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.