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New Orleans Saints vs Green Bay Packers: Connections

Player Connections

Green Bay GJosh Sitton prepped at Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy is a Gretna native who prepped at both Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) HS and Dutchtown (Geismar, La.) HS. Lacy served as Saints RB Mark Ingram's backup at Alabama in 2010. Ingram's father, Mark Ingram Sr. played for Green Bay in 1995.

Saints TE Jimmy Graham and Green Bay S Sam Shields were college teammates at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 2009.

New Orleans WR Nick Toon prepped at Middleton (Wisc.) HS and played at the University of Wisconsin. His father Al, a former University of Wisconsin star is a member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors. Nick Toon, Packers WR Jared Abbrederis and QB Scott Tolzien were college teammates with the Badgers. New Orleans OLB Parys Haralson and Tolzien were teammates with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-12.

Packers CB Tramon Williams is a Houma, La. native who prepped at Assumption (Napoleonville) HS attended Louisiana Tech.

Packers DT Khyri Thornton prepped at Bay (Panama City, Fla.) HS and then played at Southern Mississippi.

Saints LS Justin Drescher served as Green Bay K Mason Crosby's snapper in 2006 at Colorado and also played for the Buffaloes with Packers LB Brad Jones.

ILB Curtis Lofton and Green Bay College Scout Alonzo Dotson were college teammates at the University of Oklahoma from 2005-07.

Saints P Thomas Morstead and Green Bay S Chris Banjo were teammates at Southern Methodist University in 2008.

Green Bay DT Josh Boyd prepped at Philadelphia (Miss.) HS and starred at Mississippi State.

Green Bay DT Letroy Guion played with both Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley and CB Patrick Robinson at Florida State.

Saints WR Kenny Stills' father Ken, starred for Green Bay from 1985-89.

Packers QB Matt Flynn played at LSU.

Coaching Connections

Packers Offensive CoordinatorTom Clements served as quarterbacks coach with the Saints from 1997-99. Saints Asst. Head Coach/LinebackersJoe Vitt and Clements served on the same coaching staff with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000.

Vitt, 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. Vitt, McCarthy and Trgovac all served on the same Green Bay staff in 1999.

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 Tight Ends Coach Jerry Fontenot is a Lafayette HS graduate, who earned all-state honors twice in football, finishing as the state runner-up twice in the discus and winning a state championship in baseball, eventually returning to Louisiana in 1997 and serving as starting C for the Saints from 1997-2003, ending his career with the Black and Gold opening 100 regular season contests and two playoff games. Fontenot and Saints K Shayne Graham were teammates in Cincinnati in 2004. Graham and Green Bay LBJulius Peppers were teammates in Carolina in 2002.

Green Bay Running Backs Coach Sam Gash was a member of the Saints in the 2004 offseason.

Gash and Saints Assistant Special Teams Coach Stan Kwan served on the same coaching staff in Detroit from 2007-10.

Green Bay Secondary/Safeties Coach Darren Perry played for the Saints in 2000, serving as a starter the season the franchise won its first playoff game. Perry and New Orleans Director of Player DevelopmentFred McAfee were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994-98 as well as on New Orleans' 2000 NFC West Championship squad. McAfee and Packers Defensive/Special Teams Assistant Jason Simmons were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998.

Packers Assistant Special Teams Coach Ron Zook served as defensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2000-01 and coached Saints RB Pierre Thomas and DE Glenn Foster at the University of Illinois. Zook tutored both McAfee and Simmons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he served as special teams coordinator from 1995-98. Zook and Saints Defensive CoordinatorRob Ryan served on the same staff at Ohio State in 1988.

Saints Secondary Coach Wesley McGriff and Packers Pro Scout Glenn Cook served on the same staff at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 2010. McGriff tutored Green Bay CB Casey Hayward and S Sean Richardson in 2011, when he coached the Vanderbilt secondary.

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 Defensive Line CoachBill Johnson and Green Bay Special Teams Coordinator Shawn Slocum served on the same coaching staff at Texas A&M from 1992-99. Slocum served as Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers at the University of Mississippi in 2005, where he tutored New Orleans OLB Parys Haralson.

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 La-Crosse, Wisc.

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