Fleur-de-Links: July 7, 2011

TWEETS:

SAINTS:

Saints' Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl ring to be displayed at Slidell art opening | NOLA.com
New exhibit, 'The Art of Tiffany: Works from the Collection of Mary Ellen Whiddon' opens Friday

New Orleans Saints illustrate how sports can help communities recover from disaster, study says | NOLA.com
Poll: Do you agree with the study results?

New Orleans Saints trivia and tidbits: Early 60's brought exhibition hits, new franchise misses
SportsNOLA.com IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Interview with Roman Harper, SS New Orleans Saints | ProFootballFocus.com
Nishant Shailendra interviews Roman harper of the New Orleans Saints.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

John Mackey, Hall of Fame tight end, dies at 69 | NOLA.com
He fought for stronger health benefits for retired players

Austin Collie on concussion concerns: I try to ignore it | ProFootballTalk
No topic dominated the headlines during the 2010 NFL season like concussions, and no player was the subject of more scrutiny than Colts receiver Austin Collie, who had to leave the last three games he played because of concussions.

No supplemental draft date set | ProFootballTalk
Former Ohio State Terrelle Pryor has added some intrigue to this year's supplemental draft.  (He's also added someone worth drafting; we're not sure that was the case before.

Terrell Owens’ ACL happened in early April | ProFootballTalk
Florio is hosting the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, and it's chock full of NFL guests as you may expect.  (Since Florio doesn't follow other sports.) The first guest was agent Drew Rosenhaus, who tried to clear up misconceptions about the torn ACL of Terrell Owens.

Hall of Famer John Mackey passes away | ProFootballTalk
John Mackey, the second tight end ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has passed away at the age of 69.  Mackey's family informed the NFLPA of the news. The No. 2 pick of the 1963 Draft, Mackey quickly established himself as a new kind of tight end.

Roy Williams gets his ring back | ProFootballTalk
The strange story of Roy Williams and the $76,600 engagement ring has come to an end. Williams, the Dallas Cowboys receiver who sued his ex-girlfriend to try to get back the engagement ring that he mailed her on Valentine's Day, got the ring back. (Jon note: check out the photo the article uses.)

Favre? Coming Back?? AGAIN???!!!

LABOR PAINS:

NFL lockout 'now up against a hard deadline' | NOLA.com
July 15 considered key date to getting all preseason games in

'Field of Dreams' gets pigskin sequel in Web video | NOLA.com
Ray Lewis, Tony Gonzalez, Shawne Merriman featured (Jon note: shoutout to programmerman for getting a fanshot about this already.)

Drew Brees quote targeted in complaint filed by retired NFL players | NOLA.com
Lawsuit seeks to stop negotiations between NFL, active players

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