Photos of Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson's first 24 hours as a Saint
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton signed popular Saints fan Jarrius Robertson to a contract Tuesday during a live appearance on "Good Morning America." Payton, who appeared on the show along with quarterback Drew Brees and defensive end Cameron Jordan in a live remote from the team's indoor facility, told Jarrius he and his dad Jordy would travel to Kansas City on Saturday with the team ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
"So we're going to sign Jarrius today to a contract to become a New Orleans Saint," Payton said. "Today, right here, right there in New York. Right here. There you go. There you go. Sign it."
"You don't have to tell me twice," Jarrius quipped to host Robin Roberts as he signed the contract.
"Hey, he's got an assignment. It's significant," Payton said. "You, Jarrius, you and your father are coming with us, the Saints this weekend to Kansas City and you are going to be our social media correspondent, heck, we're going to put you in charge of all the media. You're just going to be in charge of the media."
In addition to the surprise from Coach Payton, GMA showcased Robertson's entertaining personality, his relationship with the Saints, and his battle with a chronic liver disease. Jarrius and his father used Jordy used the appearance to promote organ donation. Jarrius needs a new liver.
"Our motto is it takes lives to save lives," Jordy said. "Something me and Jarrius decided and started to reach people through social media, contacting them, word of mouth. Anything to get the word out that becoming an organ donor can help save a lot of people's lives. ... Throughout the whole ordeal, the New Orleans Saints have been there for us, they have been our inspiration, our backbone. They call and check up on him. They're our next home."
Robertson built a friendship with several Saints players and coaches after members of the team met him on a visit to Ochsner Hospital For Children.
Jarrius did a series of video interviews with Saints players durings OTAs.
Saints senior John DeShazier wrote about Robertson's connection to the team last December.