pat O’Briens: (Section 525) Specialty Cocktails

600 A Level

600A MENU ITEMS INCLUDE: (Sections 612, 616, 638, 642) Seafood Nachos Ultimate Nachos Nachos Dome Dog Souvenir Popcorn Popcorn Peanuts

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FAN CODE OF CONDUCT

Fan Zone Fan Code of Conduct Policy: The NFL, New Orleans Saints, and the managers and staff of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome strive to give all of our fans, including the children, a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable game day experience, both in the stadium and in the parking lots. The Saints’ fans are awesome, and we want you all to enjoy gameday. As a result, when attending a game, you need to refrain from behavior such as the following:

Event patrons are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons occupying their seats. Stadium staff will promptly intervene to support an environment where event patrons, their guests, and other fans can enjoy the game free from the above behavior. Event patrons and guests who violate these provisions will be subject to ejection without refund and potential loss of privileges for future games and seasons.

• Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature

If a patron wishes to report negative behavior, please go to a Guest Services Kiosk or send a text to 69050 with the keyword NOLA. At the stadium, you can find this information promoted by the public address announcer, on signage in the concourses as well as in the seating bowl, and on the electronic message boards.

• Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior • Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures • Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects onto the field) • Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel • Verbal or abusive harassment of opposing team fans

The Saints also promote the “Responsibility Has Its Reward” program. Please visit a Guest Services Kiosk to sign up to be a designated driver and enter to win a drawing for a trip to the Super Bowl or Pro Bowl.

Remember, our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all attending Saints games. The NFL, New Orleans Saints, and managers and staff of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome thank you for adhering to the Fan Code of Conduct.

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Saintsation Spotlight

Caroline Nickname: Caro College: Louisiana State University Degree: Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing Career Goal: I hope to one day work in pharmaceutical sales Years with the team: 3

Caroline’s Favorites Extracurricular in School: My sorority. 
 Hobbies aside from dancing: I love anything to do with the water, you can always find me on a boat. 
 Saints player of all time: Benjamin Watson. 
 Dance move: Hair flips. 
 Dessert: Homemade chocolate chip cookies. 
 Song: Currently it’s “Take Back Home Girl” by Chris Lane. Book: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. 
 TV Show: Chrisley Knows Best.
 Movie: The Parent Trap. 
 Quote: “The best things in life are on the other side of your maximum fear,” said by Will Smith. 
 Pastime: Relaxing on the beach. 
 New Orleans bar: The Carousel Bar. New Orleans dish: Crawfish, especially when its extra spicy! 
 Mardi Gras Parade: Endymion. 


Get to know Caroline What book have you read recently that impacted you? Shaken By Tim Tebow. What’s your favorite New Orleans cocktail? French 75. What do you like most about being a Saintsation? Cheering on the best team in the NFL with my best friends. Share the best advice you were ever given? 
1. If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it. 2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no. 3. If you do not step forward, you’ll always be in the same place. What is your biggest pet peeve? When people aren’t on time Do you have any secret talents? I can sing the alphabet backwards.

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What was the most embarrassing audition you’ve ever had, and how did you overcome it? The first time I auditioned I got really sick after I performed and had to run off the field. I was so embarrassed all I could do was laugh it off. If you had to live anywhere, aside from New Orleans, where would you go? Somewhere tropical. What is your daily morning ritual like? I always start my day with a cup of coffee! Then I usually like to take my time getting ready for work. Where is your favorite vacation spot? My favorite vacation was when I went to Italy with my family. I would LOVE to go back. Who inspires you? My family.


Game Preview

By Justin Macione

Saints Host Panthers In NFC Wild Card Contest

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he 2017 NFC South Champion New Orleans Saints (11-5), who hold the fourth seed in the playoffs, will host the fifth-seeded Carolina Panthers (11-5) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome today at

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3:40 p.m. It will mark the first time that the Saints and Panthers have faced off against each other in the postseason and also the first time that two NFC South teams have played each other in the playoffs since

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the establishment of the division in the latest round of realignment in 2002. The Saints are coming off a 31-24 loss at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. However, coupled with a 22-10 loss by Carolina at Atlanta, New Orleans held on to the division title and the right to host today’s playoff game. QB Drew Brees finished 22-of-30 passing for 245 yards and tossed one touchdown and had a 108.3 passer rating, as he wrapped up a regular season campaign where he established a new NFL singleseason record for completion percentage (72.0%), by completing 386-of-536 passes. Rookie RB Alvin Kamara enjoyed a standout day with a team-high and game-high 283 all purpose yards, leading the Saints with 44 rushing yards on nine carries with one touchdown, tying for the team lead in receiving with six receptions for 84 yards and returning four kickoffs for 155 yards, including a 106-yard runback for a touchdown, the longest play in franchise history. With RB Mark Ingram II chipping in 35 yards on the ground and four receptions for 19 yards both he (1,540) and Kamara (1,554) combined to become the first running back duo in NFL history to each have 1,500 total yards from scrimmage. WR Michael Thomas also contributed with six receptions for a team-high 94 yards, as he finished the regular season with 104 grabs for 1,245 yards, becoming the first Saint to ever reach the century mark and also setting an NFL record for receptions in a player’s first two seasons, wrapping up with 192 total grabs in 31 games since being selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In a game which featured one special teams touchdown apiece by both the Saints and Buccaneers, including a recovered fumble off a punt return for a touchdown by Tampa Bay early in the fourth quarter that resulted in a 20-17 Buccaneers lead, Brees led the Saints on a 13-play, 92-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown pass to FB Zach Line to give the Black

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and Gold a 24-20 lead with 7:07 left in the game. On Tampa Bay’s next drive, the Saints held the Buccaneers to a 24-yard field goal. After an unsuccessful Saints drive, P Thomas Morstead pinned the Buccaneers at their five yards line with a 47-yard punt downed by DB Justin Hardee. However, Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston led his team on a 11-play, 95-yard drive that ended with a 39-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Godwin with nine seconds left for the come-from-behind victory. The Panthers were knocked off by one of their other division rivals on Sunday in a contest that the Falcons had to win to quality for the playoffs. Three-of-four NFC South teams are now in the postseason with the fourth, fifth and sixth (Atlanta) seeds. Panthers QB Cam Newton threw a four-yard touchdown pass to WR Devin Funchess to tie the score at 7-7 late in the second quarter, but Atlanta K Matt Bryant connected on five second-half field goals, including a 56-yard kick with 6:37 left in the contest to up the lead to 19-10 to give the Falcons the victory. While New Orleans swept the season series, it will take an effort like the two in the Saints first two wins against the Panthers to come off victorious in a playoff setting where the intensity is ratcheted up more. On September 24 at Bank of America Stadium, New Orleans shook of an 0-2 start as Brees tossed three touchdowns, while the defensed picked off Newton three times. That victory set the tone for an eight-game winning streak for the Saints. The Saints and Panthers faced off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week 13 with New Orleans coming

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through with another bounceback performance after a tough loss at the Los Angeles Rams the prior week, earning a 31-21 win. In that contest, Brees tossed a ten-yard touchdown to WR Michael Thomas, while

the ground game had a strong showing, rushing for 148 yards against a team ranked second defensively against the run. Ingram (one) and Kamara (two) combined for three rushing touchdowns.

New Orleans Saints - Carolina Panthers STATISTICAL COMPARISON

League Rankings

Saints

Panthers

Record

11-5

11-5

Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank)

28.0 (4)

22.7 (12)

Opp. Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank)

20.37 (10)

20.43 (11)

Total Off. (NFL Rank)

391.2 (2)

323.7 (19)

Rushing Off. (NFL Rank)

129.4 (5)

131.4 (4)

Passing Off. (NFL Rank)

261.8 (5)

Total Def. (NFL Rank)

336.5 (17)

317.1 (7)

Rushing Def. (NFL Rank)

111.7 (16)

88.1 (3)

Passing Def. (NFL Rank)

224.8 (15)

229.1 (18)

Kickoff Return Avg. (NFL Rank)

22.9 (6)

22.4 (10)

Punt Return Avg. (NFL Rank)

6.4 (25)

8.0 (19)

Turnover Margin (NFL Rank)

+7 (9t)

-1 (16t)

Penalties

105

83

Penalty Yards

962

682

Opp. Penalties

108

101

Opp. Penalty Yards

850

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Players to watch

Players to Watch New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

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Ingram II #22 The thunder behind the club’s “Thunder and Lightning” duo of tailbacks, Ingram’s pairing with rookie Alvin Kamara was so successful in 2017, that they became the first pair of running backs from the same team with 1,500 total yards from scrimmage apiece. Ingram finished the season ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (career-high 1,124), second in rushing touchdowns (12) and also added pass-catching career-highs (58 receptions for 416 yards) as a, consistent option out of the backfield. In New Orleans’ first two meetings, where they faced Carolina, who finished the season as the third-ranked run defense in the NFL, Ingram had 28 carries for 141 yards and one touchdown to go with eight receptions for 67 yards. His consistency, patience, ability to move the chains and put the Saints offense in favorable down and distance situations could prove to be important in today’s matchup just as it was in the first two.

