Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Payton, Loomis, Vitt to attend Sunday's Saints game

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM

"Free Sean Payton" lovers will be happy for at least one night as the New Orleans Saints head coach will be in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees wanted Payton, Loomis and Vitt in attendance and he attempts to break Johnny Unitas record.
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  • Saints quarterback Drew Brees wanted Payton, Loomis and Vitt in attendance and he attempts to break Johnny Unitas' record.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees sent an email request to the NFL asking that head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt be allowed to attend the game. Brees can pass Johnny Unitas in the record books consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees and Unitas are currently tied at 47 straight games with a TD pass.

Wednesday night the NFL approved the request and in a statement gave the reason: "Drew Brees requested permission for Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, and Joe Vitt to attend Sunday night's game in which Drew will attempt to set the record of 48 straight games with a touchdown pass. Commissioner (Roger) Goodell has granted that permission. Coaches Payton and Vitt and Mickey Loomis will be permitted to watch the game in a private area of the stadium and will have no contact with the team."

"I am excited for our team and for them," Brees said in a text message to ESPN's Ed Werder. "It adds another element to what we hope to be a very special night."

Payton is currently serving a season long suspension for his role in the bounty scandal while Vitt's six-game suspension ends the Monday following the Tampa Bay game. Loomis is half way through his eight-game suspension.

Payton upon his arrival signed Brees through free agency as the center piece of his offense and the two have broken numerous NFL offensive records.

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