Saints coach Sean Payton recalls two poignant moments after Super Bowl XLIV triumph
By James Varney, The Times-Picayune
March 24, 2010, 9:33AM
Speaking at the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday, Saints coach Sean Payton said two moments stand out in his memory as especially significant ones after New Orleans had won Super Bowl XLIV and claimed the greatest - and first - such sports glory in the city's history.
"I think the two things that I recall were pretty interesting," he began. "The bus ride from the stadium back to the team hotel, the same guys that are always on Bus 1, Bus 2, you just wanted that to go on forever. Because you knew when you got to the hotel you were going to see 500 people, talk to 500 people, but really never visit with 500 people. It was just going to be crowded.
"That bus ride, you knew it was the last time that team collectively was going to be together," he said.
"Secondly, is that opportunity to see your family, your immediate family, my wife and two children right afterwards on the field and just hugging them amongst the confetti and all that.
"There's so much that went into that. Everyone - players, coaches, and everyone that was a member of the organization can reflect on their own trials and tribulations: decisions to living there right after Katrina. And all of that kind of, in a very brief moment, was kind of revisited. And it was important that they were there."
Re: Two Moments
IT really is true about the bus ride. We will not have the same team next year.
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