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Sean Payton faced unique pressure to pick up Mark Ingram

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Most Saints fans were excited when the team drafted Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan in the first round.  Connor Payton, the head coach’s son, is not your average fan.

In one of the more random Youtube clips we’ve seen in a while, Sean Payton explains backstage at a “Molly Ringwalds” concert how his son was set on Ingram.

“Boooooo,” Connor texted in response to the news Jordan was selected.   Payton explained to his son that Jordan fell further in the draft than they expected.

“Dad, he’s not a Heisman Trophy winner!” Connor pointed out when the two spoke.

Apparently, Connor told his friends the Saints were set on taking Ingram.   Now he was going to get embarrassed at school.  When the Saints wound up trading for Ingram four picks later, the kid started running around the house with excitement.

We wonder how Connor feels about Reggie Bush.

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35 Responses to “Sean Payton faced unique pressure to pick up Mark Ingram”
  1. trbowman says: May 16, 2011 4:25 PM

    Behind that line, anyone could be an 1,000 yard rusher. Chris Ivory averaged 5.4 YPC. I didn’t like the draft pick and don’t get why everyone else is oozing over it.

    Moreover, Ingram is overrated. Leshoure > Ingram

  2. innerlign says: May 16, 2011 4:25 PM

    Sean Payton is the man!

  3. granadafan says: May 16, 2011 4:27 PM

    Young Payton will learn one day that Heisman Trophy winners are usually frauds and only won, not because they were the best player, but because it’s a popularity contest.

  4. texaskyou says: May 16, 2011 4:28 PM

    Greatest Dad Ever?

  5. marvsleezy says: May 16, 2011 4:30 PM

    So his son is 10 right?

  6. diehardsaintsfan says: May 16, 2011 4:30 PM

    Not only is Sean Payton a great coach……he also has great taste in 80’s Cover Bands! Who Dat!

  7. thememosanchez says: May 16, 2011 4:30 PM

    Wow. Didn’t think Payton would do such a video.

  8. skoobyfl says: May 16, 2011 4:31 PM

    The Hesiman is normally the last trophy that football players hold up that mean anything.

  9. dannomac21 says: May 16, 2011 4:37 PM

    Am I the only one that’s perception of Payton has changed after reading this? Your son? Really?

  10. tfbuckfutter says: May 16, 2011 4:38 PM

    That sounds like Brad Childress’ approach to the draft.

  11. Land Snark says: May 16, 2011 4:38 PM

    Good to see that running the Saints is a family affair.

  12. stairwayto7 says: May 16, 2011 4:41 PM

    When did Dee Snider join Molly Ringwalds????

  13. mmeta says: May 16, 2011 4:45 PM

    trbowman, how many Superbowl rings do you have?

  14. ilovefoolsball says: May 16, 2011 4:45 PM

    Cute story.

  15. touchdownroddywhite says: May 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    Wow, what a great reason to trade back up into the first and draft at a position where you seemingly have a work horse already.

    Can’t wait to see how this works out in an NFC South that’s on the rise.

  16. Southpaw says: May 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    Heisman Trophy don’t mean jack in the NFL. His son sounds like spoiled brat – he goes around gloating inside info at school, gets his panties in a bunch about being embarrassed about running his mouth, and then squeals when he gets his way? Give me a break.

  17. redstar504 says: May 16, 2011 4:55 PM

    I do love me some Payton

  18. mrlynch33 says: May 16, 2011 5:00 PM

    Agree with the popularity contest quote…you know, if the saints wanna throw away a draft pick that they traded up for so Sean Payton’s son is happy that’s cool with me…..I’m a 49ers fan :)

  19. Slackmo says: May 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    I had suspected that Saints’ draft strategy this year was run by a 10-year-old kid, now we know who.

  20. ruggerlad says: May 16, 2011 5:11 PM

    Connor – great name – Payton’s favourite Saint is Devry Henderson. Is this why Robert Meachem doesn’t get as many balls thrown to him as he should?

  21. ruggerlad says: May 16, 2011 5:13 PM

    I also thought LeShoure was the best RB in the draft (I’m a phins fan who was hoping we’d land LeShoure but Daniels looks good too.

