Usually the New Orleans Saints are focused and all about business when it comes to practicing. On Wednesday’s practice though, there were plenty of hi-jinks that occurred during and after practice.
During practice everyone was treated to a little subliminal messaging as a plane flew overhead trailing a banner that read, “FREE PAYTON”. Before “DO YOUR JOB” came along, this had been the battle cry of loyal Saints fans.
Safety Roman Harper joked to some that he had paid for the advertisement but it ended up being fans connected to a website called FREEPAYTON.ORG who are protesting the treatment by the NFL to suspended head coach Sean Payton and the Saints.
They began the air raid today and plan to continue to fly with the help of donations from the website. Quarterback Drew Brees said he would contribute a donation if he were asked.
At the end of practice, several rookies made it into the end zone but not in the way that they wanted. In a “team building” exercise, several Saints rookies were taped to the goalposts and given a nice bath of ice and Gatorade.
Wide receiver Lance Moore also had a nice present for the rookie wide receivers. Each were required to wear a Saints helmet all day long minus the face-guard. They took it in stride and wore their “gifts” in good spirits.