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New Orleans Saints reward Team Louisiana, 2014 Special Olympic flag football champions, on "Today"

Rita Benson LeBlanc and Sean Payton helped honor the team on the "Today" show Friday morning

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In Friday's “Together We Make Football” segment on TODAY, the New Orleans Saints rewarded Team Louisiana, the 2014 Special Olympic Flag Football Champions, with tickets and pregame passes to Sunday's Saints-Packers game.

Sean Payton announced the reward in a video message while Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc was with the team when they watched the message at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Team Louisiana was the gold medal-winning flag football team in the first-ever Unified Flag Football event at The Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in Newark, New Jersey. After receiving their medals, the squad returned to Louisiana where the Saints and Payton recognized them for their accomplishment in a special visit to the team's practice facility.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers travel to New Orleans this Sunday to face Brees and the Saints on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.


NBC Sports teams with TODAY to present weekly "Together We Make Football" segments, telling the most compelling stories of football fans, players, teams and families across the country. The segments air on TODAY each Friday during the NFL season and feature a profile vignette produced by NFL Films narrated by NBC Sports Group's Josh Elliott.

The National Football League's "Together We Make Football" campaign invites anyone who has been touched by the game of football – whether as a player at any level, a fan, a group, a team or a community – to share a story of why they love the game. Select "Together We Make Football" stories will be featured on NBC's Football Night in America studio show.

Visit the digital community to view the stories of those who have entered the contest to win a trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. At the end of the season, NFL Films will produce a "Together We Make Football" special which will air on NBC on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015.

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