Saints' Tracy Porter to be honored by hometown

Mon, Feb 22
Tracy PorterAP Photo/Mark J. TerrillSaints cornerback Tracy Porter celebrates after his team toppled the Colts to win Super Bowl XLIV.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter and his fiancée, Devyn Adams, are so sure the Saints are heading back to the Super Bowl that they scheduled their wedding for Feb. 12, 2011.

"That's one week after the Super Bowl," said Adams, who has known Porter for about eight years and got engaged on Christmas Day 2009.

It's not that far-fetched. Porter made a name for himself as the Saint who made pivotal interceptions in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLIV.

Porter is a humble young man who began playing football as a junior in high school. He graduated from Indiana University in 2008 and was drafted by the Saints in the second round (No. 40 overall). He was injured during most of his rookie season, but started to come into his own in 2009. And it culminated with his interception return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

And Saturday, Porter will be honored in his hometown of Port Allen, La., population 5,000.

"I love it there. It's just a grocery store and couple of gas stations," said Porter, who played quarterback, running back and defensive back at Port Allen High. "It's a small town, but it's my community. After I retire, I want to give back to that community."

Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis said if anyone deserves the honor, it's Porter.

"He should be on cloud nine after his interception but that's not his story," Lewis said. "He doesn't say 'my victory,' he says 'our victory.'"

To cap a terrific month, Port Allen is going to rename the street on which he grew up as Porter Avenue.