Saints morning report: No white flags

November, 27, 2013
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As expected, the NFL Network’s “A Football Life” special on former New Orleans Saints special teamer Steve Gleason was outstanding. If you missed it, it will air again Wednesday at 3 p.m. central time. Or you can see many of the segments here on the Saints’ website.

Whether or not you’re familiar with Gleason’s story, I’d encourage anyone to check it out. Even though this was the fourth time I had seen the footage from Team Gleason’s epic trek to Machu Picchu, I still got that same lump in my throat during the scene where Steve got to meet one of the many people inspired by his mission in the unlikeliest of places.

It’s impossible not to be moved by the way Gleason and those around him have taken his ALS diagnosis and turned it into a mission to inspire and improve the lives of others. It’s a heartbreaking story and an uplifting one. And it has been great to see outlets like the NFL Network, ESPN and Sports Illustrated, among others, shine a spotlight on incredible human beings like Steve, his wife Michel and others close to them.

The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan, who has always done a terrific job of chronicling Gleason’s story, wrote about one of the latest ways Team Gleason’s work has continued to spread across the country.

Schedule reminder: Saints players will be off today as they push everything back a day this week leading up to their “Monday Night Football” game at the Seattle Seahawks. The first media access and injury report will come Thursday.

Schedule rarity: The top two teams in both the NFC and AFC will face off this weekend, with the Seahawks (10-1) hosting the Saints (9-2) and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) hosting the Denver Broncos (9-2) on Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is only the third time that has happened at least 10 weeks into the season since the 1970 merger.

In Week 16 of the 2008 season, the Tennessee Titans (12-2) beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3), 31-14, in Tennessee; and the New York Giants (11-3) beat the Carolina Panthers (11-3), 34-28, at Giants Stadium. In Week 15 of the 1979 season, the Houston Oilers (10-4) topped the Steelers (11-3) in Houston, 20-17; and the Dallas Cowboys (9-5) beat the Philadelphia Eagles (10-4), 24-17, in Philadelphia.

Worth a click:
  • Saints guard Ben Grubbs’ foundation teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to give out 500 turkeys to local families in need.
  • WWLTV.com’s Bradley Handwerger wrote this feature on fullback Jed Collins -- who considers himself more artist than assassin. Collins deserves the pub. He’s stood out repeatedly in my recent film studies. He has definitely been a big part of the Saints’ resurgent run game.
  • The Times-Picyaune’s Larry Holder credited another guy who has done that -- running back Pierre Thomas -- at the top of his weekly film study.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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