Fleur-de-Links: July 27, 2012

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WEETS:

Photos from the unveiling of the "Rebirth" statue

Congrats to my friend and teammate for life . You will always be a difference maker.

": Beautiful Steve Gleason. Honored to have been your teammate and share the DB room with you " ...

Pretty nice deal

"this is awesome," -Gleason

We are interviewing today, reply with questions you would want to ask him!

thanking and staff for allowing me to work with you guys this spring. Always a reb.

Due to inclement weather, today’s practice has been moved indoors & is CLOSED to the public.

The next practice is Saturday: 4-6:45 P.M. and is scheduled to be open to the public (weather permitting).

This photo comes courtesy of Sean Buck, proud member of

Thanks for your questions for Lance Moore! Here are his responses:

Steven Gleason statue..

Gleason's statue with the Dome in the background!

": The entire Saints team is here to unveil Steve Gleason's statue "

This is great for Steve Gleason and his family and the organization

For fans who want to see the statue, it is on the southwest corner of the plaza level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

": Our young rookie offensive tackle knocked out on the job lol " haha big sleepy

": The entire Saints team is here to unveil Steve Gleason's statue "a true inspiration

Unveiling of Steve Gleason's statue! Special moment!

Just finished dedicating the 13 ft bronze Rebirth statue with Steve Gleason outside at Superdome. Special day for Nola

New statue

"It ain't gonna be easy, but it's gonna be awesome" Steve Gleason Motto Honor to follow him from to

The entire Saints team is here to unveil Steve Gleason's statue

New statue for Steve Gleason!!! Happy to have personally known him

Beautiful Steve Gleason. Honored to have been your teammate and share the DB room with you

Saints unveil "rebirth" statue outside Mercedes-Benz Superdome as a tribute to Dome’s reopening & Steve Gleason

"To have a statue of you up 100 years from now at the Superdome, I think that’s amazing," Gleason

"Our lives are better because of Steve Gleason," -

Realizing You Worked Hard To Get This Far And Won't Let Anybody Or Anything Mess It Up!So I Dont Want Any Negativity Round My Soul

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THE AWESOME STEVE GLEASON "REBIRTH" STATUE:

"Rebirth" statue unveiled in New Orleans | ProFootballTalk
Nearly seven years after a hurricane devastated the region and nearly six years after one special-teams play in a football game came to represent its return, a statue capturing that moment has been unveiled.

New Orleans Saints dedicate statue to former special teams star Steve Gleason - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
He is battling ALS

Saints Unveil "Rebirth" Sculpture of Likeness of Steve Gleason

Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason to be immortilized today with statue
Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason to be immortilized today with statue.

Steve Gleason continues to find adventure, despite ALS | ProFootballTalk
They’re unveiling a statue of Steve Gleason outside the Superdome today. But the subject of the artwork has been doing anything but standing still.

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Vilma hearing ends with no decision | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
NEW ORLEANS -- After Jonathan Vilma and seven witnesses testified Thursday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell got his facts wrong in the bounty scandal, a federal judge decided against making an immediate ruling on whether the suspended Saints' linebacker could temporarily return to work.

Jonathan Vilma's court hearing ends without a decision - NFL.com
Jonathan Vilma was back in federal court Thursday, this time with retired linebacker Troy Evans, defensive back Randall Gay and New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt, who all testified on is behalf.

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SAINTS CAMP:

New Orleans Saints training camp and preseason schedule - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
After storms forced the practice indoors Thursday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints training camp will be open to the public for the first time today at 4 p.m.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shows no rust in return to practice | wwltv.com New Orleans
When a reporter tried to sarcastically ask New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about his rusty first day of practice, the $100 million man didn’t flinch in his answer.

New Orleans Saints defenders expect learning curve for Steve Spagnuolo's defense | wwltv.com New Orleans
Two days before the New Orleans Saints’ first practice of the 2012 season, safety Roman Harper pledged that the only thing that would change about the defense would be the scheme.

Play of the Day: New Orleans Saints’ Lance Moore makes acrobatic catch | wwltv.com New Orleans
It’s only Day 1 and New Orleans' Lance Moore was doing what, well, only the quick and diminutive receiver knows what to do – make acrobatic catches that defy logic.

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram says he’s 100 percent | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram said he’s back to 100 percent, matching his goal entering training camp in spite of offseason surgeries to help hasten his return from toe and knee injuries.

Saints Nation: Saints Give Thomas Morstead Enormous Contract | July

Saints Hold First Training Camp Practice

First day of Saints camp is 'weird' | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- After one of the most difficult offseasons in NFL history, the New Orleans Saints opened camp Thursday with eyes on the 2012 season.

New Orleans Saints first practice features "Do Your Job" motto
New Orleans Saints first practice features "Do Your Job" motto.

Joe Vitt calls Drew Brees "outstanding" at first practice | ProFootballTalk
"Outstanding," Vitt said of Brees. "I don’t think anybody’s eyes lied to them. You guys were here and saw the practice. Excellent tempo, excellent ball location, in and out of the huddle, up and down, on and off. Outstanding."

Saints extend punter Thomas Morstead through 2018 | ProFootballTalk
Drew Brees might have ruined contract extensions for every Saint, ever. No matter what the deal, it will look small next to his five-year, $100 million deal. Still, the Saints did right by punter Thomas Morstead, giving him $21.

Graham Says the Saints are "Fired Up" for the Season

Behind the Facemask- Lance Moore

Vitt: "It Was Good To Get Everybody Back Into The Flow Of Things."

Post-Practice Player Quotes from Thursday

Saints Wearing 'Do Your Job' Shirts at Camp

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LAGNIAPPE:

The Greatest Moments in Saints History- No. 9
9. Drew Brees’ Breaks NFL Passing Mark

Brees, Benson back the New Orleans Times-Picayune | ProFootballTalk
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was spotted chatting with Saints owner Tom Benson on the sideline during Thursday's training camp practice, and when Brees was asked what they discussed, he said it was about saving the local newspaper. "Yeah, we were actually talking about the Times-Picayune.

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VIDEO:

Drew Brees' Interview 7/26/12

Drew Brees at Saints' Training Camp

DT Sedrick Ellis Interview 7/26/12

G Jahri Evans Interview 7/26/12



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