Surprise rise
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A helmet sits on the field at the New Orleans Saints football practice at their facility in Metairie on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon / AP)
KING ROOK: Reggie Bush, the Saints’ rookie running back from USC, has played a key role in the team’s resurgence, on and off field. (Alex Brandon / AP)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, celebrating a touchdown with Bush, is also a big reason why the Saints are Super Bowl contenders. (Dave Martin / AP)
ALL IN THE MIND: Sean Payton, the NFL’s coach of the year, took Saints to a 10-6 record and first-round playoff bye. (Denny Medley / US Presswire)