New Orleans Saints release punter Thomas Morstead
They say not all heroes wear capes, some just happen to pull off the riskiest play call in Super Bowl history as a rookie and then go on to play 12 seasons all with the same franchise.
Bitter-sweet day for the New Orleans Saints who released beloved punter Thomas Morstead after a dozen years in the Big Easy.
Morstead was a fan favorite from the word go, executing the surprise on-side kick in Super Bowl 44 to utter perfection and the rest was history.
He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has one of the best yards per punt average in NFL history, but at the end of the day didn’t live up to his billing in 2020 as the highest paid punter in the league.
Morstead says he has no regrets and owes it all to the fans. “Like I said, everything – all expectations have been exceeded, multiplied. And when people say, don’t invest in the team or don’t invest in the city, that’s kind of like saying you’re never going to love somebody because you’re worried about getting hurt cause you know at some point it’s going to end. And I just didn’t subscribe to that. I’ve been all in. I love this city. And they love me back 100 times more.”
The soon-to-be 35-year-old Morstead says he intends to keep playing though he and his family will always make New Orleans their home.
Other than Morstead, Brees is the only other Saints player left on the roster, for now, from that Super Bowl 44 championship team.