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I think this documentary truly shows what the New Orleans Saints meant to this city last year and the impact the fans had on the team. In the midst of an agonizingly slow recovery, enduring neglect and incompetence from all levels of government, the citizens of this region needed something that gave us hope and happiness. That's what the Saints did for everyone who lives here, loves this city and need our Saints.

"Through A Saint's Eyes" is rookie filmmaker's story with heart.

"When people talk about the New Orleans Saints they ask about quarterback Drew Brees or running back Reggie Bush or NFL Coach of the Year Sean Payton. Me? I want to know about Mark Campbell.

He's the team's tight end, and my curiosity has nothing to do with what Campbell did for the Saints last season. No, it's more about what he did for the Saints -- and the people of New Orleans -- after the season ended.

I'm talking about a 7½-minute documentary called Through a Saint's Eyes that Campbell and friend Kevin McCabe completed sometime in March.

It's a film that details the Saints' return to New Orleans in 2006 and the role the club assumed in the city's recovery following Hurricane Katrina. While that doesn't make the project extraordinary, this does: It's a look at what happened from a player's perspective.

Now let's get something straight: This movie is not about Mark Campbell. It's not about the Saints, either. It's about a city and its people, how both benefited from what happened to the Saints, and how the Saints benefited from the people they touched."

Here's the documentary originally shown on the NFL Network:

And the follow-up interview with Mark Campbell on NFL Network:


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May. 31st, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Awesome. Though I wonder how long it will be in my life before the footage of my drowned city stops making me cry.
May. 31st, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
No diminishing of the impact of those images on me. Probably never will diminish. I do think it's great that the NFL is still putting the city out in front and calling attention to our situation.
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