New Orleans Saints Sean Payton will have a bittersweet time at HOF ceremony

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Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline during the fourth quarter of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Saints 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

The hardest part of a breakup is the moment when you see your ex out.  You think you’re over it but the memories and thoughts come back like a flood from a ruptured dam.  It’s something that might happen to suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

It was reported today that Payton will be granted permission to attend the ceremonies for the 2012 Hall of Fame along with some of the team’s top executives.

One report issued mentioned that he will fly with owner Tom Benson, Benson’s wife Gayle, general manager Mickey Loomis, and head of the Saints public/media relations Greg Bensel.

Payton will be allowed to interact with the Saints on what is deemed as a “social” level at the ceremonies.  This means that unfortunately, he will  not be able to see his team live and direct when they play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

While no doubt this will be a satisfying  moment for him to at least attend the event, deep down he is bound to be itching to reunite with his staff and players to take the field.  A hard pill for Payton to swallow for sure.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt and quarterback Drew Brees have discussed in length about how hard it is not being able to talk with Payton on the level that they were used to.

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