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The New Orleans Saints welcomed a particular customer to follow over the weekend: A 108-year-old World War II veteran.

New Orleans native Lawrence Brooks, who celebrated his 108th birthday in September, met with the crew on Saturday, earlier than Sunday’s Military Appreciation Day on the Superdome.

Brooks, who was born in 1909, shook arms with quarterback Drew Brees, and coach Sean Payton introduced him with a personalised jersey. The quantity on the again? No. 108.

“What is amazing is his health,” Payton mentioned in a press convention after Sunday’s 30-10 win in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It was a great visit Saturday. … This one was special.”

The @Saints had a particular inspirational speaker yesterday forward of @TBBuccaneers faceoff: 108-yr-old WWII vet Lawrence Brooks. #TBvsNOpic.twitter.com/Fm3SEopAK7

— Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504) November 5, 2017

Payton informed reporters that Brooks shared tales with particular person gamers and addressed the crew. 

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In interviews with The Times-Picayune, Saints gamers mentioned they appreciated Brooks’ perspective.

“I just think anytime any of us — we’re in a little bit of a bubble as an NFL player, sometimes — it gives you a little bit of perspective to meet somebody that has gone through some things that none of us can really imagine,” punter Thomas Morstead mentioned.

Brooks was a personal within the 91st Engineer Battalion, which was stationed principally in New Guinea and the Philippines, in line with an earlier Times-Picayune report.

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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