"Sports Talk" with Bobby Hebert & Deke Bellavia
Link
Text Us: 870870
Studio: (504)260.1870
A   A   A
 Follow 
Share

Posted: Friday, 06 September 2013 6:10PM

Saints fan talks about his viral photo with Atlanta's Roddy White




A photo that has been making the rounds on the internet the last few months has again taken on new life as the Saints host the Falcons this weekend in the Superdome.

In the photo, a smiling Saints fan holds up a Drew Brees jersey while posing with Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.  White's less-than-enthused expression resembles a man who just bit into a rotten lemon soaked in Tabasco sauce.  

Robert Harrison is the Who Dat in the photo, and we were able to get in touch with him after he sent us the photo via Facebook.

Harrison grew up in Washington Parish and moved away from Louisiana for a few years after graduating from Franklinton High School in 1994, but says he always kept the Black & Gold near and dear to his heart.  He recently moved back to the New Orleans area, and we caught up with him as he was heading to Gleason Gras at Champions Square.

He explained the picture was taken in February during Super Bowl week in New Orleans.

"Me and the wife decided to go down to the NFL Experience...And lo and behold, I saw the billboard promoting the individual players taking pictures, and it just clicked in my head," Harrison said.  "I sprinted all the way across the hall to make a beeline to where Roddy White was."

Harrison said he was pretty much surrounded at that point by Atlanta supporters, who had apparently pre-booked their Super Bowl trip to New Orleans in the mistaken notion that the Falcons would be playing in the Big Game in the Saints' house.

"I'm in the line, it was a lot of Falcons fans," "I'm in line, and I'm a little fanatic, and I haven't been home for a lot of games, and I had a little bit of pent-up Who Dat energy...And I said, 'You know what, I'm going to take this jersey off and ask him to hold it,' or get him to sign my hat, which had a fleur-de-lis on it."

Robert said he wasn't entirely sure they would let him carry out his plan.

"I kept getting closer and closer, and I'm thinking, 'They're not going to let me take the picture.'  And they did have a state trooper who said, 'you going to be all right?' and I said, 'I'll be totally respectful.'  And when we got up to him, that look he had in the picture....man, the look he had in the picture is the same look he had when I turned the corner and took off the jersey, and he said, 'Dude, you can't be serious.'"

The now-famous photo has made the rounds across fan boards and blogs in both Louisiana and Atlanta.

"It's just my little piece of payback for him about what he had to say about New Orleans, how he didn't like coming down here, and the food, and then he tried to retract it," Harrison said.

Harrison will be wearing the same jersey this Sunday in the Superdome, and his distaste for all things Falcons is echoed by many Who Dats.  

"When I was growing up, I used to dislike the 49ers, just because they used to beat us all the time, and they were in our division.  I used to live in Minneapolis, and I hate the Vikings.  And I've never had any good thing to say about the Cowboys.  But, that Falcons team....I don't even like getting gas in Georgia, or taking flights through Atlanta," he said with a laugh.  "That picture was worth every bit of waiting and hoping.  His reaction was completely worth it."

A   A   A
 Follow 
Share
Deke's Blog
Deke: Deuce loves Saints running back core
The all-time leading rusher in the history of the New Orleans Saints dropped by for a chat on SportsTalk with Bobby Hebert and yours truly, Deke Bellavia. The great Deuce McAllister gave his take on the Saints off-season, being a one thousand yard...
Read More
Keenan Lewis: "This is one of the best Saints groups"
Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis has become one of the Saints top players since arriving prior to the 2013 season. He now enters his seventh season in the National Football League and Lewis is excited about what he sees. "I think this is the best group...
Read More
Mainieri: "It's a whole new season now"
Although his Tigers did not reach their goal of winning the SEC Tournament their third straight year, Coach Paul Mainieri likes where his LSU Tigers are entering the post season. "I like the way our team competed. I'm disappointed that we lost. But I...
Read More
Saints sign OL Mike McGlynn
The New Orleans Saints signed veteran Offensive Lineman Mike McGlynn Wednesday. McGlynn played seven seasons in the NFL. Last season McGlynn was with the Kansas City Chiefs. In his career the veteran lineman started in 71 games including 13 games...
Read More
Drew Brees: Young players have opportunity to contribute right away
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on SportsTalk. Drew talked first about his belief in New Orleans and our region reflected in the big investment he and his wife Brittany just made by partnering with a local company,...
Read More
Hokie's Blog
Bobby's Blog
Kristian's Blog
Kristian: Saints "compete" in OTA, will share Greenbrier with Patriots
Payton's Props: Throughout his time as the Saints head coach, Sean Payton has used baseball bats, cartoons, gas cans, and other items to send messages to his football team. Payton used a clever tool this week as the Saints opened organized team...
Read More
Kristian: Can LSU make the run to Omaha?
After a dissapointing early exit from the SEC baseball tournament, the Tigers still impressed enough during the regular season to earn the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament. Baton Rouge will host a regional round of the tournament for...
Read More
Saints CB Lewis: "Everyone is holding themselves accountable"
The Saints have a logjam at cornerback heading into OTAs, mini-camp, and training camp. Keenan Lewis has been the most consistant factor in the secondary during his two seasons with the team, and he's also the longest tenured player at corner. He's...
Read More
Saints release K Shayne Graham
A day after Shayne Graham told reporters he was "not worried about competition" at the kicker postion with two other players on the roster, the Saints announced Tuesday that they have released the veteran kicker. Now, Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker will...
Read More
Saints OT Strief: "Andrus Peat is taking my job eventually"
When the Saints selected offensive tackle Zach Strief in the seventh round back in 2006, he was a longshot to make the roster, but almost 10 years later, he's held down the starting right tackle position for nearly half of his tenure in the same role...
Read More
NFL Draft

Team News
Saints Schedule
Team Leaders
Division Standings
NFC Standings
ADVERTISEMENT

Contests

FACEBOOK

1 Thing

Contact Us

WWL iPhone App

Powered By InterTech Media, LLC™