posted February 3rd, 2010 at 5:19 am
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The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a great, detailed article on Jimmy and his history with the New Orleans Saints: “Jimmy Buffett bleeds black and gold for the Super Bowl-bound New Orleans Saints”
In 1967, the then-unknown, 20-year-old singer-songwriter took a break from Bourbon Street to attend the Saints franchise’s first regular season game in Tulane Stadium.
Nearly 43 years later, Buffett, now a multifaceted, multi-millionaire entertainer/ entrepreneur, piloted his own Falcon 900 jet from an island in the South Pacific to New Orleans for the NFC Championship Game.
In between was “43 years of Lent,” Buffett said this week. “But once I went to that first game, they were my team for life.”
His celebrity – and the fact that Saints coach Sean Payton is a fan — affords Buffett opportunities not available to the average Who Dat. He celebrated the Saints’ Jan. 24 victory over the Vikings in the locker room.
With Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIV set in south Florida, just up U.S. Route 1 from Buffett’s spiritual home in Key West, his Saints fever is spiking.
“People don’t understand what that NFC championship game meant,” he said. “It was an incredible football game, an incredible battle. But it was also a renaissance, a rebirth from horrible years of suffering through being a Saints fan, to surviving a hurricane.”
To Buffett, the win reinforced that “there’s something on the other side.”
Be sure to read the full article here.
Here’s video of the Saints locker room after the NFC Championship game. You can see Buffett in the video:
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