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Inside the Game presented by Classic Auto Wash: Saints-Giants connections

Saints head coach Sean Payton served on the Giants staff from 1999-2002

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](https://www.facebook.com/ClassicAutoWashNola?fref=ts)New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton served on the Giants staff from 1999-2002, including handling offensive coordinator duties from 2000-02. His first season as coordinator in 2000, when the Giants captured the NFC title and went to Super Bowl XXXV, New York scored 328 points - the club's highest total since 1990-and finished 13th in the NFL in total offense...Giants Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo served in the same position in New Orleans in 2012...Saints Director of Coaching Administration Jason Mitchell is a Cresskill, New Jersey native who graduated from Rutgers and served on their football staff for seven years, including as Director of External Operations from 2005-07...New Orleans Coaching Assistant Brendan Nugent prepped at and coached at Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) High School...Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a New Orleans native who's the son of former University of Mississippi and Saints quarterback and Ring of Honor member Archie Manning, prepped at Isidore Newman (New Orleans, La.) High School and then starred at the Ole' Miss, where he became only the fifth quarterback in Southeastern Conference record books to throw for more than 10,000 career yards...New York wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also prepped at Newman and in three years at LSU, played in 40 games with 34 starts and recorded 143 receptions for 2,340 yards (16.4 avg.) and 12 touchdowns...Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas played for New Orleans from 2009-12, making the 53-man roster and contributing on special teams when the team captured Super Bowl XLIV...Saints wide receiver Marques Colston was a standout at Hofstra from 2001-05...New Orleans cornerback Kyle Wilson prepped at Piscataway (N.J.) High School...Saints running back Mark Ingram was born in Hackensack, N.J. Ingram's father Mark Ingram Sr., was a first round draft pick of the Giants in 1987 and played wide receiver for the Giants from 1987-92, including a Super Bowl XXV victory for which he played a prominent role...New Orleans Vice President of Football Administration Khai Harley graduated with a degree in accounting from Rutgers in 1998...Saints Area Scout Brendan Prophett was a four-year starter at wide receiver at the College of New Jersey...Giants safety Landon Collins is a New Orleans native who prepped at Geismar Dutchtown High School...New York running back Orleans Darkwa was a four-year letterman at Tulane from 2010-13, where he carried 63 times for 2,953 yards and 39 touchdowns and added 77 receptions for 595 yards. New Orleans linebacker Dannel Ellerbe, cornerback Sammy Seamster and Darkwa were teammates with the Miami Dolphins in 2014...New York Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo served as an Offensive Assistant/ Quality Control Coach in New Orleans in 2004...Saints tight endBenjamin Watson and New York Assistant Special Teams Coach Larry Izzo were teammates in New England in 2004. Watson and New York safety Brandon Meriweather were teammates with the Patriots from 200709...New York Strength and Conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri served as assistant strength and conditioning coach in New Orleans in 2003...New York Assistant Strength and Conditioning CoachMarkus Paul previously served in the same position with the Saints from 199899...Giants Assistant Offensive Line Coach Lunda Wells is a Baker native, who was a Louisiana Class 5A First-Team All-State offensive line selection at Baker High School, was a four-year starter at guard at Southern. He then played semi-pro football with the Louisiana Swashbucklers, later serving as a member of the LSU coaching staff  as an offensive line assistant from 2008-09 and as assistant special teams/assistant to the head coach in 2011...Giants tight endLarry Donnell played at Grambling State from 2008-11...New Orleans linebacker Kasim Edebali, Giants running backAndre Williams and linebacker Mark Herzlich were college teammates at Boston College...Saints safetyJamarca Sanford and Giants guardJohn Jerry are cousins and were college teammates at the University of Mississippi along with Giants cornerback Trumain McBride. Ellerbe played with Jerry in Miami in 2013...Giants linebackerDevon Kennard is the son of former Saints offensive lineman Derek Kennard (199193)...Giants punter Brad Wing played at LSU...Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle prepped at Bastrop High School and played at LSU from 2009-2011, picking up first-team All-SEC honors in 2011...Saints linebackerDavid Hawthorne and New York tackle Marshall Newhouse were college teammates at Texas Christian......McBride went to training camp with New Orleans in 2011 and prepped at Clarksdale High School. Saints quarterback Luke McCown, New York defensive end George Selvie, running back Rashad Jennings and McBride were teammates in Jacksonville...New Orleans quarterback Garrett Grayson and New York center Weston Richburg were college teammates at Colorado State...Saints center Max Unger, safetyJairus Byrd and Giants guard Geoff Schwartz were college teammates at the University of Oregon. Sanford, Schwartz, Giants linebacker Jasper Brinkley and Saints defensive tackle Kevin Williams were teammates in Minnesota...New Orleans tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, New York running back Shane Vereen and Casillas were teammates in New England from 2012-14. Vereen and Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan were college teammates at the University of California...New Orleans Senior Vice President of Sales Michael Stanfield prepped at Watchung Hills (N.J.) HS...Giants Secondary Coach/Cornerbacks Tim Walton served as defensive backs coach at LSU in 2003. Walton also tutored Saints safety Akeem Davis when he served as defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis in 2008. Davis, Forbath and Meriweather were teammates in Washington...New York wide receiver Myles Shite played at Louisiana Tech...New Orleans guard Mike McGlynn and Giants center Dallas Reynolds were teammates in Philadelphia...New York cornerback Trevin Wade spent part of the 2013 season with New Orleans and the first week of the 2014 campaign on the club's practice squad.

Photos taken at the Saints-Giants game on Nov. 28, 2011 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photos taken by Michael C. Hebert.

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