Saints players exhibit superior ability on the football field.


Eh, not so much.

While several current and former Saints players exhibited competitive skills at Sunday night’s Black and Gold Charity Bowling Fundraiser, others, well, let’s just say football must take up a lot of their free time.

“I’ve only bowled six frames tonight. I’m kind of bowling for each team,” Saints punter Thomas Morstead said. “I’ve got three strikes, two spares and one left open. So pretty good, but I’m sure there are some better bowlers out there.”

Morstead and running back Pierre Thomas co-hosted the charity event at Fulton Alley, part of an off week of activity for the Saints (2-3), who return to the field Sunday at Detroit.

“Well, I know Pierre is a good bowler,” Saints right tackle Zach Strief said. “I have no confidence in the other guys here being good bowlers.

“I’ve seen (former Saints great) Deuce (McAllister) bowl. He’s terrible. But I know Pierre can bowl. You don’t pick something (to host) that you’re bad at.”

Proceeds from the event supported What You Give Will Grow (Morstead) and iCAN (Thomas) foundations.

“A lot of people didn’t think I had game, but I had to show them,” said Thomas, who was flattered by Strief’s words.

Bowling represents one of the Saints’ favorite team activities off the field. It’s less humbling than golf, Strief said, but worthy of the same trash talk which dominates any competition.

Participating Saints included: McAllister, Morstead, Thomas, Strief, running back Khiry Robinson, rookie receiver Brandon Coleman and long snapper Justin Drescher. The 610 Stompers and Cherry Bombs performed at the event, emceed by Lauren “Fleurty Girl” LeBlanc and Sammy Kershaw.

What You Give Will Grow supports causes, organizations, small businesses, artists and musicians in the South.

“When you live here like we do year-round, you become a little bit more invested in the community, and want it to become a better place,” said Morstead, who started the foundation in 2012 with his wife, Lauren.

Thomas’ foundation, iCAN, address the nation’s challenges with childhood obesity.

“We have a lot of kids that sit in the house and play video games. I’m not saying they can’t, but kids (also) need to get out the house, be more active,” Thomas said. “Eating junk food, whatever is in the fridge — I feel like whatever you put in your body gives you the energy to carry out the day, and we want to feed our kids the right things.”

The Saints return to practice Monday.