Saints coach visits Legislature

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, reaches out Tuesday to shake the hand of Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, as state Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, looks on in the House Chamber. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, reaches out Tuesday to shake the hand of Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, as state Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, looks on in the House Chamber.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton told legislators Tuesday that he is happy to be back after his season-long bounty suspension.

Payton swung by the State Capitol to lunch with legislators and visit each chamber.

The state Senate congratulated him on his return as the Saints’ head coach. Wearing a jacket and tie, Payton stood quietly while a long proclamation in his honor was read.

“After that prayer and introduction, it’s time for dinner,” the coach joked.

From the Senate, Payton crossed the hall to the House, where business came to a halt while he was lauded.

Legislators posed for photos with Payton and tweeted the images to followers.

Payton said his players are looking forward to the upcoming season.