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Kuechly #59 Since entering the NFL in 2012 as a first round draft pick out of Boston College, Kuechly’s 818 tackles have led the National Football League. This season he led the Panthers with 121 stops despite missing a game with a concussion and is the only player in their franchise’s history to reach the century mark in stops in each of his first six seasons. Combined with an outstanding defensive line that can stop the run and bring the heat, Kuechly takes advantage of that front four as well as using his knowledge of the club’s scheme and physical approach to try to stop the running game. The Saints running back duo of Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara against the Panthers front seven led by Kuechly will be a matchup to watch today.


Featured Saints

By John DeShazier

Saints Youth Movement Contributes To NFC South Title

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ew declared the Saints clear-cut victors of the annual rookie haul this year, after the last name was called in the 2017 NFL Draft, the free agent class had been secured and the late pickups had been added. But, possibly, everyone is calling them undisputed champs today, because it would strain credulity to name a better rookie class than the one the Saints fielded this season. Likely, some will present a blue-in-the-face opposing case and, just maybe, a contrarian will interject just for the satisfaction of potstirring. But when New Orleans (11-5) steps onto the field today in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against Carolina (11-5) to play its

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first playoff game since the 2013 campaign, and as the NFC South Division champions for the first time since 2011, it will do so in large part due to the contributions of a group that has comprised its own honor society. “It’s encouraging,” center Max Unger said. “It’s just a testament to the guys we’re bringing in and our coaches being able to develop them. Having such young players be this impactful is hard to do. It’s been refreshing, to say the least.” Four members of the seven-man draft class were game one starters – cornerback Marshon Lattimore (first round, No. 11 overall), offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (first round, No. 32), safety Marcus Williams (second round, No. 42)

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and linebacker Alex Anzalone (third round, No. 76). A fifth rookie, running back Alvin Kamara (third round, No. 67), has been a starter in every sense of the word, given the amount of snaps he plays and impact he makes. Defensive end Trey Hendrickson (third round, No. 103) was a rotation player who was contributing nicely before he being sidelined for the last few weeks of the regular season, and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (sixth round, No. 196) is a promising prospect who had four sacks in the preseason. Undrafted defensive back Justin Hardee, whom the Saints originally signed to their practice squad prior to the season opener, leads the team with nine special teams tackles, and blocked a punt that he recovered and returned for a touchdown. Undrafted quarterback Taysom Hill, who also was picked up prior to the opener, also has made his mark on special teams with four tackles after being inactive for the first 11 games, as the third quarterback. It will take time – six, seven, eight years – to see if the group equals or surpasses the standards established by the revered draft of ’06, which included running back Reggie Bush (first round, No. 2), safety Roman Harper (second round, No. 43), right guard Jahri Evans (fourth round, No. 108), right tackle Zach Strief (seventh round, No. 210) and receiver Marques Colston (seventh round, No. 252). Among that collection is several future Saints Hall of Famers; two 10-year starters (Evans and Colston) who also are the best in franchise history at their respective positions; a current Saint (Strief) who was a seven-year starter before injuries interrupted, and then ended his 2017 season; a face-of-the-franchise player in ’06 (Bush) who set an NFL record for receptions by a rookie running back (88), and was a major contributor to the Super Bowl champions; and a hard-hitting, productive safety (Harper) who was a strong leader and locker room voice. However, when class has been in session this season, there hasn’t been a better collection of first-year students. The group is well on its way to establishing some benchmarks of its own, with two – Lattimore and Kamara – already having earned spots on the NFC Pro Bowl roster. “I feel like we’ve contributed a lot, from offense, defense and on special teams,” Lattimore said. “I feel like we have a good amount of success, being rookies. With me, Justin on special teams, Alvin, Ryan, Alex at the beginning of the season – Alex was a key part to this defense. Trey Hendrickson. The list can go on. I feel like we contributed throughout all three phases.” “I’m not trying to get into that, ‘Y’all are one of the best.’ I don’t really get into all that. But just seeing people say that, it makes me ...Continued on page 70


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know that we are doing something to get their attention like that. I know it’s rare to have rookies contributing to the team in all three phases, (but) we’re doing it. We have to keep it up, keep it going.” While Lattimore avoids the debate, the actions speak louder than his words. He has been one of several gems in the class, a projected top-five pick who slipped into New Orleans’ hands at No. 11. Lattimore has a team-leading five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown and one, on his stomach with the ball pinned against his backside against Atlanta, which will live in Saints lore) and 18 passes defensed, with a forced fumble, a fumble recovered and 52 tackles. He has given the Saints a fearless, No. 1 cover corner, willing to match talent and wits with the opponents’ top receiver and able to hold his own in every game. Four times, Lattimore was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and he’s a strong candidate to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Atlanta’s Julio Jones, one of the league’s best receivers, expressed admiration for Lattimore’s play because the rookie “travels” to cover the opponents’ best receiver; Lattimore had two interceptions against the Falcons this season. His mirror in accolade and deed has been Kamara, whose presence and potential essentially made necessary the trade of Adrian Peterson. Kamara was just that good, and he hasn’t disappointed a single day. He has run for 728 yards and eight touchdowns on 120 carries, caught 81 passes for 826 yards and five touchdowns, and chipped in 11 kickoff returns for 347 yards, including a franchise-long, 106-yard touchdown in the regular season finale at Tampa Bay. With 14 total touchdowns, he topped the previous Saints’ rookie record of 13, set by George Rogers in 1981. And with five Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors, he is a leading candidate to be named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Kamara and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers are the only rookies in NFL history with five rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff return touchdown in their first season. He and fellow running back Mark Ingram are the first running back teammates in league history to amass 1,500-plus yards from scrimmage in the same season, and he and Ingram are the first running back teammates to be Pro Bowlers since 1975. “He’s someone that’s driven and he’s also resilient,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “He’s traveled a long road to get here with Alabama, the junior college and then Tennessee. Remember I said this in the beginning, he’s very intelligent, he’s exceptional with regards to learning. That doesn’t just benefit a player on the football field. It benefits him with adversity. It benefits him in so many other areas.” While Lattimore and Kamara have provided the highlights, Ramczyk arguably has provided as much value, or more, than either. He has started every game this season, two at left tackle in relief of an injured Terron Armstead and 14 at right tackle in place of Strief. In one game, against Miami in London on Oct.1, he played both positions in the same game, starting at left tackle and then moving to right tackle in the second half after Strief was injured. Ramczyk, acquired with the draft pick the Saints received from New England in the Brandin Cooks trade, was projected to be a backup this season before eventually transitioning in as a starter. Instead, he has been a mainstay on the line and Payton regularly has referenced his maturity, saying that he acts more like a three- or four-year veteran than a newcomer. Too, there’s Williams, who finished second to Lattimore with four interceptions (two in the end zone, to directly prevent points from being scored), and had seven passes defensed and 73 tackles. The playmaking centerfielder missed one game and not much else, on or off the

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field. Williams had all of his interceptions against division rivals – one against Atlanta, one against Carolina and two versus Tampa Bay. “He’s a guy that we targeted in the first round, right around the latter part of the round,” Payton said. “We felt we needed some playmaking ability on the back end, we also felt like we needed somebody that had real good football intelligence. I think that with him and Vonn (Bell) back there, we have a good combination of both.” Said Williams: “I feel like we’re doing a good job. We’re all coming in here and doing what we have to do to make plays. It’s all a big part of the coaches and the players around us that are helping us develop into those roles.” “When I came in here, I thought it was going to be a whole bunch of individuals, just because of that perception from the outside looking in, it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s all about you.’ But when I got here, everybody is pretty much a team, trying to be a family. They all come together, everybody talks to everybody, there’s no one individual that won’t talk to me on this team.” Teammates are talking to Williams, and outsiders are talking about him and his class. The only way their production could be overlooked is willful neglect. “I’m just impressed with the class, the way they came in,” Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said. “Ryan Ramczyk was thrown in and learned to play both sides. You talk about Kamara and what he’s meant to the offense. “Trey, when he got hurt, he was clearly rotating into the defensive line. Al-Quadin clearly has potential. The Ohio State guy (Lattimore) and Marcus – our secondary improvements, that’s clearly something I’m proud of. I like the way they’ve responded from camp to in-season.” The contributions from camp to in-season helped the Saints advance to the postseason. It’s bonus work for a class that has been capable of handling the curriculum.


