While the eyes of the NFL world rest on Aaron Hernandez and the New England Patriots the New Orleans Saints have been quitely making some headlines as well, albeit in a much, much better fashion.
Today we’ll look at some Saints doing good deeds and one man trying desperatly to shed the bust label and make something of his career.
Let’s take a look.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Jason Smith, the former Rams offensive tackle who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2009 draft, is hoping to resurrect his career with the Saints, writes the Times-Picayune’s Mike Triplett. Offensive line coach Bret Ingalls: “As far as the character and want-to, it has been tremendous. He’s dying to learn. He’s going to fix whatever isn’t right. He’s showing improvement every day, so we’re excited. … But we’ll know more once we get the pads on in training camp.”
Per NOLA.com’s Nick Stillman:
East St. John’s football team is not only going to Disney World, the Wildcats are going there to meet Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and Jonathan Vilma.
The Brees Dream Foundation announced last week it was sponsoring East St. John’s football team, which will attend the inaugural Drew Brees Passing Academy and 7-on-7 Tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Brees said he had been keenly aware of the struggle in LaPlace to rebound from the destruction of Hurricane Isaac last August, and that his foundation was happy to send 30 East St. John players and coaches to Orlando later this month.
“With everything the school and the whole LaPlace community has gone through over the last year, we’re excited to be able to provide East St. John with the opportunity to take their team out there and compete,” Brees said, noting that he had visited East St. John in 2006 to meet with students and deliver a talk on financial literacy.