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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Schlereth said it marked the first time he has been asked to speak to a professional football team. He has done it before for baseball teams, but he was thrilled when Payton called him and asked him if he would ...

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Old 08-24-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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ESPN's Mark Schlereth visits New Orleans Saints

Schlereth said it marked the first time he has been asked to speak to a professional football team. He has done it before for baseball teams, but he was thrilled when Payton called him and asked him if he would like to fly to New Orleans and expand his speaking résumé.
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"Absolutely, I was honored, " he said. "I didn't expect it, but when they asked me to come speak to this team absolutely I was honored. It was very exciting to get on a plane and come down here."
Schlereth has carved out a niche as an opinionated and entertaining voice on television and radio, but that career was of little interest to Payton. Rather, it was Schlereth's role as a member of the Denver Broncos on teams that were Super Bowl champions in 1998 and 1999 that earned the invite.

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I had the chance to view a review copy of ESPN's "Gruden's Champ Camp,'' Jon Gruden's film session/interview experience with New Orleans coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees (ESPN, 7-8 p.m. Eastern, tonight) ... and then to talk with Gruden about it. Gruden picked out plays from the 2009 season and dissected them with Payton and Brees. A great idea, especially because many of the plays weren't the highlight-reel plays, but plays that showed how good and smart a team the Saints had. And, Gruden pointed out, how selfless.
He showed a play in which speedy wideout Robert Meachem ran a deep route and took not only a corner but also a safety with him -- because, even though it was clear that he wasn't the primary receiver, the fact that he ran it full-speed forced the defense to respect him and took a cover guy away from the intermediate part of the field. It's something most of us, watching the play, wouldn't have seen. But it jumped out to Gruden, having been a coach and dissected his share of tape over the years.
"This is the most unselfish team I have ever seen,'' Gruden told me. "Sometimes a highlight tape doesn't do a season justice. But I saw so many plays over the course of the season that showed how important that aspect of the team was.'' You'll learn a lot about football watching this show, but there's good color in it too.


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