METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The first brick road in the world was built in West Virginia back in 1870. Summers Street, between Kanawha and Virginia streets on October 23.
It is a great place for the Saints to start their journey to what they hope will be a parade of champions route.
Saints training camp kicks off next week in the Mountain State, so fans would think the players would be hitting the beach one last time, but that was not the case in Kenner on Thursday. Curtis Lofton, Akiem Hicks, and Glenn Foster were at the Duke Academy getting tuned up for the grind in front of them.
For me and a lot of guys this is the time, because it's right before the season. Training camp is what five days away now," Lofton said. "You want to go to training camp in as best shape as you can, have your body feeling great. That's what Akiem and foster try to do. What's really good about working out with these guys, we push each other, hold each other accountable. We're excited about camp."
When the Saints do convene in West Virginia next week, it will be a full roster thanks to the Jimmy Graham signing on Monday.
Everybody who knows this business knew it was going to get done. I'm excited for Jimmy. He's a great player, he's one of the top players in this league," Lofton said. "He got what he deserved. I'm glad he's coming back. We don't have that distraction, it's all about balling, can't wait to get back to it."
It has been six months since the Saints lost to the Seahawks in the playoffs. Players say the memories still stick with them today.
"They say you have to have a short memory, right? Games like that, they really never leave. Every time I see a highlight or a play that I remember, I just have a flashback of the entire season," Hicks said. "The part of the season where you don't reach the goals that you want, or that you fail, you remember those. Those make you stronger."