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Deke: "Captain C-Lo" set to lead Saints D

He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow. He’s someone that leads by example. And he’s a dude that lets his play do all the talking.  As he enters his seventh season in the NFL, LB Curtis Lofton knows that the Saints have the potential to be a great team.

When it comes to individual production, it’s hard to knock anything about C-Lo’s game. In his first season in the NFL with the Falcons, Lofton recorded 94 tackles.  That was his lowest season total of his six year career.  Since that 2008 season, Lofton has recorded no less than 118 tackles each season.

Curtis was refreshed after the Saints first practice of the season.  “I probably lost about eight pounds less today compared if we were in New Orleans,” Lofton said.  Lofton and many other Saints players raved about the weather conditions at the Greenbrier.

But it isn't just the cool temps they love: “This is football. There are no distractions up here and we are able to totally focus on football. It’s a new season and I’m ready to get after it.”  Curtis Lofton is truly a tackling machine and has been since 2008.

Lofton has averaged an impressive 123 tackles per season in six years in the league, with a career high 147 stops in 2011. He has 83 consecutive games at linebacker which is currently the fourth longest at his position. And last season, Lofton’s teammates selected him as a defensive captain prior to the 2013 season. He has an all-business style and attitude, and he is on a streak that makes him one of the most reliable and durable players in the game today.  

Lofton is entering year three of a five year deal that he signed with the Saints back in March 2012.  In 2013 Lofton had a season high 16 tackles against the New York Jets.  And as he gets set to play this year, he says that last season and this season are like night and day in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s scheme. “It’s easy now.  The first year I was scrambling, going through all the checks in my head and now, it’s like second nature.  I’m able to concentrate more on what the opposing offenses are trying to do to us and it allows me to play a lot faster,” Lofton said.

Curtis knows that he’s known around the league for being a stopping machine, and he’s just fine with that.  “I definitely pride myself in getting tackles and getting to the football.  But overall, I want to be a guy that puts my team in the best situation, and for other guys to be able to succeed.”

Lofton is not really concerned with any hype or talk about him, he just wants to go out and do his job.  “I just want to be a player that when my number is called, I get the job done.  I never want to miss a play.  I love football.”

And Curtis Lofton has been as consistent as a player in this league as you will find.  And perhaps this season Curtis Lofton will find that Super Bowl ring he has been searching for! 


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07/25/2014 10:35PM
Deke: "Captain C-Lo" set to lead Saints D
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