All 32 National Football League (NFL) teams reported to training camp this week, and the New Orleans Saints did so with 1 more player on their roster than expected.
After gathering 90 players into a team meeting room, Head Coach Sean Payton noted that there were actually 91 players on the active roster. Shortly thereafter, Jarrius Robertson, biliary atresia patient and Saints superfan walked into the room, and expressed his feelings on the matter.
“I’m not number 91 – I’m number 1,” he exclaimed.
Last October, Robertson signed a 1-week contract
to be the Saints’ official “hype man,” and since, his star has shone throughout the professional sports community, in places like like the NBA All-Star Game and the 25th annual ESPY Awards
. In May, he received a long-awaited liver transplant
– his second since his initial diagnosis.
After being introduced, Roberston took a moment to call out his favorite players in the room, specifically running back Mark Ingram. Aside from a special few that the rare disease patient knew he could depend on, he was sure to state that the team had better get to work before the start of the season.
Watch below as Robertson is introduced as the Saints’ 91st
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