Tim Lelito Overcomes Tragedy to Help Saints Past Falcons (Who Dat Dish)

Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints guard Tim Lelito (68) and center Brian de la Punte (60) listen to an audible by quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints guard  Tim Lelito helped the team move past the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football despite a recent family tragedy.

Lelito played in place of injured starter Jahri Evans and was rewarded with the game ball by head coach Sean Payton. Lelito played despite the recent loss of his grandmother, who adopted and raised him at a young age.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett has the details from all involved:

“It was, ‘Block it out, I have a job to do.’ But at the same time, I knew that she was going to be with me and help me along the way,” Lelito said.

Other plays weighed in as well:

“Unbelievable,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said of the performance. “Tim Lelito, undrafted free-agent rookie. Obviously in a week where you really have very little time to prep — for a young guy to get one walk-through, basically, and then get the news that his grandmother who raised him passed away and go back and take care of her and the family and then meets us here last night. Obviously an emotional deal for him, a roller coaster and yet, comes out, starts and plays phenomenal. He got a game ball in the locker room, and it’s well-deserved.”

Kudos to the undrafted rookie from Grand Valley State. It was far from a perfect performance, but a beautiful body of work overall given the circumstances. Payton agrees:

“It’s not going to be a perfect film. But for him to fly in after the funeral, watch some extra tape last night and then play like he did tonight, it was pretty strong. And pretty emotional I’m sure, for him,” Payton said.


Like Who Dat Dish? Let us know on Twitter @whodatdish or  on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter for more NFL news and analysis @Chris_Roling


Tim Lelito Overcomes Tragedy to Help Saints Past FalconsWho Dat DishWho Dat Dish – A New Orleans Saints Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Click to read the original Saints article by Who Dat Dish

Related posts

WR Joe Morgan re-signed and spotted at New Orleans Saints practice, per report (Who Dat Dish)

According to reports, wide receiver Joe Morgan, who the New Orleans Saints released last week, was spotted at practice Tuesday afternoon. The news comes just one day after it was reported Marques Colston suffered a separated shoulder with possible structural damage.  A move about re-signing Joe...

New Orleans Saints: 10 Burning Questions for the Black and Gold (Who Dat Dish)

It was thought that after their overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4, the New Orleans Saints may have been taking some big steps forward in hopes of turning their season around in 2015. The offense played well, the defense stepped up with key veterans returning, and the only real...

Saints WR Marques Colston suffered separated shoulder, per report (Who Dat Dish)

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston suffered a separated shoulder in the second half of Sunday’s crushing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was reportedly seen in the locker room with his arm in a sling after the game. Marques...

Leave a comment