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New Orleans Saints vs San Francisco 49ers

Take a look at the connections between the Saints and 49ers before Sunday's matchup

Player Connections

New Orleans center Jonathan Goodwin played for San Francisco from 2011-13.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan played at Cal from 2007-10, where he was an All-Pac-10 Conference first-team selection as a senior.

New Orleans outside linebacker Parys Haralson played for the 49ers from 2006-12.

New Orleans defensive end Akiem Hicks prepped at Del Campo (Fair Oaks, Calif.) HS and played at Sacramento City College from 2007-08.

Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks was a four-start prospect coming out of Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.) HS, where he was a two-time Section Offensive Player of the Year, All-Area selection and team Most Valuable Player. He registered 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing with 1,525 all-purpose yards as a senior.

Saints fullback Erik Lorig played at Stanford from 2005-09. Lorig and 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson were teammates in Tampa Bay from 2009-11.

New Orleans tackle Bryce Harris prepped at Brookhaven Tulare HS and then played at Fresno State from 2008-11.

Saints tight end Benjamin Watson played for 49ers Tight Ends CoachEric Mangini when Mangini served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2010. Watson, Johnson and San Francisco kicker Phil Dawson were teammates in Cleveland.  

49ers defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey prepped at East Ascension (Gonzales) HS and starred at Louisiana State University from 2004-07, where he was a two-time first-team All-American.

San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis starred at the University of Mississippi from 2003-06.

San Francisco defensive back Tramaine Brock is a Gulfport (Miss.) native who played at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and at Belhaven University.

San Francisco safetyEric Reid is a Baton Rouge native who starred at Louisiana State University.

Saints guard Ben Grubbs and San Francisco wide receiverAnquan Boldin were teammates with the Baltimore Ravens from 2009-11. Grubbs was tutored by San Francisco Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman as a rookie in Baltimore in 2007.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and 49ers wide receiverKassim Osgood were teammates with the San Diego Chargers.

New Orleans inside linebacker Todd Davis prepped at Paraclete (Lancaster, Calif.) HS and played in 45 games at Sacramento State from 2010-13, where he finished ranked second in school history with 351 tackles.

Coaching Connections

Assistant Secondary CoachAndre Curtis tutored San Francisco safety Craig Dahl in St. Louis from 2009-11.

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was born in San Mateo, Calif.

49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was the Saints linebackers coach from 1986-94.

San Francisco Assistant Secondary Coach Greg Jackson played at Louisiana State University from 1985-88, played for the Saints in 1996, coached at Louisiana-Monroe from 2004-06 and at Tulane University from 2007-09.

Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan also served on Mangini's staff in Cleveland from 2009-10 with 49ers Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Brad Seely and served on the same coaching staff with Mangini and Seely with the New England Patriots from 2000-03.

San Francisco Wide Receivers coach John Morton served as the passing game coach/offensive assistant for the Saints in 2006. Morton and Ryan served on the same coaching staff in Oakland in 2004.

Saints Defensive Line Coach Bill Johnson and San Francisco Secondary Coach Ed Donatell both served on the same coaching staff in Atlanta in 2004.

Saints Head Athletic Trainer Scottie B. Patton served as an assistant athletic trainer for the 49ers for five years.

Saints Wide Receivers Coach Henry Ellard prepped at Hoover (Calif.) HS and then played near his hometown for Fresno State from 1979-82, where he set a then-NCAA record with 1,510 receiving yards (62 receptions, 24.4 avg. and 15 touchdowns) as a senior. Ellard served as a graduate assistant at Fresno State in 2000.

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