METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Super Bowl champion Saints are heading down to coastal Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana on Tuesday to visit areas affected by the Gulf oil spill.
Coach Sean Payton says the Saints initially planned to attend a lunch at the governor's mansion in Baton Rouge that day, but Gov. Bobby Jindal and the team decided it would be more appropriate to meet at a site that is now suffering from the worst oil spill in the nation's history.
Payton says he expects the Saints to bring along the Vince Lombardi Trophy and hopes the coaches and players can provide moral support and help keep the attention on the plight of residents whose livelihoods and way of life have been endangered by the spill.