Benson: Payton photo to motivate Saints

July, 31, 2012
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New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson doesn’t do a lot of media interviews. So, when he does one, it’s a pretty big deal.

Benson did a radio interview with WWL in New Orleans and talked about the Saints and the NBA’s Hornets, a team he recently acquired. We’ll leave the Hornets’ stuff for the NBA people and will cut right to what he had to say about the Saints.

The most significant thing Benson had to say was about the large photo of suspended coach Sean Payton (with the message, “Do your job’’) that recently was placed in the team’s indoor practice facility last week. Putting the photo there was Benson’s idea, according to assistant head coach Joe Vitt. Benson didn’t deny that at all.

In fact, he took it a step further and explained his logic behind having the photo put in place.

“This is going to be our motivation to get us in the Super Bowl in New Orleans,’’ Benson said.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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