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College Football staple Lee Corso will make his famous headgear pick on the Sunday NFL Countdown set for ESPN leading into the New Orleans Saints' home game against the Los Angeles Rams. 

This will be the first time in the 33-year history of Countdown for Corso to be on set for an NFL pick, according to ESPN coordinating producer Matt Garrett.

During the 11 a.m. Central time hour will be a segment about Sean Payton and some of the motivational ploys the coach has used during his 12 seasons with the Saints. “Don’t eat the cheese,” being one of them, and the leaving of an empty gas can in the locker belonging to older veterans being another. 

That segment will be done by Dianna Russini.

With the studio set outside Manning’s Bar & Grill, the network encourages fans to attend the live airing of the Countdown show similar to how fans congregate in the background for the GameDay show. 

The network also plans to give out a two pairs of tickets for the Saints-Rams game, Garrett said. 

The NFL is always trying to be more like college football. 

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