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Former Saint Tom Dempsey, who had one of the most famous kicks in NFL history, has coronavirus

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By Frank Schwab | Yahoo Sports

Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey, who authored one of the most famous moments in NFL history, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dempsey’s daughter, Ashley, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Ramon Antonio Vargas that her 73-year-old father tested positive. He caught it during an outbreak in the Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans, Vargas reported.

Dempsey’s symptoms are “relatively mild,” his daughter said. Dempsey is also battling battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Tom Dempsey made an iconic kick

For decades, Dempsey held the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal.

In 1970, he hit the field goal for the Saints to beat the Detroit Lions on the final play of the game. In the 50 years since that kick, five other kickers have also hit a 63-yard field goal, starting with Denver’s Jason Elam in 1998. In 2013, Broncos kicker Matt Prater hit a 64-yard field goal to finally beat Dempsey’s record. ...

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Transcript: Saints President Dennis Lauscha on the New Orleans Saints podcast presented by SeatGeek

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Dennis Lauscha on The Pelicans Podcast
March 30, 2020

On the health of his family and staff and how everyone is dealing with the virus:
Dennis Lauscha: My family and I are doing very well. We've been quarantined like everyone else. Both of my children are doing their school work at home and it has gone very, very well. I'm really excited to say that social distancing and allowing people to work remotely, I think, has been very good for us. The health of our staff is excellent to be perfectly honest with you. We still have obviously a long way to go and we have to continually be careful. But as we've been saying since the very beginning, our number one priority is being safe and making sure that we're doing everything we can for our employees and their families, and really for our fans and our entire community to take the necessary steps to be safe. Also, lead here in a way where we can show everyone – particularly New Orleans – that we can still lead, we can still do our job, but we can do it safely.

On the keys to managing two different franchises in two different leagues during these times:
Dennis Lauscha: Well, that's a great question. We have outstanding people that work here. We have outstanding employees. I would never say it's been easy. There's been some challenges. But, they certainly do make it easy. We're pretty much operating as though, where everyone was in the building, and we're full go. Obviously, some new challenges…challenges with Mickey (Loomis) and what he's doing in preparation in...

Weather, location helped drive WR Emmanuel Sanders to pick Saints over Packers

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By Zach Kruse | Packerswire

The weather and location of Green Bay were at least contributing factors to why veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders picked the New Orleans Saints over the Packers in free agency.

Sanders, who agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Saints, told Rich Eisen of “The Rich Eisen Show” that playing indoors in the south appealed more to him than playing in the cold up in Green Bay.

“It’s just Green Bay, that cold weather, Rich, I wasn’t trying to do it, man” Sanders said. “To be in a dome 12 games out of the year in a pass-heavy offense or go to Green Bay? I can’t do it. I’d rather go to New Orleans. I’m from the south. My grandma is six hours away, can come to all the games. I can have my family drive up. It’s just a perfect opportunity for me.” ...

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Saints' Drew Brees encounters rattlesnake on walk, draws reaction from startled coach

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By Ryan Gados | Fox News

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, like many Americans stuck inside their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak, has taken walks to alleviate some of the negatives from sitting at home all day.

While there are no would-be tacklers on Brees’ walks, the one-time Super Bowl champion posted Sunday he had to dodge a rattlesnake instead.

“The baby rattlesnakes were out today… Saw them on the late afternoon walk with the dogs,” he captioned on a picture posted to Instagram.


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Tom Dempsey still fighting, set on kicking latest opponent

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It has been an interesting life for Tom Dempsey.

From the start, Dempsey was up against it, born without fingers on his right hand and without toes.

Anyone who knows Tom knows that you would never, and I mean never say anything to him or about him being “challenged” or “handicapped.” He despised it.

That is Tom Dempsey, one of the most competitive, strong-willed and opinionated men I have ever known.

As a youngster, I sat at Tulane Stadium watching Tom kick for...
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Saints offseason overview: Tight ends

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METAIRIE – Jared Cook had the biggest impact among the free agents the New Orleans Saints signed last offseason.

He was the third-leading receiver on the team, catching 43 passes for 705 yards (16.4 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns (tying Michael Thomas for the team lead).

So the Saints starting tight end position is in very good hands, though the position could still be addressed in free agency or the draft to upgrade the depth. Behind Cook on the tight-end...
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After recovering from COVID-19, Sean Payton hopes his plasma can help others

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Although much is still unknown about treating those suffering from the new coronavirus, there’s promising research that people who have recovered from COVID-19 have developed antibodies that can be used in the treatment of others suffering from the disease. Saints coach Sean Payton hopes that means he can do something to help.

