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, Illinois, 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
1992 28 Years Old He coached Marshall Faulk from 1992 to 1993 while serving at San Diego State. … Read More


1996 - 1998 3 More Events
1999 35 Years Old In 1999 Sean Payton was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants and was promoted to the role of offensive coordinator in 2000. … Read More
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 an assistant head coach and a 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 In 2009, Payton aggressively coached the Saints to their most successful season, with a 13–3 regular season, and a 31–17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
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
2011 47 Years Old 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. … Read More
On March 21, 2012, Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season, originally set to take effect April 1, 2012, as a result of his alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, under which "bounties" were allegedly paid for contact that would "knock out" targeted players on opposing teams. … Read More


2014 50 Years Old In 2014, after his suspension and the finalization of his divorce, he moved from the New Orleans suburbs where he had kept his in-season home to Uptown New Orleans, buying a condo in that neighborhood, and now lives there year-round.
2015 51 Years Old 1 More Event
A previously agreed-upon extension of his contract through 2015 was voided by the NFL. … Read More
On January 6, 2016, he announced that he would stay with the Saints despite interest from other teams that had led to speculation that he would be traded.
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