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Rookie Rundown

Alex Anzalone

Trey Edmunds

Position: LB Acquired: 3rd Round Draft Pick (76th Overall) Height: 6-3 Weight: 241 College: Florida

Position: RB Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent Height: 6-2 Weight: 223 College: Maryland

HOMETOWN: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Birthday: Sept. 22, 1994

HOMETOWN: Ringgold, Virginia Birthday: Dec. 30, 1994

Anzalone secured the starting weakside linebacker position in training camp and recorded 16 tackles (11 solo), one sack and one pass defensed before being placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in Week Four

Signed as a free agent out of Maryland after the 2017 NFL Draft, Edmunds has appeared in all 16 games and finished the regular season ranked third on the club with seven special teams tackles and also scored his first career rushing touchdown at Buffalo, Nov. 12

Trey Hendrickson

Taysom Hill

Position: DE Acquired: 3rd Round Draft Pick (103rd Overall) Height: 6-4 Weight: 270 College: Florida Atlantic

Position: QB Acquired: WAI-17 (GB) Height: 6-2 Weight: 221 College: Brigham Young

HOMETOWN: Apopka, Florida Birthday: Dec. 5, 1994

HOMETOWN: Pocatello, Idaho Birthday: Aug. 23, 1990

This young pass rusher, who finished his college career with a school-record 29.5 sacks at Florida Atlantic, has played in 12 games for the Saints, recording 15 tackles (13 solo), two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Acquired at the end of training camp on waivers from Green Bay, Hill has served as the club’s third quarterback, but during the club’s stretch run, he volunteered on special teams for the opportunity to play and has used his solid frame and quickness to record four tackles.

Marshon Lattimore

Ryan Ramczyk Position: T Acquired: 1st Round Draft Pick (32nd Overall) Height: 6-6 Weight: 314 College: Wisconsin

Position: CB Acquired: 1st Round Draft Pick (11th Overall) Height: 6-0 Weight: 192 College: Ohio State

Justin Hardee Position: DB Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent Height: 6-1 Weight: 200 HOMETOWN: Cleveland, Ohio Birthday: Feb. 7, 1994 A high school teammate of fellow rookie CB Marshon Lattimore, Hardee was initially signed to the Saints practice squad after going to training camp with the Texans. He was signed to the active roster in Week 3 and has played in all 14 games since, leading the team with nine coverage stops and a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown.

Alvin Kamara Position: RB Acquired: 3rd Round Draft Pick (67th Overall) Height: 5-10 Weight: 215 College: Tennessee HOMETOWN: Norcross, Georgia Birthday: July 25, 1995 First of three third round draft picks in 2017, this Pro Bowler quickly found a niche as a talented runner and receiver. He’s enjoyed an outstanding rookie campaign and is a leading candidate for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, teaming in the running back role with Mark Ingram II, leading the club and ranking sixth in the NFL with 1,554 total yards from scrimmage and ranking second in the league with a club rookie record 14 touchdowns.

Marcus Williams Position: S Acquired: 2nd round draft pick (42nd overall) Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 College: Utah

HOMETOWN: Cleveland, Ohio Birthday: May 20, 1996

HOMETOWN: Stevens Point, Wisconsin Birthday: April 22, 1994

HOMETOWN: Eastvale, California Birthday: Sept. 8, 1996

The club’s top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Lattimore possesses the physicality, speed and intelligence to be an impact player in the NFL. The 21-year old is a the youngest Saint ever selected to the Pro Bowl, as he led all NFL rookies with a team-high five interceptions and led New Orleans with 18 passes defensed.

The 32nd overall pick in the NFL Draft out of Wisconsin, Ramczyk has proved to be invaluable as he played in every offensive snap as a rookie, eventually settling into the right tackle position, where he has started 14 games.

Williams assumed the free safety position in a training camp competition and he ranks second on the team behind Lattimore with four picks. His playmaking skills were on full display in Sunday’s regular season finale at Tampa Bay when he became the first Saints rookie with two interceptions in a contest since 1997.

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Ring of Honor

SAINTS Ring of Honor

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ntroduced during the 2013 campaign, the Saints Ring of Honor canonizes the best players ever to don the Black and Gold. It venerates just four players — linebacker Rickey Jackson, offensive tackle Willie Roaf, quarterback Archie Manning, and kicker Morten Andersen. These four men have earned the highest possible praise from the club, for both their elite play and long, storied tenures in New Orleans.

With the 51st overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, the Saints selected Pittsburgh linebacker Rickey Jackson and were immediately rewarded with one of the most ferocious defenders ever to step onto the gridiron. In his first season, Jackson started all 16 games, racking up 125 tackles en route to earning All-Rookie honors. Over his 13 campaigns in New Orleans, Jackson led the feared “Dome Patrol” linebacker corps, a unit that included Vaughan Johnson, Sam Mills, and Pat Swilling. With 1,104 tackles, 115 sacks, 38 forced fumbles, 26 fumble recoveries, and seven interceptions for the Black and Gold, Jackson made the Superdome a nightmare for opposing offenses; the team ranked in the top ten in yards allowed on six occasions during his tenure. Jackson’s efforts were key to the Saints earning their first four postseason appearances in 1987, 1990, 1991, and 1992. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, becoming the first player to be enshrined primarily for his tenure with the Saints. After being named a first-team All-American at Louisiana Tech, Willie Roaf came to New Orleans as the eighth overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. Over nine years with the Saints, Roaf proved himself one of the most talented and reliable blockers in league history. Between 1993 and 2001, Roaf started all 131 games he appeared in a while earning Pro Bowl honors in each year between 1994 and 2000, as well as All-Pro honors six times. In 2000, his last full season in New Orleans, Roaf started all 16 games at left tackle and shored up the line in the Saints’ first ever postseason victory, a 31–28 win over the St. Louis Rams. Roaf was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team for his time in New Orleans, and was later named to the All-2000s team and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2012, only the second Saint to spend the majority of his career with the club to be so honored. Quarterback Archie Manning was one of the most electrifying athletes ever to play in New Orleans. After a legendary career at the University of Mississippi, Manning joined the Saints as the second overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, giving the team a true franchise signal-caller just five years into its existence. Named to the Pro Bowl in 1978 and 1979, the fleet-footed Manning ran and threw his way into team record books, amassing the second most attempts (3,335), completions (1,849), and yards (21,734) in Saints history, behind only Drew Brees, as well as the most rushing yards (2,058) and rushing touchdowns (18) by any Black and Gold quarterback. When the Saints selected a young, Danish kicker from Michigan State in the fourth round of the 1982 Draft, few would have believed that Morten Andersen would become one of the best players in NFL history. Over his 13-year career with the Black and Gold and 25-year career in the league, Andersen did exactly that, becoming the Saints’ and NFL’s all-time leading scorer. As a Saint, Andersen was named to the Pro Bowl on six occasions and to the first-team All-Pro list five times, notching 1,318 points on 302 field goals and 412 PATs, good for first in club record books. He was named to the NFL’s 1980s and 1990s All-Decade Teams, and in 2017 he became just the second full-time kicker ever to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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By Davis Friend

Jon Stinchcomb J

on Stinchcomb spent eight years with the New Orleans Saints, five helping protect Drew Brees as the team’s starting right tackle. The native of the Lilburn, Georgia was drafted by New Orleans in the second round (37th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Georgia. Stinchcomb would go on to appear in 90 games for the Saints and start 86 consecutive contests for the black and gold from 2006-2010, including the franchise’s first two NFC Championship game appearances and the Super Bowl XLIV victory when the Saints defeated the Colts 31-17. In 2009, Stinchcomb was a valuable part of an offensive line that blocked for the top ranked offense in the league, earned

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the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award and was on the 2009 PFWA AllNFC team. That same season, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl en-route to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory. With Stinchcomb in the starting lineup, New Orleans fielded one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL history from 20062010, while compiling a 49-31 record, the Saints led the league in yards per game three times and finished first in scoring in both 2008 and 2009. Two years ago, he was named to the Saints All-50th Team and was inducted into the SEC Football legends class of 2016 for his standout college career at the University of Georgia. During his time in New Orleans,

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Stinchcomb was a pillar in the community. In 2008, he created “OL 4 NO” (Offensive Line for New Orleans), a free youth football camp run by the Saints offensive line during the offseason. That same season, the Saints offensive line purchased 200 bicycles for underprivileged New Orleans area kids. Stinchcomb was also a regular at local hospitals and schools. “I love to help people, especially kids.”, Stinchcomb explained. His contributions to the community’s local youth were recognized by the organization as well when they selected Stinchcomb as the club’s ‘Man of the Year’ award winner in 2008 for his efforts in making his adopted hometown a better place. Stinchcomb’s charitable endeavors were not limited to just what he did in the New Orleans area. He along with his brother Matt, a former NFL offensive lineman from 1999 to 2005, established the Stinchcomb Family Foundation to provide children’s charities and families in need with food and supplies in New Orleans and Atlanta communities. Having the opportunity to give back today is something that Stinchcomb appreciates even though his playing days ended in 2011. “It definitely highlights the platform sports has our culture,” Stinchcomb said. “It’s a powerful reminder. There’s a certain amount of responsibility and a tremendous amount of opportunity that comes with that. You get a chance to have an impact.” Jon has remained close to the Saints since his retirement from football, serving as a color analyst for Saints preseason television broadcasts. He announced his retirement from the NFL with plans to pursue a career in physical therapy. He is now the director of operations for a Gwinnett County (Ga.) based organization called NG# (Next Generation 3), which promotes the development of character building and chaplaincy programs in local schools. Stinchcomb’s consistency, dependability, and willingness to give back made him made him both a fan favorite and a respected veteran in the locker room during his career. Stinchcomb became one of the most reliable members not only on the field, but in the New Orleans community he grew to love.


