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Inside the Game: Saints vs Packers Connections

Saints Quarterbacks Coach Joe Lombardi is the grandson of legendary Green Bay Head Coach Vince Lombardi.


  • New Orleans LB A.J. Klein is an Appleton, Wis. native and prepped at Kimberly (Wis.) HS.
  • Packers G Jahri Evans was a fourth round draft pick of the Saints from 2006, starting 169 games at left guard for them from 2006-16 and being selected as an AP All-Pro four times and to the Pro Bowl six times. Evans is also a member of the club's All50th team.
  • Saints Quarterbacks Coach Joe Lombardi is the grandson of legendary Green Bay Head Coach Vince Lombardi.
  • Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and Packers Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac served on the same coaching staff in Philadelphia.
  • Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy served as offensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2000-04.
  • Green Bay Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers served as Defensive Backs Coach with the Saints from 1986-91.
  • Green Bay Asst. Head Coach/ Inside Linebackers Winston Moss also served on the Saints staff with McCarthy, coaching from 2000-05 in New Orleans.
  • Green Bay Safeties Coach Darren Perry played for New Orleans in 2000.
  • Green Bay Special Teams Coordinator Ron Zook served as defensive coordinator for the Saints from 2000-01.
  • Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui played for Zook when he served as head coach at the University of Illinois.
  • Perry and New Orleans Director of Player Development Fred McAfee were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994-98 as well as on New Orleans' 2000 NFC West Championship squad. McAfee and Packers Assistant Special Teams Coach Jason Simmons were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998.
  • Zook tutored both McAfee and Simmons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he served as special teams coordinator from 1995-98.
  • Saints Secondary Coach Aaron Glenn and Packers Tight Ends Coach Brian Angelichio served on the same staff at Cleveland from 201415.
  • New Orleans S Chris Banjo played for Green Bay from 2013-16.
  • Green Bay DT Ricky Jean Francois played at LSU and was a member of the school's 2007 National Championship team.
  • Saints DT Tyeler Davison and Packers WR Davante Adams were college teammates at Fresno State.
  • New Orleans DB Justin Hardee and Green Bay WR Geronimo Allison were college teammates at the University of Illinois.
  • Saints RB Mark Ingram Jr's father, Mark Ingram Sr. played for Green Bay in 1995.
  • Packers Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance Russ Ball spent six seasons (2002-07) with the Saints in their front office, the final two as Vice President of Football Administration and the first four as Senior Football Administrator.
  • Packers Offensive Line Coach James Campen originally signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 1986 and played with the club from 1987-88. Campen also attended Tulane, where he was a two-year starter.
  • New Orleans QB Taysom Hill went to training camp with the Packers in 2017.
  • Green Bay QB Joe Callahan had a stint on the New Orleans roster in 2016.
  • Saints T Ryan Ramczyk is a Stevens Point native who played at Wisconsin Stevens-Point and then Wisconsin in 2016, where he was a first-team All-American.
  • New Orleans CB Ken Crawley and Packers T Bakhtiari were college teammates at Colorado.
  • Packers S Kentrell Brice prepped at Ruston HS and then played at Louisiana Tech.
  • Saints G Larry Warford and Green Bay WR Randall Cobb were college teammates at Kentucky.
  • Green Bay Director of College Scouting Brian Gutekunst received his first NFL experience in the summer of 1995 when he assisted the Saints coaching staff with the offensive line during training camp in LaCrosse, Wisc. Ingram and Green Bay DT Quinton Dial were college teammates at the University of Alabama in 2010.
  • Saints K Wil Lutz and Green Bay T Ulrick John were teammates at Georgia State University.
  • New Orleans S Vonn Bell, CB Marshon Lattimore and WR Michael Thomas were college teammates with Green Bay C Corey Linsley at Ohio State.
  • Green Bay DT Josh Boyd prepped at Philadelphia (Miss.) HS and starred at Mississippi State.
  • New Orleans LB Hau'oli Kikaha and Green Bay CB Kevin King were teammates at Washington.
  • Saints WR Austin Carr and Packers DE Dean Lowry were college teammates at Northwestern.
  • Saints T/G Andrus Peat and Packers LB Blake Martinez were college teammates at Stanford.
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