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Payton's books highlights Saints' bond with fans

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sean Payton says he hopes readers of his new book come away feeling like they spent a few hours chatting with him in an airport bar during a flight delay.

The Super Bowl winning coach's first book, "Home Team," is due out on June 29.

Payton says the book is about the unusual relationship the New Orleans Saints have always had with their fans, and how the bond between them has strengthened since Hurricane Katrina.

Payton says the book gave him a chance to "come clean" concerning his initial reservations about taking over a losing team in a city that only months earlier had been ravaged by disaster. He says he later realized that being part of the rebuilding provided a sense of purpose he could not have gotten elsewhere.

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