No sleep, all football: How Sean Payton got his foot in the NFL door thanks to Jon Gruden (1 Viewer)

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BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer

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There was beer and there was pizza and there was Sean Payton, and pulling the strings behind all of those elements was Jon Gruden.

It’s been 23 years since Rodney Peete shared a meeting room with the two coaches who will match wits Monday night in Las Vegas. He admits it makes him feel old to be reminded these details happened almost a quarter-century ago. But he remembers that year when he worked with Gruden and Payton, before they ever became Super Bowl-winning head coaches, when they were young and tireless and constantly thinking about that chip on their shoulder.

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