Payton, who had the disease and has now recovered, told Jarrett Bell of USA Today that he’s eager to see whether he can donate his plasma for...
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Saints president: Superdome renovation plans remain 'full speed ahead'

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The initial phase of the $450 million Mercedes Benz Superdome renovation project is continuing along on schedule despite the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down most of the city.

In an interview with the teams' in-house media, New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha said “there have been no alterations” to the renovation plan as of the time he sat down for the interview.

“It’s full speed ahead,” Lauscha said. “I know (ASM Global)...
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Sanders: Coming to Saints ‘a receiver’s dream’

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New Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders thought he might shuffle off to Buffalo, or head to the frozen tundra in Green Bay, or possibly even return to the San Francisco 49ers.

Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show Monday, Sanders said he had conversations with each of those teams before agreeing on a two-year deal with the Saints.

“I spoke with the Bills for a little bit,” Sanders said. “I said give me a night, and 30 minutes later, the Stefon Diggs deal went through...
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Famed Saints kicker Dempsey has coronavirus

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METAIRIE, La. -- Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey, who famously made a 63-yard field goal in 1970 despite being born without toes on his right kicking foot, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dempsey's daughter, Ashley, told about his diagnosis. Dempsey, 71, is also battling Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He is a resident at the Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans, which has been hit hard by the outbreak of the virus. More...
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How Vonn Bell’s departure impacts Saints’ draft needs

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The Saints reportedly offered Vonn Bell a deal hovering around $7.5 million per year, but before waiting for his response, they pulled the trigger and signed the recently released free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins to a deal averaging $8 million per year.

I’ve always loved Jenkins as a player and, even more, as a leader. Still, it stung letting go of a an ascending player who was 25 years old while choosing instead to pay more money to a 33 year old who is closer to...
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Saints coach Sean Payton draws out, shares and explains some of his favorite plays

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A Sunday-night tweet caught Sean Payton's eye, and resulted in the New Orleans Saints coach sharing a few of the favorite play calls in his playbook.

Bobby Peters, an assistant high school football coach in Illinois, asked his followers to share their favorite "all-purpose concepts" out of an empty offensive formation. Payton does not follow Peters on Twitter, but he came across the thread and responded with three of his own that he drew out on paper.

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Home school: Payton opens up Saints playbook

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METAIRIE, La. -- Sean Payton offered some isolation entertainment on Sunday night by sharing a handful of his favorite playcalls on Twitter.

Not only did the New Orleans Saints coach post drawings from his playbook, but he also explained the meaning of such terms as "Quizno" and "Lucy."

Payton said it started when he saw a request for people to post their favorite all-purpose concepts out of empty formations.

"I quickly drew (one) up on paper and took a picture of...
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Interview with new Saints DB Deatrick Nichols

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We had a chance to catch up with one of the New Orleans Saints newest additions in Deatrick Nichols who is coming off a stellar (albeit shortened) season with the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL.

Nichols ended the shortened season as the league’s leader in interceptions while also playing a great deal from the slot which is still a position with a penciled in question mark for the Saints. Let’s just right into the conversation:

Deuce: This will be your second run...
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Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey tests positive for COVID-19

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Tom Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand but nonetheless became a record-setting NFL kicker, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 73-year-old Dempsey, who is suffering from dementia, is one of several residents of a New Orleans senior living facility who have tested positive. His daughter says his symptoms have been relatively mild.

“His appetite has been good,” Ashley Dempsey told “He’s doing OK.”

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Sean Payton shares a little of Saints playbook on Twitter

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Saints head coach Sean Payton is feeling better after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but he remains quarantined at home like most Americans for the time being.

Like many of his fellow Americans, that’s meant he’s spending a fair amount of time on social media and that’s been beneficial to Twitter followers who are interested in the offensive playbook he’s put together for the Saints. Payton shared some plays and the meaning behind the terminology...
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Legendary Saints kicker Tom Dempsey tests positive for coronavirus during Lambeth House outbreak

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Tom Dempsey, the New Orleans Saints placekicker who set an NFL field goal record that stood for more than four decades, has contracted the novel coronavirus during the outbreak at the Lambeth House senior living center in Uptown New Orleans, his daughter said Monday.

Ashley Dempsey said her 73-year-old father — who is battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia — developed symptoms of the respiratory disease caused by the virus, COVID-19, late last week. He was tested...
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4 free agent wide receivers the Saints should consider immediately

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This year’s draft class at wide receiver is incredibly deep. As such, it has seemingly caused the free agency pool at wide receiver to move more slowly than other positions, as teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, seemingly opting to fill the need via the 2020 NFL Draft. On top of that, when players finally do find new homes, receivers are having to take surprisingly cheap, team-friendly deals.

While he’s no Michael Thomas, when former Green Bay Packers wide receiver...
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