Graham visits troops; Ryan at Mardi Gras

March, 5, 2014
Mar 5
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Members of the New Orleans Saints have been staying busy during their "down time" this offseason -- including tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Graham is spending the week visiting troops in the Middle East, along with Miami Dolphins kicker Brandon Fields and Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon. You can see photos from his trip here at NewOrleansSaints.com.

Said Graham: "This experience for me has truly been life-changing. The personal connection I've been able to make is something that will be with me forever. I grew up in a military home and this just makes me more of a patriot. I have more of an appreciation for the little things we have back home each and every day."

Meanwhile, Ryan served as the grand marshal of the Krewe of Argus’ Mardi Gras parade in Metairie on Tuesday. Ryan, who donned a Drew Brees jersey, braved the wet and windy conditions to enhance his reputation as a man of the people in New Orleans.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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