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One week after purchasing 100 Devon Still Cincinnati Bengals jerseys, Saints coach Sean Payton talked with the player for the first time on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show on Thursday.
Payton purchased the jerseys last week in honor of Still’s daughter, Leah, who has Stage 4 pediatric cancer and is at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Bengals announced that all proceeds from the sales of Still’s jersey would go to pediatric cancer research.
“I’m a huge fan from a far,” Payton told Still. “I never met you. We play you down the road now, and you can’t have any sacks on (Saints quarterback Drew) Brees.”
Still thanked Payton for purchasing the jerseys.
Still said that lately the news about Leah’s health has been positive.
Payton heard the story last week of how Still began the season on the practice squad because of an injured hamstring, but was signed by Cincinnati to the active roster before the season began so he would have health insurance to pay for his daughter’s treatments, and he decided to do something to support the cause.
Payton said the jersey sale decision by Cincinnati was a class move by Bengals owner Mike Brown and coach Marvin Lewis.
“I think you have inspired a ton of people with this story as have (Bengals owner) Mike Brown and (Bengals coach) Marvin Lewis,” Payton told Still. “It really caught my attention the way they were handling it, and I think it is going to be something that gives a lot of people strength, obviously, in a difficult time.”
There’s been floods of bad news coming out of the NFL lately, but here’s a chance for Saints fans to benefit a couple of good causes while also getting a shot at winning tickets to each one of their team’s home games in 2014 for $2.
Saints punter Thomas Morstead is holding a raffle to raise funds for his What You Give Will Grow Foundation, whose mission is to support causes and charities that work with — among others — cancer patients and underprivileged children in the region. Fans can purchase tickets for the raffle at saintsraffle.com.
Aside from a pair of tickets to every Saints home game (the first of which is Sunday at noon against the Vikings), the winner will receiving lodging and other gifts. Among the other gifts are a diamond fleur-de-lis necklace, a dinner with Morstead and his wife, Lauren, a signed Morstead Saints jersey and the complete collection of the Sprout6 T-shirt line, whose sales benefit What You Give Will Grow Foundation.
The deadline to buy tickets is Thursday at 11 a.m.
Apparently a game wasn’t the only thing Saints coach Sean Payton lost in Cleveland.
Payton, noted for his icy, cold demeanor on and off the field, lost his cool and yelled at defensive coordinator Rob Ryan late in the fourth quarter of the team’s 26-24 loss.
The video is courtesy of Fox Sports, which broadcast the game, and The Big Lead:
It’s tough to read Payton’s lips because of the microphone hanging from his headset.
Still, you get the idea.
Payton was mad at Ryan for something.
Payton downplayed the incident with Ryan after the game.
When asked if it was normal to have animated discussions with assistant coaches during games, Payton said that it happens “every game.”
And in this day and age when something happens there usually are cameras there to catch the action and show it to the world.