New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hopes to cap a record-setting season by taking home the NFL’s top individual honor — the Most Valuable Player award — on Saturday night.It won’t come easy. For much of the 2011 season, pundits all but anointed Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers the league’s MVP honor. Rodgers led his team to the best record in pro football (15-1 in the regular season), but the Packers faltered in the NFC playoffs, losing at home to the Super Bowl-bound New York Giants.
It has been 10 years since New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl. And people in Crescent City can’t wait for the drought to end next season, when the title game will come to town for the 10th time. Representatives from the city, the state of Louisiana and the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee have been in Indianapolis all week to give people a preview of the game and culture. From a media guide full of Southern-style recipes to Mardi Gras beads, fleur-de-lis pins and samples of king cake at the Super Bowl media center, one thing is clear: New Orleans won’t have any trouble throwing a Super Bowl party.
While it broke the hearts of Indianapolis Colts fans, the New Orleans Saints’ 31-17 victory in Super Bowl XLIV awarded a ring to kick returner/wide receiver Courtney Roby, who had been cut by his favorite childhood team one year earlier, only one week into the season.
Saints FB Jed Collins finished the 2011 season as Pro Football Focus’ top-rated lead blocker in the league. Collins is best known to fantasy leaguers for vulturing four short-yardage touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) from Mark Ingram et al, but he was a battering ram for New Orleans.
On Friday, it was Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s turn. He was asked whether he worries about his team being too cocky.“I’m not sure what you’re referencing,” he said. “I know that there are one or two quotes out there, but, to be honest with you, I don’t know that either one of them is any different than Tom Brady’s quotes
Deuce McAllister, the greatest running back in the history of the New Orleans Saints franchise, will be entering the coaching ranks as a member of Ole Miss’ coaching staff under head coach Hugh Freeze. The University has yet to speak on the matter, but it looks as if McAllister will assume a non-paid role as an “offensive quality control” assistant coach.
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