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Jones Jr. inspired NFL champs

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One day after the New Orleans Saints historic Super Bowl victory over the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts, Roy Jones Jr. reflected back to that August day he was invited to the Saints’ training camp by Head Coach Sean Payton and delivered a speech to the team, which turned into a pep talk for the upcoming season. The theme of Roy’s speech was teamwork, “Each individual effort is wonderful, but the sum of all playing together as a team is greater. The Saints began the season by winning their first thirteen games and, it seemed against all odds, became Super Bowl Champions. It means that God is still using me to deliver positive messages to people,” said Jones.

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“I am thankful I had the opportunity to tell the Saints there was no reason why they didn’t have the best team in the league and could go on to win the Super Bowl. I am thrilled that the Saints are a part of bringing back the city of New Orleans after what the city has been through and has overcome so much,” said Jones, who had made numerous trips to the New Orleans area following Katrina to deliver supplies and even helped build a home. “The residents know that God is ever present in their life and is showing, through faith, that they can come back and be event better than they ever were before.”

The New Orleans Saints and the people of New Orleans are an inspiration to Roy in his upcoming April 3 fight against Bernard Hopkins. “This revelation shows me that even though things are rough it doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a greater plan for you. It reaffirms for me you have to maintain your faith and hope through it all…and if God is for you, nothing else has a chance!”

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Future Hall of Famers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. collide in a long delayed rematch that will finally add the final chapter to their 17-year rivalry on April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas . The bout will be broadcast live on pay-per-view.

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