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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appears to whistle along as a Fats Domino song is played during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. The team honored musician Fats Domino who died Tuesday.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The Saints honored the memory of Fats Domino, the New Orleanian who is recognized as one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, by wearing a sticker that simply read "Fats" on the back of their helmets on Sunday.

Domino died on Tuesday at the age of 89 in his home in Harvey. 

In addition to the helmet decal, Saints head coach Sean Payton wore a jacket with the word "Fats" and a musical note on the right side of his chest. 

For Payton, the decision to honor Domino was personal.

"This is a guy the Beatles opened up for in Liverpool, this is a guy that Elvis Presley felt uncomfortable being called the King," Payton said. "In many ways, this was the father of rock 'n' roll, and he was one of our own, and I just felt that he was, maybe, not celebrated enough when he passed."

All week long, while the Saints staff was watching film, the coaches listened to Domino's music, and Payton took time out of the week to make sure his players understood the legend's magnitude. 

"We did a little piece on him during the week with our players, the significance of, I think, someone whose contributions to music were very much underrated," Payton said. 

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