Former Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence is now an assistant coach at Atlanta’s Marist High School, his prep alma mater. Torrence, who played for the Saints from 2008-11, is spending a few days in training camp as an intern.
Does coming out here give you that yearning to make a comeback?
Not necessarily. The first three or four months I was working out, and you’re having conversations with my family. But I knew it was the end of the road. I took some personal time to reflect on the memories I had. It’s only when you’re done that you to do that. Also, my grandmother was ill, and I got to spend time with her in the final season of her life. And for the first time ever, I wasn’t playing at Thanksgiving or Christmas. I’ve since gotten married, and we have an 11-week old daughter.
Do you wear your Super Bowl ring to school?
I only bring it on special occasions when I want to motivate the guys. It means a lot to me, so I want to take care of it.
Obviously there a lot of diffent faces from when you last played here. What’s that like?
It’s just a reflection of the game. It’s a young man’s game, and there’s a lot of turnover. It reminds you of how special it was to win a Super Bowl together. But it’s also inspiring to see young guys at the beginning of their careers answering questions about if they were good enough to play in this league and seeing them come into their own.
What do you see in this team?
I’m no expert, but I love this team. What I’m really seeing is the same commitment from the coaching staff that really made the difference for me as a player. You really have to challenge and movtivate them and these guys are the best.
You’re from Atlanta and still live there. Do you wear your Saints gear?
Oh yeah. I actually played for the Falcons for a brief moment, and they ran me out of town, so there’s no love lost there, plus the fact I won a championship with the Saints makes them my team forever.
Next three up
SuNday: 7:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. CT
MONday: 7:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. CT
TUESday: Saints take their first scheduled day off after five straight days of work.
OUT: LB Dannell Ellerbe (hip), S Jairus Byrd (undisclosed), LB Davis Tull (shoulder), DT Glenn Foster (undisclosed)
LIMITED: WR Marques Colston (undisclosed), CB Brian Dixon (undisclosed)