New Orleans Saints news and notes from March 26 to March 29.
MARQUES COLSTON SETS A MODEL FOR RETIRED PLAYERS
Tim Katt and Jay Kapoor of The Game Plan featured former New Orleans Saints wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Marques Colston on their podcast. Colston is the New Orleans Saints' greatest receiver in the franchise's history. He currently serves as the CEO of Marques Colston Enterprises and an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans.
TOM AND GAYLE BENSON FOUNDATION DONATES TO UNCF
Many HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) across the United States are struggling to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic and existing financial inequities. New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson donated $1 million to the United Negro College Fund during their New Orleans chapter fundraiser, the "New Orleans UNCF Virtual Mayor's Masked Ball."
Mrs. Benson remarked to the attendees, "UNCF has made a life-changing difference for over 500,000 individuals in our country for more than 76 years by providing scholarship assistance to under-represented students. While this is an amazing achievement, there are still many more students in need of the programs and college scholarships UNCF helps provide. I am humbled to make this contribution in support of this great organization and the students who will benefit from these scholarships in our community."
FORMER SAINTS GREAT WILLIE WHITEHEAD JOINED THE BAYOU BLITZ
Willie Whitehead joined Bob Rose and Kyle T. Mosley on Friday's Bayou Blitz podcast. Whitehead shared his thoughts on the current state of the New Orleans Saints, player development, mental health, and more.
KAMARA LIKE TD RUN FROM DOWN SYNDROME STUDENT
He donned the No. 41 jersey, grabbed the football, ran, avoided tacklers, and weaved through the opposing defense to score his big touchdown run! Ezekiel Elliott tweeted, Got that @A_kamara6 41 on !! LEGEND!
KAMARA'S NOT COOL WITH 17 GAMES
The NFL owners are set to vote and extend the 2021 season to a 17 game schedule. Many players are not in favor of the proposal. Why? Mostly, the wear and tear on their bodies and possible injuries are the top reasons.
New Orleans Saints star running back, Alvin Kamara, had these words posted:
"S--- dumb... as hell," Kamara tweeted.
WIL LUTZ GETS MARRIED
Wil Lutz and Megan Fox were married over the weekend in Louisiana after several changes in venue and postponements.
SAINTS DE TANOH KPASSAGNON
After losing defensive end Trey Hendrickson to the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency, they turned to the current market and landed Tanoh Kpassagnon from the Kansas City Chiefs.
What interested you in coming to join the Saints and this being a place you wanted to sign?
"Honestly, playing against them. I saw how their defensive line especially just got after it. You see it with their production on the field, how they stop the run, how they really get after the passer and playing them, seeing that in person really is what made that stick to me." - Kpassagnon to the media
EMORY HUNT JOINED THE CRESCENT CITY CONNECTION PODCAST
Emory Hunt shared with Kyle T. Mosley his thoughts on the New Orleans Saints quarterback competition, cornerbacks to target in the NFL Draft, and more.
SAINTS TE NICK VANNETT
"First off, I just want to thank Mrs. Benson and Sean Payton for the opportunity to be a New Orleans Saint. I'm just super thrilled about it. I'm just excited to finally be here and get everything finalized. It's a great opportunity to be with a very successful organization, an organization that has a rich, winning culture." - Vannett to the media