Talked to a number of players today about owner Jerry Richardson's need for a heart transplant, and there's a palpable and understandable concern among them. At the same time, they seem relatively hopeful this has a good outcome.
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There's no real timetable for the 72-year-old owner to undergo the procedure, he just has to wait for a match.
QB Jake Delhomme said doctors briefed the players Wednesday afternoon, before word was released to the media, and he said "the things we’re hearing, hopefully everything will be fine and we assume it will be."
Richardson's extremely popular in the locker room, partly because he signs the checks. But players respect his background, since he's the only former player to own a team, but also because of the way he built his own fortune from the fast-food beginnings to what you see now.
"It’s little things, just a way of respect that’s what he’s about," Delhomme said. "That’s the organization, that’s what he tries to build on. It trickles down from our owner to the head coach to the kind of players we have. It really does.
"You guys see it. We’ve got a good locker room, and I think that’s a reflection on him."