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.