Payton cleared for Hall of Fame ceremony

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton celebrates after a replay reversed a referee's call in...

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton celebrates after a replay reversed a referee's call in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 24, 2010. (Reuters/JEFF HAYNES)

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton received permission to attend Saturday’s Hall of Fame ceremony that involves two players with affiliations with the organization.

Payton, suspended for the 2012 season and prohibited from having contact with the Saints until February 2013, will attend the ceremony Saturday night to witness offensive tackle Willie Roaf be enshrined.

Payton also wanted to be in Canton with defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy entering the Hall of Fame.

Payton and his son, Connor, are to be seated at Roaf’s table for the ceremony and are permitted to attend the reception and interact socially with current Saints players.

Kennedy worked for the Saints after spending his entire playing career with the Seahawks.

Roaf was a premier left tackle with the Saints from 1993-2001.

Commissioner Roger Goodell is already in Canton but said he had no plans to meet with the Saints. However, he said he’s open to a meeting if the team requests one.

After the ceremony, Payton is not allowed to visit the Saints or have contact with the team, which plays Sunday night in the Hall of Fame game against the Cardinals.


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