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New Orleans Saints vs Philadelphia Eagles connections

Take a look at the connections between the Saints and the Eagles before Saturday's playoff game


Player Connections

*Saints OLB Junior Galetteplayed at Temple from 2006-08, posting 7.5 sacks as a junior in 2008 and earning second-team All-MAC plaudits.

*Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkleywas a first round draft pick of the Eagles in 2006 and played in Philadelphia for his first five NFL seasons.

*Saints wide receiver Marques Colsonprepped at Susquehanna Township (Pa.) High School, where he lettered four times in football and was a three-year member of the track team.

*New Orleans guard Jahri Evansprepped at Frankford (Philadelphia) High School and then played at Bloomsburg from 2001-05.

*New Orleans fullback Jed Collinswas originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2008 and spent part of his rookie season on the club's practice squad.

*Saints safety Malcolm Jenkinsprepped at Piscataway (N.J.) HS, where he led the team to three consecutive state titles playing wide receiver and defensive back. Jenkins and Eagles safety Kurt Colemanpatrolled the same secondary at Ohio State.

*New Orleans defensive end Tom Johnsonplayed for the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul in 2008.

*Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Loganprepped at Red River (Coushatta) High School and starred at Louisiana State University.

*Saints running back Mark Ingramand Eagles defensive tackle Damion Squarewere college teammates at the University of Alabama. Ingram's father Mark Ingram Sr., played for the Eagles in his final NFL season in 1996.

*New Orleans nose tackle John Jenkinsand Philadelphia cornerback Brandon Boykinwere college teammates at the University of Georgia.

*Both Saints quarterback Drew Breesand Philadelphia quarterback Nick Folesare graduates of Westlake (Austin, TX) High School, with Foles breaking school career records for passing yards and passing touchdowns, previously held by Brees.

*Brees, running back Darren Sprolesand Eagles assistant tight ends coach Justin Peellewere teammates in San Diego.

*New Orleans inside linebacker Curtis Loftonand Peelle were teammates in Atlanta from 2008-10.

*Saints center Brian de la Puenteand defensive end Cameron Jordanboth played with Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jacksonat the University of California.

*Jordan and Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendrickswere later teammates on the starting defense of the Golden Bears from 2008-10.

*Saints defensive end Tyrunn Walkerand Eagles wide receiver Damaris Johnsonwere college teammates at Tulsa. Johnson starred at Destrehan High School, where he was MVP of the state title game and a three-year starter, as well as a standout in baseball and basketball.

*Saints safety Roman Harper, Eagles guard Evan Mathisand linebacker DeMeco Ryanswere college teammates at the University of Alabama.

*Saints tackle Charles Brownand Eagles quarterback Matt Barkleywere college teammates at  USC.

*New Orleans kicker Shayne Graham, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end James Caseyand punter Donnie Joneswere teammates with the Houston Texans in 2012. Jones prepped at Catholic (Baton Rouge) HS and played at Louisiana State.Graham and Eagles quarterback Michael Vickwere college teammates at Virginia Tech.

*Saints tight end Benjamin Watsonand Eagles safety Patrick Chungwere teammates in New England in 2009. Graham and Chung were teammates with the Patriots in 2011.

*Saints wide receiver Kenny Stillsand Eagles tackle Lane Johnsonwere college teammates at the University of Oklahoma.

!Coaching Connections

*Saints assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vittis a Blackwood, N.J. native who served as linebackers coach for the Eagles from 1995-98. Vitt tutored Eagles assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyghtwith the Los Angeles Rams from 1992-94.

*New Orleans Defensive assistant/linebackers Brian Youngand Lyght were teammates with the St. Louis Rams in 2000.

*Saints head coach Sean Paytonserved on the Eagles coaching staff from 1997-98 as their  quarterbacks coach.

*New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryanis the son of former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan, who led Philadelphia from 1986-90, compiling a 43-35-1 record, taking them to the postseason his final three campaigns.

*Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardiserved as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mercyhurst College from 2002-05. He tutored the defensive line and served as strength and conditioning coordinator at Bucknell in 2000.

*Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichaeland Eagles head coach Chip Kellyserved on the same staff at the University of New Hampshire in 1994 with Carmichael helping tutor the offensive line and Kelly coaching running backs.

*Saints wide receivers coach Henry Ellardtutored Eagles wide receiver Brad Smithwith the New York Jets from 2009-10.

*Philadelphia defensive coordinator Bill Davisserved on the Atlanta Falcons staff from 2001-03 with Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson.

New Orleans tight ends coach Terry Maloneand Philadelphia outside linebackers coach Bill McGovernwere teammates at Holy Cross and later served on the same staff at Boston College in 1996 along with Philadelphia assistant head coach/defensive line Jerry Annizaro.Malone tutored Philadelphia WRJason Avant *when he served as offensive coordinator at Michigan.

*Philadelphia inside linebackers coach Rick Mintertutored the defensive ends at Louisiana Tech in 1979.

*Saints secondary coach Wesley McGriffand Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutlandserved on the same coaching staff at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 2007-10.

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