Throwback

Explosion Down the Field On Jan. 16, 2010, in the NFC Divisional Playoff vs. the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Saints RB Reggie Bush brought back a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in a 45-14 win for New Orleans. Earlier in the contest in the first quarter, a 46-yard touchdown run by Bush opened up the game for the Saints, giving them a 21-7 edge. The second overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Saints out of Southern California, in five seasons for the Saints, Bush carried 524 times for 2,090 yards with 17 touchdowns, caught 294 passes for 2,142 yards with 12 touchdowns and brought back 92 punts for 720 yards with four touchdowns, adding two rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and the punt return score in the postseason as well.

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1,500 X 2 In Sunday’s regular season finale at Tampa Bay, Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara became the first running back duo in NFL history to each finish with 1,500 total yards from scrimmage.

104 With six catches in the regular season finale at Tampa Bay on Sunday, WR Michael Thomas finished the 2017 campaign with a club-record 104 receptions, becoming the first Saint to ever reach the century mark.

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Saints Owner Tom Benson, pictured here receiving a game ball from Head Coach Sean Payton after the club’s 23-13 win over Atlanta on Christmas Eve that clinched a playoff berth, will be completing his 33rd season as Owner of the club.

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New Orleans Saints

The

New Orleans Saints 3

Wil Lutz kicker

11

Tommylee Lewis

22

Mark Ingram II

27

Jonathan Williams

wide receiver

running back

running back

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6

Thomas Morstead punter

13

Michael Thomas

23

Marshon Lattimore

31

Chris Banjo

wide receiver

cornerback

safety

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Taysom Hill quarterback

16

Brandon Coleman wide receiver

24

Sterling Moore

33

Trey Edmunds

cornerback

running back

9

Drew Brees quarterback

19

Ted Ginn, Jr.

25

Rafael Bush

34

Justin Hardee

wide receiver

safety

defensive back

10

Chase Daniel

20

Ken Crawley

26

P.J. Williams

37

Arthur Maulet

quarterback

cornerback

cornerback

cornerback


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New Orleans Saints

41

Alvin Kamara

49

Zach Wood

running back

long snapper

42

Zach Line

50

Gerald Hodges

58

Kasim Edebali

fullback

linebacker

56

Michael Mauti

65

Senio Kelemete center / guard

67

Larry Warford

76

Tony McDaniel

77

John Fullington

linebacker

defensive tackle

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defensive end

guard

offensive lineman

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51

Marcus Williams safety

Manti Te’o linebacker

60

Max Unger

71

Ryan Ramczyk

80

Austin Carr

center

tackle

wide receiver

45

Garrett Griffin

52

Craig Robertson

61

tight end

linebacker

Josh LeRibeus guard

72

Terron Armstead

83

Willie Snead IV

tackle

wide receiver

48

Vonn Bell

55

Jonathan Freeny

safety

linebacker

63

Cameron Tom

75

Andrus Peat

84

Michael Hoomanawanui

center

tackle

tight end


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New Orleans Saints

89

Josh Hill

95

Tyeler Davison

tight end

defensive tackle

92 N e w

90

George Johnson

97

Al-Quadin Muhammad

defensive end

defensive end

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Trey Hendrickson

98

Sheldon Rankins

defensive end

defensive tackle

93

David Onyemata defensive tackle

94

Cameron Jordan defensive end


Saints - Alphabetical Roster No. Name

Pos.

72 Armstead, Terron T

Ht./Wt.

Born

6-5/304

7/23/91

Exp. College

H.S. Hometown

5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Cahokia, Ill.

31

Banjo, Chris S

5-10/207

2/26/90

4 Southern Methodist Sugar Land, Texas

48

Bell, Vonn S

5-11/205

12/12/94

2

Ohio State Rossville, Ga.

9

Brees, Drew

17

Purdue Austin, Texas

25

Bush, Rafael S

80

Carr, Austin WR

6-1/195

12/25/93 R

16

Coleman, Brandon WR

6-6/225

6/22/92

QB

6-0/209

1/15/79

5-11/203

5/12/87

7 South Carolina State Williston, S.C. Northwestern

3 Rutgers

Benicia, Calif. Forestville, Md.

20

Crawley, Ken

CB

6-1/180

2/8/93

2

Colorado Washington, D.C.

10

Daniel, Chase

QB

6-0/225

10/7/86

9

Missouri Southlake, Texas

95

Davison, Tyeler

DT

6-2/309

9/3/92

3

Fresno State Scottsdale, Ariz.

58 Edebali, Kasim

DE

6-2/253

8/17/89

4

33 Edmunds, Trey RB

6-2/223

12/30/94 R

Boston College

Hamburg, Germany

Maryland Ringgold, Va.

55

Freeny, Jonathan LB

6-2/255

6/15/89

6 Rutgers

Coconut Creek, Fla.

77

Fullington, John

6-5/300

5/30/91

2 Washington State

Belfair, Wash.

4/12/85

OL

19

Ginn Jr., Ted WR

5-11/180

45

Griffin, Garrett TE

6-4/240

3/4/94

11

Ohio State

Cleveland, Ohio

1 Air Force Louisburg, Kan.

34

Hardee, Justin

DB

6-1/200

2/7/94 R Illinois

91

Hendrickson, Trey

DE

6-4/270

12/5/94 R

Cleveland, Ohio

Florida Atlantic Apopka, Fla.

89

Hill, Josh TE

6-5/250

5/21/90

7

Hill, Taysom

QB

6-2/221

8/23/90 R

5 Idaho State Brigham Young

Pocatella, Idaho

50

Hodges, Gerald LB

6-2/236

1/17/91

Penn State

Paulsboro, N.J.

84

5

Blackfoot, Idaho

Hoomanawanui, Michael TE

6-4/265

7/4/88

8 Illinois

22 Ingram II, Mark RB

5-9/215

12/21/89

7 Alabama

Flint, Mich.

90

Johnson, George

DE

6-4/265

12/11/87

6 Rutgers

Glassboro, N.J.

94

Jordan, Cameron

DE

6-4/287

7/10/89

7

Chandler, Ariz.

41

Kamara, Alvin RB

65

Kelemete, Senio

G/C

5-10/215 6-3/300

Bloomington, Ill.

California

7/25/95 R Tennessee 5/10/90

Norcross, Ga.

5 Washington Seattle, Wash.

23 Lattimore, Marshon

CB

6-0/192

5/20/96 R

61 LeRibeus, Josh

G

6-2/315

7/2/89

Ohio State

Cleveland, Ohio

5 Southern Methodist Richardson, Texas

11 Lewis, Tommylee WR

5-7/168

10/24/92

2

42 Line, Zach

FB

6-1/233

4/26/90

5 Southern Methodist Oxford, Mich.

3 Lutz, Wil

K

5-11/184

7/7/94

2

CB

5-10/190

37

Maulet, Arthur

56

Mauti, Michael LB

76

McDaniel, Tony

24

Moore, Sterling

Northern Illinois

Georgia State

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Newnan, Ga.

7/13/93 R

Memphis

Kenner, La.

6-2/243

1/19/90

Penn State

Mandeville, La.

DT

6-7/305

1/20/85

CB

5-10/202

5

12 Tennessee

Columbia, S.C.

2/3/90

7 Southern Methodist Antioch, Calif. 9 Southern Methodist Pearland, Texas

6

Morstead, Thomas

P

6-4/235

3/8/86

97

Muhammad, Al-Quadin

DE

6-4/250

3/28/95 R

Miami Ramsey, N.J.

