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Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) before the game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. ORG XMIT: BAT1510041858569849

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A face familiar to Sean Payton will be in the broadcast booth to call Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in New Orleans to serve as the color analyst for CBS, his new role after deciding to leave the game this offseason. 

Payton, who played a key role in the Cowboys signing Romo as an undrafted free agent in 2003, likes the opportunity to chat with the quarterback he once tutored. 

"I still think of him as a kid," Payton said. "It was good seeing him. I think he's going to do great. He's a real student of the game, he knows football. Shoot, we're out here five minutes and we're talking about football scheme."

Payton and Romo both played quarterback at Eastern Illinois, and according to ESPN, he graded the passer as a fifth-rounder coming out of the draft. 

"Not having seen him yet, obviously, when you can change a career, there's a lot that goes into it, a million things, I would imagine," Payton said. "I'm sure there will be a learning process, but he'll move through that, and I'm sure he and Jim (Nantz) will click as they go." 

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