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Sean Payton

Football Player and Coach
Born Dec 29, 1963

Patrick Sean Payton is an American head coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Payton was a quarterback at Naperville Central High School and Eastern Illinois University and played professionally in 1987 and 1988. He began his coaching career as offensive assistant for San Diego State University and had several assistant coaching positions in collegiate and NFL teams before being named as the 10th full-time coach in Saints history in 2006.… Read More

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1963 Birth Born on December 29, 1963.


1982 18 Years Old Sean attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL, starting as quarterback his senior year before graduating in 1982.


1986 22 Years Old Winning a football scholarship, Payton had a successful career playing quarterback at Eastern Illinois University, leading the Panthers to an 11 - 2 record and the quarter-finals of the Division I-AA Playoffs in 1986; while at EIU, he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. … Read More
Although he was not drafted in the 1987 NFL Draft, Payton tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs for one day.
1988 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, he played for the Leicester Panthers of the semi-professional UK Budweiser National League. … Read More


1997 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He made a series of assistant coaching positions at Indiana State University, Miami University (quarterbacks coach), Illinois, and again at San Diego State (running backs coach), before landing a job as the quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997.
1998 - 1999 2 More Events
2002 38 Years Old During the 2002 season, after several poor showings by the Giants' offense, Payton's role in play-calling was taken over by then head coach Jim Fassel. … Read More
2003 39 Years Old Payton joined Bill Parcells and the Cowboys as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in 2003, where he helped coach Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, and Drew Bledsoe to 3,000-yard seasons.


2005 41 Years Old In 2005, he was promoted by Parcells to assistant head coach/passing game coordinator.
2006 42 Years Old Payton received his first head coaching job in 2006 with the New Orleans Saints. … Read More
2007 43 Years Old Receiving 44 out of 50 votes from a panel of sports journalists and broadcasters, Payton won the AP NFL Coach of the Year Award in January 2007. … Read More
2009 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Following the 2009 season, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl championship.
2010 46 Years Old In June 2010 Payton published a book (written with journalist Ellis Henican) entitled Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life. … Read More
On October 16, 2011, while coaching against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Payton broke his tibia and tore his MCL in a collision with tight end Jimmy Graham's helmet after Graham was tackled on the sideline. On March 2, 2012, the NFL alleged that from 2009 to 2011, the Saints implemented a bounty program which rewarded players for deliberately attempting to knock opposing players out of games. … Read More
Soon after the suspension was announced, Payton began discussions with his mentor, Parcells, about serving as interim coach for the 2012 season. … Read More
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