The New Orleans Saints start their training camp today.

For football fans, this moment couldn’t come soon enough. And it also means that the next several weeks will be filled with anticipation for the sport they love.

But there will be plenty of action in the meantime. Fans will get to see their favorite players practicing with the new arrivals. And all thoughts will be on a return trip to the Super Bowl for the Black and Gold.

The professionals aren’t the only ones who play football, of course. The gridiron warriors of all ages will soon be taking the field and doing their best to block, tackle, pass, kick and catch.

And whether you have a house where a youngster will play youth football, one where you cheer on a middle or high school, if you live and die with Nicholls State or LSU or you just can’t wait to see your Saints in action, this is the favorite time of year for so many of us.

Fans across the nation welcome the arrival of football season. But in south Louisiana, where we boast some of the best football players anywhere, the feeling is particularly intense.

Saturday is for the college players, Sunday and Monday night for the pros. But those lines have become increasingly blurred in recent years. Just about any night of the week might offer some kind of football on television. And if you have a youth or school athlete on your hands, you know that it can be a full-time obsession.

The hard work, discipline and dedication it takes these players is evident from the earliest levels. They have to love the sport to put in all the work and practice it demands.

By the time they get to high school, they have already had to learn how to balance their time to accommodate practice, homework and all the other things youngsters want to do.

At the college and professional levels, that dedication must be even greater.

It is a marvel to see our local athletes do so well, and we can’t wait to see how well our Louisiana teams do.

The Nicholls State Colonels are coming off a tremendously successful year, and LSU has a local man, Ed Orgeron, at the helm.

Whichever team or teams you love to root on, good luck as football once again makes its long-awaited appearance.

 

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