Feb. 8, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE — There may be someone affiliated with UVa who has rooted for them longer — Jerome Meyinsse is only 21 years old, after all — but at 6-9, 233 pounds, the fourth-year basketball player is without question the biggest New Orleans Saints fan on Grounds.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., Meyinsse has been pulling for the Pelican State’s hard-luck NFL team for as long as he can remember. And so it was no surprise that Monday morning found him still reveling in the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Meyinsse watched the game at a friend’s house Sunday night.
“When Peyton Manning threw that interception, I went crazy,” Meyinsse said with a huge smile after practice at John Paul Jones Arena.
During the game, naturally, he wore his Drew Brees jersey, and Meyinsse was still sporting it Monday afternoon. Had Tony Bennett let him, Meyinsse probably would have kept the No. 9 jersey on during practice Monday morning as well.
“I even wore it when I got taped today,” Meyinsse said, “and made sure everybody saw it.”
Throughout the Super Bowl, Meyinsse said, “a lot of people from back home were texting me. I actually had a friend that was on Bourbon Street, so I knew they had a good time.”