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Nov 10, 2010 7:02 PM by Shawn Kline

Rickey Jackson tours schools, businesses in Abbeville

No more hard feelings for fans in Abbeville who felt snubbed by NFL Hall of Famer, Rickey Jackson.
One month after the disappointment, elation and a daylong visit as Jackson tours the city.
"This is spectacular," Heidi Vincent said.
Vincent was ecstatic when she found the Hall of Famer in her home town.
Jackson, a six time Pro-Bowler was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January.
Last month, the man known as "Mr. Saints" was supposed to ride in a Saints float at the Cattle Fest, but he was a no show.
Some festival goers said they felt "snubbed," but he blamed miscommunication.
"That's water under the bridge," Jackson said. "I'm glad to be here and all that is behind us."
This was an all day affair for Jackson. He visited several schools and local businesses.
The long wait, paying off for some of Jackson's fans; like 86-year-old Matilda Simon- the newest owner of a Hall of Fame autograph.
"I'll put this up in my house," Simon said.
In the schools, a new generation of Saints fans- learning lessons from a legend their parents looked up to.
"He's a good player," Clavern Adams from Herod Elementary said. "He must be feeling good about playing for the Saints."
A great visit for the kids, but the reward even better for those who watched him back in the '80s and '90s- now watching the kids look up to their childhood hero.
"They just love it," Vincent said. "They love it, they love it," she said again with a smile and a laugh.

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