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Payton and Brees Interview on CNN’s John King USA

Drew Brees, Sean Payton and the rest of the Saints have had a busy day visiting with residents and helping with Gulf relief efforts. Brees and Payton took some time to sit down with CNN’s John King this afternoon and discussed the team’s role in Gulf relief efforts, including the team’s presence in the community and of course, the Super Bowl ring raffle.

“You know, the big thing…is just us being able to have a presence and — and really show our support as a — as a team and as an organization.” Coach Payton told King when asked about what his team is doing to help those effected by the spill. “And, you know, there’s going to be a lot of long days for these people. And, you know, hopefully today wasn’t as long. And hopefully, you know, we will– we were able to give them a little break from what has been a lot of bad news.”

King later asked the Super Bowl MVP what similarites and diffences he’s noticed in the community between Hurricane Katrina and this oil spill.

Brees responded

Well, you know, both Sean and I came to New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, about six months post-Katrina. And we saw the devastation there with our own eyes. And not only did we see the opportunity that we had to help rebuild the organization and to win football games and to bring a championship here, but also to be very involved in the community and with the rebuilding efforts.

And, you know, whereas Hurricane Katrina was the largest — or most devastating actual disaster in U.S. history, now we’re encountering the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. And it just happens to be in the exact same place, affecting many of the same people.

So whatever we can do. You know, we have a bond with our fans that was molded here over the last four years because of everything we went through post-Katrina. We were able to give them a championship in February. Hopefully, we can give them a few more by the time we’re done.

But for now, it’s all about doing whatever we can down here in South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast to help these people come back.

John King USA will air tonight on CNN at 7 PM EST.


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