93

Onyemata, David

DT

6-4/300

11/13/92

2

Manitoba (Canada) Lagos, Nigeria

75

Peat, Andrus T

6-7/316

11/4/93

3 Stanford Tempe, Ariz

71 Ramczyk, Ryan T

6-6/314

4/22/94 R Wisconsin Stevens Point, Wisc.

98 Rankins, Sheldon

DT

6-2/305

4/2/94

2 Louisville

52 Robertson, Craig LB

6-1/234

2/11/88

6

North Texas Stafford, Texas

Covington, Ga.

83 Snead IV, Willie WR

5-11/195

10/17/92

3

Ball State

Muskegon Heights, Mich.

51 Te’o, Manti LB

6-1/241

1/26/91

5

Notre Dame

Honolulu, Hawaii

13 Thomas, Michael WR

6-3/212

3/3/93

2

Ohio State Woodland Hills, Calif.

63 Tom, Cameron

6-4/300

6/21/95 R Southern Mississippi Baton Rouge, La.

60

Unger, Max

C C

6-5/305

4/14/86

9

Oregon

G

6-3/317

6/18/91

5

Kentucky Richmond, Ky.

27 Williams, Jonathan RB

6-0/223

2/2/94

2 Arkansas Allen, Texas

43 Williams, Marcus S

6-1/195

9/8/96 R

Utah Eastvale, Calif. Florida State

67 Warford, Larry

26 Williams, P.J.

Kamuela, Hawaii

CB

6-0/196

6/1/93

3

49 Wood, Zach LS

6-3/255

1/10/93

1 Southern Methodist Rowlett, Texas

Ocala, Fla.

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PANTHERS - COACH & KEY PLAYERS Ron Rivera – Head Coach Head Coach Ron Rivera: Became the fourth coach in Carolina Panthers history on January 11, 2011. In seven seasons, Rivera has guided the team to a Super Bowl appearance, three NFC South titles and four playoff appearances. He is a two-time (2013 and 2015) Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award winner. Rivera has helped the Panthers rebound from a 6-10 campaign in 2016 to an 11-5 mark and a return to the postseason in 2017. In 2015, Rivera led the Panthers to the second Super Bowl appearance in team history following a franchise-best 15-1 record

1

Cam Newton quarterback

20

Kurt Coleman

40

Alex Armah

60

Daryl Williams

90

Julius Peppers

safety

fullback

tackle

defensive end

9 4 New

5

Michael Palardy punter

24

James Bradberry

43

Fozzy Whittaker

67

Ryan Kalil

95

Charles Johnson

cornerback

running back

center

defensive end

9

Graham Gano kicker

26

Daryl Worley

44

J.J. Jansen

68

Andrew Norwell

97

cornerback

long snapper

guard

Mario Addison defensive end

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and their third consecutive NFC South championship. In the process, Carolina became the fourth team in the Super Bowl era to start a season 14-0, joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins, 2007 New England Patriots and 2009 A second-round draft choice in 1984 by Chicago, Rivera played nine seasons with the Bears. Primarily an outside linebacker, he was a member of the 1985 Super Bowl XX winning team. Career record: 67-50-1. Background: Linebacker, California, 1980-83, where he finished as the school’s all-time leader in sacks (22) and tackles (336). Born January 7, 1962 in Fort Ord, Calif.

12

Kaelin Clay

28

Jonathan Stewart

54

Shaq Thompson

70

Trai Turner

98

Star Lotulelei

wide receiver

running back

linebacker

guard

defensive tackle

17

Devin Funchess wide receiver

29

Mike Adams

58

Thomas Davis

75

Matt Kalil

99

Kawann Short

safety

linebacker

tackle

defensive tackle

19

Russell Shepard

31

Jairus Byrd

59

Luke Kuechly

88

Greg Olsen

wide receiver

safety

linebacker

tight end


PANTHERS - Alphabetical roster No. Name

Pos.

29 Adams, Mike S

Ht./Wt.

Born

5-11/205

03/24/81

Exp. 14

College

H.S. Hometown

Delaware Wayne, N.J.

97 Addison, Mario

DE

6-3/260

09/06/87

3 Anderson, Derek

QB

6-6/235

06/15/83

40 Armah, Alex

FB

6-2/255

05/17/94 R West Georgia Lawrenceville, Ga.

34 Artis-Payne, Cameron RB

7 Troy Tarrant, Ala. 13

Oregon State Scappoose, Ore

5-10/215

06/23/90

3 Auburn

Harrisburg, Pa.

11

Bersin, Brenton WR

6-3/210

05/09/90

4 Wofford College

Charlotte, N.C.

24

Bradberry, James

CB

6-1/212

08/04/93

2 Samford

Pleasant Grove, Ala.

92

Butler, Vernon

DT

6-4/330

06/14/94

2 Louisiana Tech Summit, Miss.

31

Byrd, Jairus S

5-10/205

10/07/86

9

Oregon

Clayton, Mo.

12

Clay, Kaelin WR

5-10/195

01/03/92

3

Utah Long Beach, Calif.

20

Coleman, Kurt S

5-11/208

04/01/88

8

Ohio State

Clayton, Ohio

91

Cox Jr., Bryan

DE

6-3/270

06/25/94 R

Florida

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

58

Davis, Thomas LB

6-1/235

03/22/83

Georgia Shellman, Ga.

84

Dickson, Ed TE

6-4/255

07/25/87

8

Oregon

Bellflower, Calif.

14

Frazier, Mose WR

5-11/190

08/30/93

1

Memphis

Memphis, Tenn.

17

Funchess, Devin WR

6-4/225

05/21/94

3

Michigan

Farmington, Mich.

57

Gachkar, Andrew LB

6-2/240

11/04/88

7

Missouri

Overland Park, Kan.

9

Gano, Graham

K

6-2/202

04/09/87

8

Florida State

Cantonment, Fla.

4

Gilbert, Garrett

QB

6-4/230

07/01/91

1 Southern Methodist Austin, Texas

23

Gunter, LaDarius

CB

6-2/200

05/13/92

3

96

Horton, Wes

DE

6-5/265

12/17/89

5 Southern California Sherman Oaks, Calif.

53

Jacobs, Ben LB

6-4/240

04/17/88

4

44

Jansen, J.J. LS

6-2/235

01/20/86

10

Notre Dame

Phoenix, Ariz.

95

Johnson, Charles

6-2/278

07/10/86

11

Georgia

Hawkinsville, Ga.

42

Jones, Colin S

6-0/205

10/27/87

75

Kalil, Matt T

6-7/315

07/06/89

6 Southern California Corona, Calif.

67

Kalil, Ryan

6-2/300

03/29/85

11 Southern California Corona, Calif.

59

Kuechly, Luke LB

DE

C

13

Miami (Fla.)

Montgomery, Ala.

Fresno State Las Vegas, Nev.

7 TCU

Bridgeport, Texas

6-3/238

04/20/91

6

Boston College

69 Larsen, Tyler

C

6-4/325

07/08/91

2

Utah State Sandy, Utah

Cincinnati, Ohio

98 Lotulelei, Star

DT

6-2/315

12/20/89

5

Utah South Jordan, Utah

93 Love, Kyle

DT

6-1/310

11/18/86

6

Mississippi State

College Park, Ga.

82

Manhertz, Chris TE

6-6/255

04/10/92

2

Canisius

New York, N.Y.

55

Mayo, David LB

6-2/245

08/08/93

3 Texas State Scappoose, Ore

22

McCaffrey, Christian RB

5-11/205

77

Moore, Zach

6-6/275

09/05/90

72

Moton, Taylor T

6-5/325

03/18/94 R Western Michigan Okemos, Mich.

41

Munnerlyn, Captain

CB

5-9/195

04/10/88

9 South Carolina

Mobile, Ala.

1

Newton, Cam

QB

6-5/245

05/11/89

7 Auburn

College Park, Ga.

68

Norwell, Andrew

G

6-6/325

10/25/91

4

Cincinnati, Ohio

88

Olsen, Greg TE

6-5/255

03/11/85

11

DE

06/07/96 R Stanford

5

Palardy, Michael

P

5-11/200

07/06/92

90

Peppers, Julius

DE

6-7/295

01/18/80

27 Seymour, Kevon

2

Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Concordia-St. Paul Chicago, Ill.

Ohio State

Miami (Fla.) Wayne, N.J.

2 Tennessee 16

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

North Carolina

Bailey, N.C.

CB

6-0/185

11/30/93

2 Southern California Pasadena, Calif.

19 Shepard, Russell WR

6-1/195

09/17/90

5 Louisiana State

99 Short, Kawann

6-3/315

02/02/89

5

Purdue East Chicago, Ind.

6-4/305

09/16/88

5

Midwestern State Tracy, Calif.

