From sources:— Jon DeTrinis (@JonDeTrinis) January 9, 2019
Yesterday, 4 armed guards entered the @saints locker room, with Coach @SeanPayton wheeling the Lombardi trophy on top of $225k in cash.
Coach then said: “Y’all want this???”
“Win 3 F’n games.”
The locker room erupted. $225k is each player’s SB bonus. #WHODAT
This is undoubtedly a cool move and it totally motivated his players, but you’ve got to wonder the mechanics behind all this. Did Sean Payton just roll up to the bank to withdraw $225,000 to use as an example? Where does one just happen across that much cash? Maybe there’s a big jar like a swear jar that reads “motivation money” that people toss a $20 into here or there, for just such an occasion.
Payton brought the cash in a glass box, according to Mark Ingram.
Great interviews with @MarkIngram22 and @RankinsSheldon about Sean Payton bringing in the Lombardi Trophy and $225,000 in cash (accompanied by armed guards) as motivation.— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) January 9, 2019
$225,000 would be a players total playoff bonus if they reached the Super Bowl.@wdsu pic.twitter.com/J0mIzb52Ql
I know that there was probably a Saints intern or assistant tasked with procuring the glass box, but I just like the image of Sean Payton walking around a Michael’s looking at their collection of display cases next to the scrapbooking section and trying to decide which box was right to hold $225,000.
There’s also something delightful about seeing players who make millions each season get excited about $225,000. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of money — it’s just like all of us if we found $100 laying on the ground. Just look at how excited defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins got by it.
“If that don’t get you amped up, I don’t know what will. We’re talking about the trophy and if you saw all that money, you’d get excited, too.”
The man’s not wrong. If someone told me there was $225,000 waiting for me if I could win three football games then I’d totally put on pads... then get crushed on the game’s opening play and watch my team from the hospital — but you BEST believe I’d be rooting for them to win the entire time while doctors told me about the dire condition of my spleen.
Update: Here’s what that pile of cash looked like!