Last weekend the NFL allowed former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to attend a St. Louis Rams game, a team in which he is technically still employed. Despite his indefinite ban from the NFL, the league allowed Williams to attend under one condition – that he went as a fan and had no contact with the team about football operations. Williams was invited to the game by a friend and received special permission by Roger Goodell to go to the game as strictly a fan.
Apparently, Goodell has a soft spot for those that ask permission to attend games as they are suspended.
Drew Brees has an opportunity to make history on Sunday by breaking a record set by Johnny Unitas of consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. The record is currently tied at 47, and Brees has a chance at breaking in against the San Diego Chargers, the team that let Brees walk after an injury – thinking his career was over.
Brees was given an opportunity by Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton, and he wants them at the game for the special occasion.
A statement released by the NFL said:
“Drew Brees requested permission for Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt to attend Sunday night’s game in which Drew will attempt to set the record of 48 straight games with a touchdown pass. Commissioner (Roger) Goodell has granted that permission,” the statement read. “Coaches Payton and Vitt and Mickey Loomis will be permitted to watch the game in a private area of the stadium and will have no contact with the team.”
It is unknown if Payton will attend the game. Before it was announced that he’d have permission, Payton told the Times-Picayune “I’ve kind of got a full plate here. A handful of people texted me that. Right now, I’ll be able to watch it, and shoot, just being able to watch it on TV is no different than being there in person. It’s just an honor to be connected to this.”
That was on Tuesday, Brees requested permission on Wednesday so Payton may be singing a different tune knowing that permission has been granted.
NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported that they Saints and the NFL are working together to get seating arrangements taken care of and it is unknown if the three will be seated together.