28 Stewart, Jonathan RB

5-10/240

03/21/87

10

Oregon Lacey, Wash.

54 Thompson, Shaq LB

6-0/230

04/21/94

3 Washington Sacramento, Calif.

70 Turner, Trai

G

6-3/315

06/14/93

4 Louisiana State

New Orleans, La.

73

G

6-3/305

02/26/90

3

Mineola, N.Y.

DT

65 Silatolu, Amini T

Van Roten, Greg

43 Whittaker, Fozzy RB

Pennsylvania

5-10/205

02/02/89

5 Texas

60 Williams, Daryl T

6-6/330

08/31/92

3

26 Worley, Daryl

6-1/205

02/22/95

2 West Virginia

CB

Houston, Texas

Pearland, Texas

Oklahoma Lake Dallas, Texas Philadelphia, Pa.

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Saints - Depth Chart & Roster Depth Chart

Numerical Roster

OFFENSE

# name

pos.

# name

WR 13 Michael Thomas

pos.

3 Wil Lutz

K

75 Andrus Peat

T

72 Terron Armstead

6 Thomas Morstead

P

76 Tony McDaniel

DT

LG

75 Andrus Peat

65 Senio Kelemete

77 John Fullington

7 Taysom Hill

QB

77 John Fullington

OL

C

60 Max Unger

61 Josh LeRibeus

63 Cameron Tom

9 Drew Brees

QB

80 Austin Carr

WR

RG

67 Larry Warford

10 Chase Daniel

QB

83 Willie Snead IV

WR

RT

71 Ryan Ramczyk

11 Tommylee Lewis

WR

84 Michael Hoomanawanui TE

TE

89 Josh Hill

84 Michael Hoomanawanui 45 Garrett Griffin

13 Michael Thomas

WR

89 Josh Hill

TE

LT

16 Brandon Coleman

80 Austin Carr

83 Willie Snead IV

11 Tommylee Lewis

16 Brandon Coleman

WR

90 George Johnson

DE

QB

9 Drew Brees

10 Chase Daniel

7

19 Ted Ginn Jr.

WR

91 Trey Hendrickson

DE

RB

22 Mark Ingram II

41 Alvin Kamara

33 Trey Edmunds

20 Ken Crawley

CB

93 David Onyemata

DT

27 Jonathan Williams

22 Mark Ingram II

RB

94 Cameron Jordan

DE

23 Marshon Lattimore

CB

95 Tyeler Davison

DT

24 Sterling Moore

CB

97 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE

25 Rafael Bush

S

98 Sheldon Rankins

26 P.J. Williams

CB

WR 19 Ted Ginn Jr.

FB

Taysom Hill

42 Zach Line

DEFENSE RDE 91 Trey Hendrickson

90 George Johnson

RDT 95 Tyeler Davison

93 David Onyemata

58 Kasim Edebali

27 Jonathan Williams

RB

LDT 98 Sheldon Rankins

76 Tony McDaniel

31 Chris Banjo

S

LDE 94 Cameron Jordan

97 Al-Quadin Muhammad

33 Trey Edmunds

RB

WILL 52 Craig Robertson

34 Justin Hardee

DB

MLB 51 Manti Te’o

50 Gerald Hodges

37 Arthur Maulet

CB

SAM 56 Michael Mauti

55 Johnathan Freeny

41 Alvin Kamara

RB

RCB 23 Marshon Lattimore

34 Justin Hardee

42 Zach Line

FB S

37 Arthur Maulet

SS

48 Vonn Bell

31 Chris Banjo

43 Marcus Williams

FS

43 Marcus Williams

25 Rafael Bush

45 Garrett Griffin

TE

26 P.J. Williams

48 Vonn Bell

S

49 Zach Wood

LS

50 Gerald Hodges

LB

LCB 20 Ken Crawley

24 Sterling Moore

SPECIAL TEAMS P

6 Thomas Morstead

51 Manti Te’o

LB

K

3 Wil Lutz

52 Craig Robertson

LB

KO

3 Wil Lutz

55 Jonathan Freeny

LB

LS

49 Zach Wood

56 Michael Mauti

LB

H

10 Chase Daniel

6

58 Kasim Edebali

DE

PR

19 Ted Ginn Jr.

41 Alvin Kamara

11 Tommylee Lewis

60 Max Unger

C

KR

41 Alvin Kamara

33 Trey Edmunds

11 Tommylee Lewis

61 Josh LeRibeus

G

63 Cameron Tom

C

65 Senio Kelemete

G/C

67 Larry Warford

G

71 Ryan Ramczyk

T

72 Terron Armstead

T

Thomas Morstead

pronunciation Guide T Terron Armstead (ter-RON) // DE Kasim Edebali (Ka-SIM Ed-a-BAHL-ee) // TE Michael Hoomanawanui (HO-oh-mah-nah-wah-noo-wee) // RB Alvin Kamara (Kuh-MARE-Uh) // G/C Senio Kelemete (SENN-ee-oh KEL-uh-MET-tay) // G Josh LeRibeus (luh-REE-bus // DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (ahl-Kwah-DEEN) // DT David Onyemata (un-ye-mah-tah) G/T Andrus Peat (an-druss pete) // T Ryan Ramczyk (RAM-check) // LB Manti Te’o (MAN-tie TAY-oh)

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PANTHERs - Depth Chart & Roster Depth Chart

Numerical Roster

OFFENSE

# name pos.

# name

pos.

WR 17 Devin Funchess

1 Cam Newton

QB

75 Matt Kalil

T

11 Brenton Bersin

14 Mose Frazier

LT

75 Matt Kalil

65 Amini Silatolu

3 Derek Anderson

QB

77 Zach Moore

DE

LG

68 Andrew Norwell

73 Greg Van Roten

4 Garrett Gilbert

QB

82 Chris Manhertz

TE

C

67 Ryan Kalil

69 Tyler Larsen

5 Michael Palardy

P

84 Ed Dickson

TE

RG

70 Trai Turner

73 Greg Van Roten

9 Graham Gano

K

88 Greg Olsen

TE

RT

60 Daryl Williams

72 Taylor Moton

11 Brenton Bersin

WR

90 Julius Peppers

DE

TE

88 Greg Olsen

84 Ed Dickson

12 Kaelin Clay

WR

91 Bryan Cox Jr.

DE

12 Kaelin Clay

14 Mose Frazier

WR

92 Vernon Butler

DT

3 Derek Anderson

17 Devin Funchess

WR

93 Kyle Love

DT

WR 19 Russell Shepard QB

1 Cam Newton

FB

40 Alex Armah

RB

28 Jonathan Stewart

22 Christian McCaffrey

73 Greg Van Roten

82 Chris Manhertz 4 Garrett Gilbert

19 Russell Shepard

WR

95 Charles Johnson

DE

43 Fozzy Whittaker

20 Kurt Coleman

S

96 Wes Horton

DE

34 Cameron Artis-Payne

22 Christian McCaffrey RB

97 Mario Addison

DE

23 LaDarius Gunter

CB

98 Star Lotulelei

DT

99 Kawann Short

DT

DEFENSE

24 James Bradberry

CB

DE

95 Charles Johnson

90 Julius Peppers

26 Daryl Worley

CB

DT

98 Star Lotulelei

93 Kyle Love

27 Kevon Seymour

CB

DT

99 Kawann Short

92 Vernon Butler

28 Jonathan Stewart

RB

DE

97 Mario Addison

96 Wes Horton

29 Mike Adams

S

31 Jairus Byrd

S

91 Bryan Cox Jr.

77 Zach Moore

SLB 54 Shaq Thompson 53 Ben Jacobs

34 Cameron Artis-Payne RB

MLB 59 Luke Kuechly

55 David Mayo

WLB 58 Thomas Davis

57 Andrew Gachkar

40 Alex Armah

41 Captain Munnerlyn CB

23 LaDarius Gunter

FB

LCB 24 James Bradberry

41 Captain Munnerlyn

RCB 26 Daryl Worley

27 Kevon Seymour

42 Colin Jones

S

SS

29 Mike Adams

42 Colin Jones

43 Fozzy Whittaker

RB

FS

20 Kurt Coleman

31 Jairus Byrd

44 J.J. Jansen

LS

53 Ben Jacobs

LB

SPECIAL TEAMS

54 Shaq Thompson

LB

PK

9 Graham Gano

55 David Mayo

LB

P

5 Michael Palardy

57 Andrew Gachkar

LB

KO

9 Graham Gano

58 Thomas Davis

LB

H

5 Michael Palardy

59 Luke Kuechly

LB

PR

12 Kaelin Clay

22 Christian McCaffrey

60 Daryl Williams

T

22 Christian McCaffrey

65 Amini Silatolu

T

67 Ryan Kalil

C

68 Andrew Norwell

G

69 Tyler Larsen

C

70 Trai Turner

G

72 Taylor Moton

T

73 Greg Van Roten

G

KOR 43 Fozzy Whittaker LS

44 J.J. Jansen

pronunciation Guide JAIRUS Byrd (JAIR-iss) // Devin FUNCHESS (FUN-chess) // Graham GANO (guh-KNOW) // Andrew GACHKAR (GATCH-car) // Luke KUECHLY (KEEK-lee) Star LOTULELEI (lo-TOO-leh-lay) // KEVON Seymour (KEY-von) // KAWANN Short (KAY-won) // Amini SILATOLU (sill-uh-TOE-lou) // TRAI Turner (Trey) Greg Van ROTEN (ROAT-en) // DAMIERE Byrd (duh-MEER) // KEYARRIS Garrett (Key-air-is) // Brad KAAYA (KAI-ah) // EFE OBADA (EF-ay OH-bahdah) Connor WUJCIAK (Woe-JACK) // DARREL Young (DUH-rell) //

