Thousands of Saints fans meet players at Edgewater Mall

By WLOX Staff

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If there's any indication of the Saints' popularity here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you just needed to see the crowds that jammed Edgewater Mall in Biloxi Tuesday evening.

Between 4,000 and 6,000 fans turned out to greet Saints players, some lining up as early as nine in the morning.

Running backs Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell and wide receivers Marques Colston, Robert Meachem and Lance Moore signed autographs for the enthusiastic crowd.

The 13 and 2 Saints travel to Carolina on Sunday and maybe Head Coach Sean Payton will decide to play his key starters for a few series and sit them out the rest of the game, to avoid possible injury.

The second season begins in three weeks when New Orleans will entertain a playoff game in the Superdome. Pierre Thomas said the Saints are ready to get back under the win column.

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