New Orleans Saints Practice On Idaho Potato Field?

Published online: Sep 01, 2005 Saints
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The New Orleans Saints of the National Football league are a team without a home after hurricane Katrina left two holes in the SuperDome's roof and the field and facility in shambles after it was used as a refugee center.
But practice on an Idaho potato field? As one of the team's top players, wide receiver Joe Horn said from the Saints' temporary practice facility at San Jose State Univeristy in San Jose, CA, before tonight's game with Oakland, the team will be ready for its opener.

"We have to be focused and ready no matter where we stay or wherever we practice," Horn was quoted. "If we go to Idaho and practice on a potato field, we're going to beat the Carolina Panthers. Trust That," he stated.

San Jose State was gracious enough to share its football practice facilities with the homeless Saints after they were forced to leave New Orleans before the hurricane struck. Most players were able to get their families out with them. Several, however, have not received word on relatives in the city.

The six-foot-one, 213-pound, 33-year-old Horn was speaking of preparations for the Saints' September 11 NFL opener with the Panthers in Carolina. The 10-year veteran from Itawamba, MS, Junior College, led the team in receptions last season and is hoping to build on that success this season. 

It is unknown where the Saints will go following their game tonight in Oakland, their last pre-season game.

It is almost a certainity that growers in southern and western Idaho would be willing to let the Saints practice on a harvested potato field this coming week, despite what might be tough conditions with high temperatures and plenty of dust.