Pierre Thomas celebrates Saints Hall of Fame induction on the Coast

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Pierre Thomas enjoyed a relaxing day of golf here on the Coast last week. as the former Saints standout connected with another part of the Who Dat Nation.

"It means a lot," Thomas told WLOX. "Like I said, (Saints fandom) is everywhere. They're supportive fans, they always have your back, when times are good or bad."

For Thomas, right now, times are good. Last week, the retired running back earned a spot in the Saints Hall of Fame, celebrating his induction with fellow Who Dat legends right here in South Mississippi.

"I'm just happy and I'm very grateful for all of this," Thomas said. "To be with a group of guys (like) these former Saints players, it's a wonderful group and I'm happy to be here."

It's a well-deserved honor for Thomas, who boasts the fourth-most rushing yards in Saints history, and of course, ran the screen pass to perfection. But fans may forget, before all of those highlights, the undrafted free agent once had to beat out the Saints' 2007 fourth round draft pick, Antonio Pittman, for a roster spot.

"I always say New Orleans fans got me on the team," Thomas said. "They pulled for me during my rookie year during the preseason. They wanted me over the guy the Saints drafted, and that means a lot to me. So I wanted to make sure I make them happy and make them glad and proud that they pulled for me. I didn't want to let the fans down."

From Super Bowl XLIV Champion to Shuckers' first pitch thrower, Thomas will go down as one of the biggest fan favorites to ever wear the Black and Gold, a fact not lost on the Saints Hall of Fame inductee.

"Me being a kid from the south side of Chicago, a lot of people put me down,' Thomas said. "Just staying focused and having faith in myself, believing in myself, and having my family there to help motivate me along with friends and everyone who's just been in my path through this journey - this here is a blessing."

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