Saints newcomers visit museum, get taste of franchise’s history
NEW ORLEANS – Barely two weeks after learning they would be joining the New Orleans Saints, the team’s rookies learned even more about the franchise’s history Monday afternoon.
More than two dozen of the newest Saints took a field trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which included a stop at the Saints Hall of Fame museum.
Saints director of player development Fred McAfee led the players on their trip to the Dome. “If you’re going to have a future … you’ve got to know your past,” McAfee said.
This is the third year the Saints rookies have paid a visit to the Hall of Fame, led by Ken Trahan of CrescentCitySports.com.
“It’s one of those things we should have been doing a long time ago, ” McAfee said. “There’s so much history. You’ve got to let the rookies see what we’ve built so they can be a part of it.”
New Orleans native and Saints seventh-round draft pick Will Clapp has been to countless Saints games, but this was his first trip to the museum.
“This is pretty cool,” said Clapp, who got a chance to play in the Dome last year when LSU met BYU in a relocated season opener. “I know a little bit of the history, but to get the full tour has been awesome.”
Clapp isn’t the only Louisiana native among the Saints’ draft picks. Sixth-round selection Boston Scott of Louisiana Tech is a native of Zachary.
“It’s awesome to see so many greats,” said Scott, who has never been to a Saints game but played in the Dome in the 2016 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl for Tech. “To see the … names and the faces of so many athletes who have had the opportunity to come here and be successful, it’s amazing.”
Even those without Louisiana ties, like undrafted free agent quarterback J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, had reason to be impressed.
“I think it’s really cool they have this here for the fans to have … and relive those memories here,” Barrett said. “It’s good to be able to learn the history of the Saints.”
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