Saints brace for crowd noise, bells and whistles of Jerry World

By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Saints defensive end Alex Okafor has played in AT&T Stadium twice.

The first time was in the Big XII championship game when he played at the University of Texas and the other was during his second NFL season with the Arizona Cardinals.

So Okafor knows all too well how distracting all the bells and whistles of the majestic stadium called Jerry World can be.

"You have to remember you're there for football," Okafor said. "It's a show. There's so much going on, so you have to go in there with a locked in mindset or you'll get caught up in the all the extra-curricular. It's definitely an experience like no other."

The Saints are 2-1 in the stadium, winning in 2010 and 2012 when it was called Cowboys Stadium and losing in 2014 in AT&T Stadium.

Saints cornerback Eli Apple has played several games in the stadium as a member of the New York Giants, who are in the same division as the Cowboys. He is also one of several Saints who won a national championship in the stadium. Apple, Vonn Bell, Michael Thomas, and Marshon Lattimore were on the Ohio State team that won a national championship there after the 2014 season. ...

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