(NEW ORLEANS, LA) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees personally asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell if the suspended Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, and Joe Vitt can be permitted to attend Sunday night’s game.
His email request was granted, and the suspended coaches and general manager will be in attendance at the Superdome, Brees found out through media reports.
If Brees throws a touchdown pass Sunday night for the 48th consecutive game, Brees can break Johnny Unitas’ NFL record.
Brees will also achieve that milestone against the team that drafted him, the San Diego Chargers.
Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal. Loomis was banned for the first eight games, and Vitt received a six-game ban.
“I am excited for our team and for them,” Brees said in a text message. “It adds another element to what we hope to be a very special night.”
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