  22. jaggedmark says: May 16, 2011 5:21 PM

    At least he didn’t use a dart board with 1000 player names on it, you know, like Matt Millen and his coaches did.

  23. brasho says: May 16, 2011 5:23 PM

    Connor knew what was up. The Saints lost one Heisman Trophy (because the NCAA took it back) and needed to pick up another. Hopefully, for Ingram, his isn’t stripped away like Reggie Bust’s.

  24. whatswiththehate says: May 16, 2011 5:46 PM

    “We wonder how Connor feels about Reggie Bush.’

    I’m sure he’s fine with Regge Bush since these players are like toys to this kid. How old is he?

  25. captainwisdom8888 says: May 16, 2011 6:09 PM

    I’m sure the majority of 10 year olds out there aren’t interested in drafting anything other than QBs, RBs, and WRs…

  26. prmpft says: May 16, 2011 6:14 PM

    …SHUT UP CONNOR! – AND CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM (S)!!!

  27. schmitty2 says: May 16, 2011 6:32 PM

    Connor might be the secret offensive coordinator for all we know

  28. hobartbaker says: May 16, 2011 6:33 PM

    The “Molly Ringwalds” followed up an uneven opening set by the “Drug Addled Peytons”, a local group.

  29. 504in860 says: May 16, 2011 6:50 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    May 16, 2011 4:53 PM
    Wow, what a great reason to trade back up into the first and draft at a position where you seemingly have a work horse already.

    Can’t wait to see how this works out in an NFC South that’s on the rise.
    ————————————————

    Who conducted the Falcons draft, Helen Keller?

  30. fin72 says: May 16, 2011 6:53 PM

    I think Connor is 22 years old.

  31. qj1984 says: May 16, 2011 6:56 PM

    @Southpaw

    Oh, come on. Give the kid a break. Can you honestly say that if your dad was a Superbowl winning head coach, you wouldnt do the same thing as a kid. Hell I am 27 years old and if my dad was an NFL head coach. I WOULD do the same thing. Well, everything except the hollering. I’d be up in every bar bragging about how my dad is an NFL head coach and spewing my opinion as fact like I have inside knowledge of whats happening with my dads team. Its fun.

  32. Deb says: May 16, 2011 6:56 PM

    Good grief, some of you are such prick-ly people! Do you walk around all day sucking lemons on a stick? It was a funny, endearing story, but it sounds like he’d already told his son he’d probably take Ingram, then things shifted when Jordan fell. They saw a chance to get both and took it and he had some fun with his kid. I don’t think the Saints were actually making their personnel decisions based on the wants of a 10-year-old.

    @trbowman …

    Mark Ingram played with tremendous heart at Alabama. He worked hard as a student, earning his degree in three years. He worked hard rehabbing from his knee surgery. He worked hard to play through injuries, to support his teammates, and to be an asset to the team and the community. Most Saints fans will probably enjoy having someone who does his job without playing prima donna. One of the many nice things about Mark is that he’s not the type to let ignorant goons bother him.

    The Tide rolls with you, Mark!

  33. tfbuckfutter says: May 16, 2011 8:21 PM

    “jaggedmark says: May 16, 2011 5:21 PM
    At least he didn’t use a dart board with 1000 player names on it, you know, like Matt Millen and his coaches did.”

    Matt Millen deserves a lot more credit than you give him.

    Do you even realize how much work goes into coming up with 1,000 Wide Receivers to pin to that board every year?

  34. andrejohnsonforpresident says: May 16, 2011 8:34 PM

    It’s cool to see how a head fotball coach can be so chill and have fun like that. You get so used to seeing most of them be so serious. Sean seemed like just another guy

  35. goawayeverybody says: May 23, 2011 8:26 PM

    A lot of people seem to be misunderstanding this. Sean Payton had probably already told Connor the Saints were targeting Mark Ingram. But when Cam Jordan fell in their lap, they knew they had to take him. So they ended up getting both due to trading.

    Does anyone here honestly believe that Sean Payton put the fate of a professional sports team in the hands of a 10 year old boy?

    Grow up.

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