Nov 20, 2009 2:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) The tradition by New Orleans fans to show up at the airport to welcome the Saints home from away games is heartwarming, the Saints owner says, but also can be dangerous.
Team owner Tom Benson on Friday urged fans to stay away from the cars of the players and team officials as they leave the airport, don't try to get autographs, and watch their kids.
Benson says that as the team's winning streak grows the Saints are currently 9-0 and one of two NFL teams still undefeated the crowds in the streets at the airport have grown to the point that the safety issues have come up.
The message was also signed by coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and general manager Mickey Loomis.