NEW ORLEANS — If the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina wasn’t enough to remind Saints offensive lineman Jammal Brown what he went through when New Orleans flooded, the latest storm to threaten the Gulf Coast certainly did.
As much as any Saints player, Brown could relate to the anxiety Tropical Storm Gustav was causing in south Louisiana. A first-round draft choice in 2005, Brown bought his first house in an upscale golf course development in eastern New Orleans only months before Katrina hit.
“Last time, (team officials) called me up and said, ‘We’re going out to Oakland for a week. Pack up a week’s worth of clothes,”‘ Brown recalled. “So I pack up some clothes and get out to Oakland and look on TV and every thing I own is under water.”