Sebastian Rey — a lifelong Saints fan and the president of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community Center of New Orleans — didn’t care when it became clear that Jonathan Vilma, one of his favorite players, was hardly going to suit up for the Black and Gold in 2013.

Rey still wore his No. 51 Saints jersey with Vilma’s name emblazoned across the back. It was Rey’s tribute to the man who quarterbacked the defense that helped New Orleans win its lone Super Bowl title at the end of the 2009 season.