Buffett drops by New Orleans Saints practice

From ESPN: “WhoDat in paradise: Longtime Saints fan Jimmy Buffett drops by practice

Longtime New Orleans Saints fan Jimmy Buffett dropped by practice Tuesday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

Buffett, who grew up in Mississippi and Alabama, has reportedly been a die-hard “WhoDat” since he attended the Saints’ first home game in 1967 while working as a 20-year-old budding musician in a Bourbon Street club.

Buffett’s relationship with the Saints has only grown over the past decade because of a friendship with coach Sean Payton that began when Payton was an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. Buffett told New Orleans’ FOX 8 on Tuesday that his first memory of Payton was when Payton, former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and others got rowdy during a Buffett concert and tried to pull down a shark that was floating across the crowd.

Buffett joined the Saints for their postgame celebration after they won the Super Bowl in 2010. He wore a “Free Sean Payton” T-shirt while Payton played the bongo drums during a 2012 concert in New Orleans while Payton was suspended because of the bounty scandal.

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