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Saints organization previews game-day presentations

New Orleans, La. - In advance of tomorrow's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, the Saints organization sent the following news release:

The New Orleans Saints will host the Atlanta Falcons in their season opener on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 12:00 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Champions Square will feature Karma during Sunday's pre-game festivities and the LSU Tiger Marching Band will perform at halftime of the game. Fans will receive a 2013 Saints schedule magnet courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

NFL Bag Policy: To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Saints announced an NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium. Fans can go to for more information.

Special Pre-Game Presentations: Prior to the game, the Saints will have a special presentation for Jerry Romig who recently retired after serving as the team's PA announcer for 44 years. The team will also recognize former Saint Steve Gleason as his foundation, Team Gleason, will be the Saints Charity Spotlight for Sunday's game. With the participation of over 5,000 fans in the Back to Football Run presented by Chevron on Aug. 31, the Saints will make a donation on behalf of Saints fans to Team Gleason during the pre-game presentation.  Sunday's pre-game festivities will also include a special thank you to Saints fans for achieving the eighth-consecutive season-ticket sellout in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints Charity Spotlight: On September 25, 2006, Steve Gleason was responsible for one of the most dramatic moments in Saints history, when he blocked a punt in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons, which was recovered in the Falcons' end zone for a touchdown. It was the first score in the Saints' first home game in nearly 21 months, during which time Hurricane Katrina had devastated the city. That year, he won the "Special Teams Player of the Year" award for the Saints. In January 2011, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Today, Steve and his foundation, Team Gleason, are deeply committed to helping people with ALS live productive, inspired lives by providing access to life-affirming events and assistive technology until a cure is found. The Gleason Initiative Foundation works to also raise public awareness toward ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries. For more information about Team Gleason, visit

National Anthem: Sunday's National Anthem will be performed by local recording artist Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. On Sept. 10, he will release his third album Say That To Say This. Andrews' previous projects include 2010′s Grammy-nominated Backatown and his sophomore effort, For True, which spent 12 weeks at the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart. Since For True‘s release in 2011, Andrews has played on recent recordings by an eclectic assortment of artists ranging from Zac Brown to Eric Clapton to Rod Stewart and Cee Lo Green, while taking the time to initiate a mentoring program at Tulane University through his Trombone Shorty Foundation. Andrews was featured in a recurring role on the hit HBO series Treme and, in 2013, the band was also chosen to play the closing set at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But for Andrews, the highlight of his career was performing at The White House in February 2012 with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T. Jones, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and Gary Clark Jr.

Honorees: Ochsner and the Saints will recognize Barry Foulon, an Ochsner Vascular Neurology patient. In January, Foulon, a professional musician, woke in the middle of the night with leg weakness and had trouble walking.  On the way to Ochsner, Foulon developed slurred speech and tongue heaviness.  Within two hours of feeling the first symptoms of a stroke, Barry was receiving brain-saving clot-busting treatment. because he sought help quickly, Barry was home two days later. Foulon has had no recurrence of his symptoms and is back to playing the banjo thanks to Ochsner's Innovative Stroke Mobile program.

Chevron and the Saints will continue to show their commitment to education by recognizing Teacher of the Week Emily Miller. A New Orleans native, Miller is in her 13th year of teaching since earning her Bachelor's degree in elementary education from LSU. She has also received national board certification in early adolescence science. Miller is both the assistant principal and an eighth grade science teacher at L.W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies in Gretna. Miller remains vigilant in teaching her students how to apply the basic concepts of science and encourages them to be investigative thinkers. She is also a part of the school's leadership team and facilitates various professional workshops for her colleagues.

The Saints will honor Peoples Health Champion James Fitzmorris, Jr. at Sunday's game. On October 8, 201, at the age of 91, Jimmy Fitzmorris inspired an assembly of New Orleans area students to embrace success and defy limitations, challenging them to find the positive potential within every situation they might face. Ever devoted to fostering Louisiana excellence and pride, Fitzmorris' speech earned a standing ovation and culminated an extraordinary decade of practicing what he preaches. This is important because Jimmy Fitzmorris has been such an example of leadership during his entire career. And now he's passing that onto a future generation of leaders.


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