The New Orleans Saints are pulling out all the stops for the first playoff game in the Superdome since the 2011-2012 season. Mannie Fresh (Byron Otto Thomas) is a rapper and DJ who worked with Cash Money Records through the 90s to the early 00s, and he is currently signed with Def Jam South under his own division (Chubby Boy Records).
The Saints’ Twitter page released pictures Saturday of Mannie Fresh with several players (including Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore) and announced this morning that he would be DJing the pregame festivities to get the crowd pumped up and prepared for today’s playoff game.
"Say go DJ, ‘cause that's my DJ— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 7, 2018
Mannie, Mannie Fresh, yes, that’s my DJ!"
Today's pregame DJ in the DOME: @MannieFresh!
Get in your seats EARLY and get HYPED! #LoveTheSaints pic.twitter.com/9qIy3js2r1
As well as having Mannie Fresh, several players from the 2009 Super Bowl team will be present. Reggie Bush, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and others will all be in attendance.
To further encourage the fans to get loud they team is providing every seat with large “Dome Field Advantage” rally towels.
Drew Brees told Joel Ericson of the Advocate, “I’m sure it’s going to be crazy, our fans know what a difference they made in that Atlanta game. Obviously, we stressed the importance of that. I don’t think I need to stress the importance of this one. I think our fans know, and I think they’ll be ready.”
The sea of #Saints rally towels #CARvsNO pic.twitter.com/TrqnTvexBF— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) January 7, 2018
If New Orleans beats Carolina, they will travel to play the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. The Vikings this year are playing for the chance to be the first host team to a Super Bowl.