Video: Rookies visit Saints Hall of Fame
Saints draft picks and rookie free agents have been in New Orleans less than a week, getting a crash course in pro football.
They’re also getting a quick study on the first half-century of the franchise.
As has become a tradition, the rookies visited the Saints Hall of Fame Monday afternoon.
Head coach Sean Payton and director of player programs Fred McAfee want the players to understand the history of the team. The rookies got a guided tour through the Hall of Fame’s timeline exhibit and watched videos of the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl season and early years of the franchise.
“Each (NFL) team has a person that’s similar to me,” McAfee said. He said the tour is meant to “show them what they’re building upon, what came before them. I think it’s important to let them know the history of our team, our city, our culture, this franchise. It’s a very important step.”
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