Sean Payton is going to the Super Bowl after all.
The coach of the defending Super Bowl champion (and they technically still hold that title until there is a new Super Bowl winner) New Orleans Saints will join ESPN’s coverage during the week leading into Super Bowl XLV.
Payton will be part of Sports Center Special at 3 p.m. ET on the Thursday and Friday before the Super Bowl. He also will be a part of the pre-game coverage on Super Bowl Sunday. Payton will join the "Monday Night Football" team of Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden from the ESPN set at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That part should be especially interesting since Gruden and Payton are close friends.
They worked as assistants together with the Philadelphia Eagles and Gruden has visited Saints’ training camp the past two preseasons to spend time with Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. By the way, Payton and Gruden have something else in common. They are the only two coaches to win Super Bowls with an NFC South team.