Sunday, January 07, 2007

Payton gets well-deserved honor.

"It's just been the right mix of guys who believe in each other," said Payton, who ran away in the balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

"Players putting the team ahead of everything else. I think that's the biggest thing that we've been able to do to date. That's what's most important. That's what we were looking for in the offseason: character, toughness, those are things you win with."

He deserves his honor, and more. Ending nearly the 40 year old losing attitude of the Saints returns pride to this much-maligned state and sets a great example of how even entrenched old habits and failures can be redeemed. Just what Louisiana needs more of --- great leadership.

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