Saints coach Sean Payton moonlighting as caddie
Sunday, July 14, 2013
NFL training camp starts later this month, but New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is starting work a little early. It's just the not the kind of work he's accustomed too.
Payton will trade in his headset for a golf bag this week as he serves as Ryan Palmer's caddie at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
"It's pretty cool to hear the mindset of one of the great coaches in the game, Super Bowl winning coach," Palmer said.
Palmer gave his regular caddie the week off, so in stepped Payton, who was on vacation at the Greenbrier Resort. But after two days of practice rounds and pro-ams, Payton said, "this isn't a vacation."
Palmer met Payton in Dallas and the two play golf together on occasion during the summer. Payton isn't the best player, though, he said, but he feels comfortable on the bag.
"I know what game week feels like for me in the fall, and I know what it will feel like for him and what it does feel like for all these golfers," said Payton, who was reinstated as the Saints coach in January after a one-year suspension following the NFL's bounty investigation.
"Just to be invisible as a caddie and do your job and be supportive, those are the things that I look at as being important for me this week."
Palmer, who has four top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour, had this advice for Payton: "Just shut up and keep up," he joked. "That's it."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report