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Saints - statistics Scoring TD Ru Pa Rt PAT

2017: Won 11, Lost 5 Date 9/11 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/4 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/7 12/17 12/24 12/31

Lutz

W/L Score Opp. L L W W W W W W W W L W L W W L

19-29 20-36 34-13 20- 0 52-38 26-17 20-12 30-10 47-10 34-31 OT 20-26 31-21 17-20 31-19 23-13 24-31

at Minnesota New England at Carolina at Miami Detroit at Green Bay Chicago Tampa Bay at Buffalo Washington at L.A. Rams Carolina at Atlanta N.Y. Jets Atlanta at Tampa Bay

14

Ingram

Ginn Coleman

TOTAL FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty 3rd Down: Made/Att 3rd Down Pct. 4th Down: Made/Att 4th Down Pct. POSSESSION AVG. TOTAL NET YARDS Avg. Per Game Total Plays Avg. Per Play NET YARDS RUSHING Avg. Per Game Total Rushes NET YARDS PASSING Avg. Per Game Sacked/Yards Lost Gross Yards Att./Completions Completion Pct. Had Intercepted PUNTS/AVERAGE NET PUNTING AVG. PENALTIES/YARDS FUMBLES/BALL LOST TOUCHDOWNS Rushing Passing Returns

332 111 201 20 73/194 37.6 12/15 80 31:04 6259 391.2 1000 6.3 2070 129.4 444 4189 261.8 20/145 4334 536/386 72 8 60/47.0 60/42.2 105/962 19/10 51 23 23 5

Passing Att. Cmp. Yds. Brees TEAM OPPONENTS

98 N e w

536 536 554

386 386 329

4334 4334 3884

0

5

1

0

86

12

0

0

0

72

0

5

0

0

30

4

0

4

0

0

24

3

0

3

0

0

18

2

2

0

0

0

12

2

0

2

0

0

12

1

1

0

0

0

6

1

0

0

1

0

6

1

0

1

0

0

6

Hoomanawanui 1

0

1

0

0

6

Jordan

1

0

0

1

0

6

Lattimore

1

0

0

1

0

6

1

0

1

0

0

6

1

0

1

0

0

6

1

0

0

1

0

6

51

23

23

5

47/50 31/36 0

448

OPPONENTS

36

11

22

3

30/33 26/31 0

326

Lewis

TEAM

Score by Periods Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS TEAM

OPPONENTS

107

115 98

125 3

448

80

86

114 0

326

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RB Pierre Thomas

QB Drew Brees

Cmp% Yds/Att TD TD% Int Int% 8.09 8.09 7.01

140

0

8

J. Hill

72.0 72.0 59.4

47/50 31/36 0

0

Fleener Hardee

308 92 172 44 87/212 41 4/12 33.3 28:56 5384 336.5 1002 5.4 1787 111.7 406 3597 224.8 42/287 3884 554/329 59.4 20 71/44.9 71/41.0 108/850 20/5 36 11 22 3

PTS

Brees Edmunds

Opp.

S

5

Vaccaro

Saints

12

Thomas

Line

Team Stats

0

Kamara

FG

23 23 22

4.3 4.3 4

8 8 20

1.5 1.5 3.6

Long 54t 54t 53t

Sack/Lost Rating 20/145 20/145 42/287

103.9 103.9 79.0


Saints - statistics Rushing No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Ingram

Kamara

230

1124

4.9

72

12

120

728

6.1

74t

8

Peterson TM

27

81

3

11

0

Edmunds

9

48

5.3

41t

1

Ginn

10

39

3.9

15

0

Line

7

28

4

9

0

Lewis

2 14 7 8 0

Brees

33

12

0.4

7t

2

Lutz

1

4

4

4

0

1

2

2

2

0

3

-2

-0.7

0

0

1

-8

-8

-8

0

444

2070

4.7

74t

23

406

1787

4.4

50

11

Kuhn

Daniel

J. Hill TEAM

OPPONENTS

WR Michael Thomas

Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD

Field Goals 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+

Thomas

Lutz

104

1245

12

43

5

Kamara

81 826 10.2 40 5

TEAM

Ingram

58

416

7.2

54

0

OPPONENTS

Ginn

53

787

14.8

54t

4

Coleman

23

364

15.8

54

3

Fleener

22

295

13.4

33

2

J. Hill

16

125

7.8

22

1

Lewis

10

116

11.6

52

1

0/ 0

10/10

4/ 5

13/16

4/ 5

0/ 0

10/10

4/ 5

13/16

4/ 5

0/ 0

9/9

5/ 5

9/10

3/ 7

Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB In Lg B Morstead

60 2822 47 42.2 2 26 68 0

TEAM

60

2822

47

42.2

2

26

68

0

OPPONENTS 71 3186 44.9 41 3 25 61 1

Snead

8

92

11.5

26

0

Hoomanawanui

6

52

8.7

25

1

Line

2

8

4

5

1

Punt Returns Ret. FC Yds. Avg. Long TD

Peterson TM

2

4

2

3

0

Ginn

19

13

103

5.4

17

0

Griffin

1

4

4

4

0

Lewis

14

10

115

8.2

24

0

386

4334

11.2

54t

23

Snead

1 0 0 0 0 0

329

3884

11.8

53t

22

TEAM

34

23

OPPONENTS

24

18 249

TEAM

OPPONENTS

218

6.4

24

0

10.4

74t

1

Interceptions No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Lattimore

5

85

17

33

1

Kickoff Returns No. Yds. Avg. Long TD

13

307

23.6

39

0

Kamara

11

347

31.5

106t

1

Robertson 2 20 10 20 0

Ginn

5

56

11.2

17

0

P. Williams

0

Edmunds

3

65

21.7

27

0

Griffin

2

23

11.5

12

0

M. Williams 4 12 3 12 0 Vaccaro

3 2

41 7

13.7 3.5

30 7

0

Lewis

Rankins

1

27

27

27

0

Banjo

1

0

0

0

0

Kuhn

1

9

9

9

0

1

18

18

18

0

Crawley

1

0

0

0

0

Snead

Jordan

1

0

0

0t

1

TEAM

36

825

22.9

106t

1

2

OPPONENTS

32

788

24.6

46

0

TEAM

20

192

9.6

33

OPPONENTS 8 49 6.1 41 1

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PANTHERS - Statistics 2017: Won 11, Lost 5 Date

W/L Score Opp.

9/10

W

23-3

at San Francisco

9/17

W 9-3 Buffalo

9/24

L

13-34

New Orleans

10/1

W

33-30

at New England

10/8

W

27-24

at Detroit

10/12

L 23-28 Philadelphia

10/22

L

3-17

at Chicago

10/29

W

17-3

at Tampa Bay

11/5

W 20-17 Atlanta

11/13

W 45-21 Miami

11/26

W

35-27

at N.Y. Jets

12/3

L

21-31

at New Orleans

12/10

W 31-24 Minnesota

12/17

W

31-24

Green Bay

12/24

W

22-19

Tampa Bay

12/31

L

10-22

at Atlanta

Scoring TD Ru Pa Rt K-PAT FG S PTS Gano

0

0

0

0

34/37 29/30 0

121

Funchess

8

0

8

0

0

48

McCaffrey

7

2

5

0

0

42

Stewart

7

6

1

0

0

42

Newton

6

6

0

0

0

38

D. Byrd

3

0

2

1

0

18

Benjamin TM 2

0

2

0

0

12

Artis-Payne

1

1

0

0

0

6

Clay LG

1

0

0

1

0

6

Clay TM

1

0

0

1

0

6

Dickson

1

0

1

0

0

6

Kuechly

1

0

0

1

0

6

Olsen

1

0

1

0

0

6

Shepard

1

0

1

0

0

6

Whittaker

1

0

1

0

0

TEAM

40 15

22 3

34/37 29/30 0

363

OPPONENTS

34 7

25 2

32/32 29/34 0

327

Team Stats

Carolina

Opp.

