Saints Media Day Review Part 1

Here’s a review of Tuesday’s Super Bowl XLIV Media day for those who missed it.

Reggie Bush

On how much he expects to be part of the game plan for Sunday’s game:

“Coach (Sean) Payton just came up to me about 15 minutes ago and said, ‘Make sure you’re ready, because your tongue is going to be hanging out on Sunday.’ Guys like us, we love to hear that we’re going to be involved in the game plan. I want to be dog tired by the time the game’s over, because I know then that I’ve given it everything I have.”

On head coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees coming to New Orleans when the franchise was in shambles:

“I think it says a lot about those guys. I was drafted here, so I didn’t have a choice. They had a choice, and I think it says a lot about Drew Brees and Sean Payton. Getting a chance to know these guys for the last four years, Drew Brees is one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met, and not just a great athlete. He’s a good person. He just has it all together in all phases of his life. Sean Payton, he’s done nothing but a great job with this team, building this team from Day One. His vision that he had for this team – we’re a living testament. Look where we are now. We’re in the Super Bowl.”

Darren Sharper

On playing in the Super Bowl for the first time since his rookie 1997 season with Green Bay:

“It’s been a long, long time, as they say. (In) ’97, I thought I’d be back many a time after that game with a great organization and a great quarterback, but it lets you know how tough it is to get to this point, and you have to appreciate it, cherish this moment. And I’m going to make sure I do that, because we can pretty much say this might be my last time.”

On the Saints season rankings on defense:

“You know what? Everyone’s talking about the rankings and saying, ‘You have the 25th-ranked defense.’ At the end of the day, at this point, you don’t care about rankings. It’s the defense that plays the best on any given day. Our philosophy, as everyone knows, is to take the football away and create turnovers and get the ball back for our offense, and we’ve done a great job with that in the postseason and during the regular season. So if we can stick to that philosophy, it’s going to carry us a long way and it’ll definitely help us out on Sunday.”

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