News

Print
RSS

Payton uses suspension to help Whitworth

Posted Mar 30, 2012


Andrew Whitworth

CHOUDRANT, La. — Sean Payton appealed his year-long suspension Friday and on Friday night he used it to raise $42,000 for Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth's foundation.

As the guest speaker here at the fourth annual dinner for the Big Whit 77 Foundation, Payton, the embattled Saints coach, received five standing ovations from the crowd of about 400 at the Squire Creek Country Club. He revealed the surprise during his speech.

"If I'm not coaching," Payton said, "my wife's not coming."

And that got him to thinking about putting his suite on the block.

Payton's last day on the job is Sunday before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension for his part in Bountygate takes hold. So he went out with a flourish, donating to the live auction his Superdome box for one of the Saints eight home games, a date to be decided by the fan once the schedule is announced around April 15.

"He told me right before he went up to make his speech; I guess there are 42,000 reasons why I invited him," Whitworth said.

Payton auctioned off the box himself, offering 16 pregame passes, a fully-stocked bar and menu, an autographed helmet and jersey and …

"And you can call the first play," Payton said. "I'll send him an e-mail."

That may or may not have been a reference to Bill Parcells, the man Payton wants to replace him.

But the money wasn't veiled. A grateful Whitworth and wife Melissa can use it for the foundation that identifies children who want to be leaders in the community as well as at-risk children.

"I was blown away by it," Whitworth said. "I think what he saw is what Melissa and I do is for real. Our passion is for real and he wanted to be a part of it."

 

Countdown to The Draft

weeks - - : days - - : hours - - : minutes - - : seconds - -

Recent Articles

  • Mocking on the door

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 25, 2015

    We give you the third and final 2015 Bengals.com Media Mock Draft with the real thing coming Thursday night. We make the case for a big guy to team inside with Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, and Brandon Thompson and the rest of the wide bodies.

    Views: 9,708
  • Deal with it

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 24, 2015

    Center Russell Bodine turned in one of the best seasons ever by a Bengals rookie when he took virtually every snap for a play-off team. Here's how he got here via a Draft Day trade.

    Views: 7,628
  • Hobson's Choice: extensions and excursions

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 22, 2015

    Readers weigh in on the Marvin Lewis extension and the 2015 schedule. And they'd like to trade up in this draft, like the Bengals did last year to get center Russell Bodine. Don't count on it.

    Views: 11,375
  • With nod to stability, Bengals extend Lewis

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 22, 2015

    Bengals sign head coach Marvin Lewis through 2016.

    Views: 7,405
  • Pocketbook look at Bengals 2015 sked

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Apr 21, 2015

    A quick look at the Bengals 2015 schedule.

    Views: 19,051

Recent Videos

Photos