TOTAL FIRST DOWNS

320

282

Rushing

121

69

Passing

167 187

Penalty

32

26

3rd Down: Made/Att

93/222

78/206

3rd Down Pct.

41.9

37.9

4th Down: Made/Att

5/11

7/20

4th Down Pct.

45.0

35.0

POSSESSION AVG.

32:17

27:43

TOTAL NET YARDS

5179

5074

Avg. Per Game

323.7

317.1

Total Plays

1026

953

Avg. Per Play

5

5.3

NET YARDS RUSHING

2102

1409

Avg. Per Game

131.4

88.1

Total Rushes

490

353

NET YARDS PASSING

3077

3665

Avg. Per Game

192.3

229.1

Sacked/Yards Lost

35/242

50/304

Gross Yards

3319

3969

Att./Completions

501/293

550/351

Completion Pct.

58.5

63.8

Had Intercepted

16

10

PUNTS/AVERAGE

71/46.0

69/46.2

NET PUNTING AVG.

71/42.4

69/41.6

PENALTIES/YARDS 83/682

101/867

FUMBLES/BALL LOST

19/6

19/11

TOUCHDOWNS

40

34

Rushing

15

7

Passing

22

25

Returns

3

2

QB Cam Newton

6

Score by Periods Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS TEAM

59 123 99 82 0 363

OPPONENTS

67 94 61 105 0

Passing Att. Cmp. Yds. Newton

492 291

Anderson

8

2

Palardy

1

0

327

Cmp% Yds/Att TD TD% Int Int% 22 4.5

16

3.3

Long 64

Sack/Lost Rating

3302

59.1

6.71

35/242

80.7

17

25.0

2.13

0

0.0

0

0.0

9

0/0

39.6

0

0.0

0.00

0

0.0

0

0.0

---

0/0

39.6

TEAM

501 293

3319

58.5

6.62

22 4.4

16

3.2

64

35/242

79.8

OPPONENTS

550 351

3969

63.8

7.22

25 4.5

10

1.8

70

50/304

92.9

102

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139 754 5.4 69 6

Stewart

198

680

3.4

60t

6

McCaffrey

117

435

3.7

40

2

DE Julius Peppers

Artis-Payne 18 95 5.3 43 1 Samuel

4 64 16 31 0

Clay LG

3

27

9

29

0

Clay TM

2

27

13.5

29

0

Shepard

2

19

9.5

11

0

Whittaker

7

18

2.6

8

0

D. Byrd

1

12

12

12

0

Anderson

2

-2

-1

-1

0

TEAM

490

2102

4.3

69

15

OPPONENTS

353

1409

4

72

7

Receiving No. Yds. Avg. Long TD McCaffrey

80

651

8.1

37

5

Funchess

63

840

13.3

44

8

Benjamin TM

32

475

14.8

43

2

Dickson

30 437 14.6 64 1

Shepard

17

202

11.9

40t

1

Olsen

17

191

11.2

30t

1

Samuel

15 115 7.7 23 0

D. Byrd

10

105 128

10.5 16

31 27

2

Palardy

71 3269 46 42.4 4 25 63 0

0

TEAM

71

Bersin

8

Stewart

8 52 6.5 21 1

Clay LG

6

85

14.2

28

0

Clay TM

5

57

11.4

15

0

Whittaker

5

47

9.4

28t

1

Manhertz

2

17

8.5

11

0

Artis-Payne

1

2

2

2

0

TEAM

293

3319

11.3

64

22

OPPONENTS 351 3969 11.3 70

25

interceptions No. Yds. Avg.

Long TD

Kuechly

3

23

Adams

2 42 21 40 0

Bradberry

2 3 1.5 3 0

Worley

2 0 0 0 0

C. Jones

1

10

10

10

0

TEAM

10

78

7.8

40

0

23

7.7

Punting No. Yds. Avg. Net TB In Lg B

0

OPPONENTS 16 249 15.6 76t 1

Field Goals 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+

3269

46

42.4

4

25

63

0

OPPONENTS 69 3187 46.2 41.6 0 24 66 0

Punt Returns Ret. FC Yds. Avg. Long TD McCaffrey

22

9

162

7.4

25

0

Clay LG

19

9

149

7.8

60t

1

Clay TM

17

8

147

8.6

60t

1

D. Byrd

1 0 9 9 9 0

TEAM

40

17

318

8

60t

1

OPPONENTS

30

21

176

5.9

29

0

Kickoff Returns No. Yds. Avg. Long TD Samuel

10 221 22.1 33 0

D. Byrd

7

229

32.7

103t

1

Whittaker

6

110

18.3

31

0

Clay LG

3

52

17.3

19

0

Clay TM

3

52

17.3

19

0

McCaffrey

3

58

19.3

21

0

Shepard

3

65

21.7

33

0

Bryan Cox

1 13 13 13 0

Gano

0/0

8/8 11/11 10/10 0/1

Mayo

1 12 12 12 0

Team

0/0

8/8 11/11 10/10 0/1

TEAM

34

Opponents

2/2

5/5 10/11

OPPONENTS

12 254 21.2 32 0

10 4

7/7 5/9

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760

22.4

103t

1


Outside the huddle

LB Craig Robertson #52 S

ince signing with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent from the Cleveland Browns in 2016, Craig Robertson’s versatility, dependability and performance have helped upgrade the club’s linebacker corps. In two seasons, Roberston has led the Saints with 208 total tackles and in 2017 he served as a team captain while making 77 stops and two interceptions. Slated to play his first playoff game today in his six-year NFL career, Robertson sat down this week to let fans know a little bit more about himself.

Who is the most famous person you’ve met? Lebron James.

Who is your favorite athlete (Saints or another sport)? Lebron James.

What’s your favorite thing about New Orleans? The food.

What was your first job? I was a referee.

What do you think is the best part about Mardi Gras? Just enjoying all the festivities.

What destination is on your bucket list? I want to try the world’s biggest zip line in Dubai.

Do you have a nickname? Crib.

Out of all opposing team quarterbacks, who’s best at playing mind games? Aaron Rodgers.

Which sports team would you like to own? The Saints.

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Outside the huddle

LB Michael Mauti # 56 S

ince coming to the New Orleans Saints at the start of the 2015 season, it should be no surprise that Michael Mauti has been an excellent fit for the club, mainly on special teams. A Mandeville native and the son of former Saints wideout and special teams ace, Rich Mauti, Michael has been a stalwart on the club’s special teams units with 22 special teams stops and one blocked punt recovered for a touchdown, while also contributing 48 defensive tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles. His triumphant comeback this season from an Ulcerative Colitis condition made him a nobrainer to be voted by his teammates as the club’s Ed Block Courage Award winner. Mauti, who is excited to be making his playoff debut today, sat down to let fans know a little bit more about himself.

Who is the most famous person you’ve met? Michael Jordan. What’s your favorite thing about New Orleans? The music. What do you think is the best part about Mardi Gras? The whole atmosphere of it can’t be beat. Do you have a nickname? Mautzilla. What historical event would you most like to have witnessed? Signing the Declaration of Independence. Which sports team would you like to own? The Saints. What was your first job? I worked at a grill. I grilled hamburgers and fried chicken tenders. What destination is on your bucket list? Go to Tokyo.

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On big-time special teams plays, which don’t often come, such as your blocked punt in 2015, how important of a role does film study and preparation play during the week? It’s crucial. You never know if you’re going to be that guy who has the opportunity. You need to rush every time like you’re going to be the one who blocks it. Obviously, you’ve been through a ton with your public battle with Ulcerative Colitis, surgeries and the eventual comeback. You have been recognized by teammates, the organization and have had support from family and fans. How would you describe the support and the role it played in your comeback? They’ve been a critical part of it. Going through what I’ve been through, there’s no way I could have done it myself. I’ve had an unbelievable group of nurses, doctors and nutritionists. Number one on that list is my wife and right behind her is my family. It’s been incredible.


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PELICANS SEASON SCHEDULE

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Hot out of the gate

Saints QB Drew Brees enters the playing field following pregame introductions for the start of New Orleans’ Dec. 24, 23-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Brees’ performance was typical of a fiery effort from the Black and Gold as he completed 21 of 28 passes for 239 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown pass to WR Ted Ginn Jr. near the end of the second quarter to give the Saints a 13-0 halftime lead. In the first quarter on a 12-yard completion, Brees became only the third player in NFL record books with 70,000 career passing yards.

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