Saturday, August 4, 2012
HOF12: Saints players feeling the heat
By Mike Sando
CANTON, Ohio -- New Orleans Saints players, in town to play the Arizona Cardinals in an exhibition game Sunday, are filling the final four rows across two sections at Fawcett Stadium.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.
Each Saints player is wearing a black T-shirt with Willie Roaf's No. 77 on the back, a show of support for one of the greatest players in Saints history.
Saints players are seated in direct sunlight on a hot, muggy evening. They've got at least three coolers filled with drinks. Some are using programs to shield their faces from the sun. The Cardinals are presumably relaxing in an air-conditioned hotel.
Neither team's starters will play extensively, this being the exhibition opener for both.
Update: The Cardinals' Daryn Colledge says via Twitter that the Cardinals have recently landed in Canton, meaning they're not yet cooling at their hotel.