How Sean Payton’s career was shaped by mentors Jon Gruden, Bill Parcells

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METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton can “remember it like it was yesterday.”

Christmas night, 2002, nine p.m. A cell phone get in touch with from Monthly bill Parcells, whom he experienced by no means achieved. It was maybe the most critical get in touch with of Payton’s coaching career.

“There was almost nothing definitive. He ‘might have a thing heading on,'” recalled Payton, who understood whole perfectly that it meant Parcells was coming out of retirement to come to be the subsequent head coach of the Dallas Cowboys considering that he experienced examine the stories of Parcells’ not-so-secret meeting with proprietor Jerry Jones at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

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