On the same day the New Orleans Saints will receive their championship rings, head coach Sean Payton kicked off the beginning of his promotional tour for his book, Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life.
The 295-page book is part autobiography though it largely centers on Payton’s four years in New Orleans and the team’s successful drive towards the Saints’ Super Bowl victory. Also covered are stories involving Payton’s friendship with country music star Kenny Chesney and the team’s literal burial of the 2006 “Cinderella” season.
In fact Payton said it was the loss in the NFC Championship Game in Chicago that helped inspire the title of the book, as the head coach surmised that the path to a Black and Gold Super Bowl would require the NFC title game being played in the Superdome.
Ellis Henican, a Fox News Channel political analyst and native New Orleanian, assisted with the project and was on hand for the book release event at Emeril’s.
Henican, a graduate of Jesuit High School, said a portion of the book’s proceeds would go to Payton’s “Play It Forward Foundation” charity and relief efforts related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Payton said the idea for writing a book first came to him between the team’s NFC Championship victory over the Minnesota Vikings and the Super Bowl. Though had the Saints fell short in the big game, the head coach said he might have gone forward with the book anyway.
The book had a first edition publishing run of 100,000 copies and will be available to the public on June 29th. It lists for $24.95.
The Saints head coach will have some competition hawking books from his starting quarterback as Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees also has a book coming out this summer.