All posts by Pierce W. Huff

Advocate sportswriter

This Saints game ball is for Bailey

The pink “B” on the jacket and visor of Saints coach Sean Payton was more than just a fashion statement, it was the symbolization of a promise to a special girl and support for everyone who battles cancer.

Bailey Leon, an 11-year-old girl, has been battling cancer at the Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans and is a huge fan of the black and gold and her team’s coach. Bailey and Payton have talked a few times and have developed a friendship.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago BearsMonday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago BearsMonday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The last time Payton met Bailey was on Saturday when he promised her a game ball from the team’s game at the Chicago Bears on Monday.

Thanks to one of its best games of season, Payton will not only keep his promise with a game ball from a win that put the Saints in sole possession of first place in the NFC South, but he will make a special girl happy.