FORT JACKSON, La. -- A Who Dat Nation weary from the worst-ever U.S. oil spill set aside its misery for a few hours to schmooze with the Super Bowl-champion New Orleans Saints.
Saints owner Tom Benson, coach Sean Payton and players greeted a crowd Tuesday at Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish.
The team also announced that it is raffle off a Super Bowl ring, with proceeds from the $2 tickets going to the recovery effort. Buyers must make a minimum $10 order and the winner of the raffle will be announced at the team's season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 9.
Fort Jackson has been a staging area for cleaning birds rescued from the oil flowing from BP's well in the Gulf of Mexico.
In oppressive heat, a jazz band played while Payton and star quarterback Drew Brees signed autographs.
Benson and others were to have lunch with Gov. Bobby Jindal and area fishermen. A news conference was planned later.
"Just like the Saints overcame the odds, Louisiana is going to win this battle to save our coast," Jindal said, according to the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.