The coach of the New Orleans Saints talked about the spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a hundred jerseys in support of Devon Still’s daughter’s struggle against cancer.
The coach, Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints bought in bulk form a hundred jerseys to support the Cincinnati Bengals tackle, Devon Still. It was a truly on-the-spot choice the coach made out of sheer good will.
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After he got a gander at Devon’s tale in audio form, he decided it was the best thing to do. Devon’s little daughter is in the midst of her struggle against pediatric cancer.
All the jerseys got donated to the cause of research that will find a cure for pediatric cancer. The moment he heard of the sad news, he consulted with an assistant and the result was the buying and donating of the 100 jerseys.
There was a bond and link between the two teams and so this decision was taken in good will and camaraderie. "I had heard about him on the radio and the challenge he's going through," Payton told ESPN.
"So when I got in the office the other day, I just mentioned to [assistant Jason Mitchell], 'Let's do something.' [Bengals owner] Mike Brown has been a great owner in our league. We've practiced with Cincinnati before. We've had a lot of close ties there.
"Marvin [Lewis] and those guys do a great job running their program. So it was really something that was meant to be just kind of a good gesture. And it was interesting to see what they've been able to do and the support they've been able to gather for him and that organization."
Kindness and love are emotions that are rare on earth today. The coach’s behavior was ideal given that he had nothing to gain from it other than praise or thanks. It proves that virtue is its own reward. The feeling of being on top of the world in terms of having a clear conscience and a big heart simply cannot be beat.
And the human element of sympathy and empathy were there too. The jerseys sold within a day’s time and the proceeds went toward cancer research. The Saints have been known for similar saint-like behavior in the past.
In the beginning of 2014, they all signed an oversized card for Jim Kelly who was also fighting cancer. He has since recovered and is doing well right now.
Meanwhile, coming back to more mundane matters, the Saints have been facing hurdles as regards tackling on the field. Their player Keenan Lewis was especially peeved with regard to this issue.
"Absolutely there is (an emphasis in practice)," Saints coach told ESPN. "We have individual periods out here where it’s strictly fundamentals. You’re working location, landmarks, leverage, where you’re fitting. The No. 1 thing is population of the ball. All of those things we work on. And we have to."
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The Saints are working on their ball playing problems and will hopefully correct them in the near future. Till then they will have to engage in a whole lot of practice and make relentless efforts to overcome the obstacles that lie in their path.