Donte' Stallworth has played for five teams in his eight-year career, and on Sunday, the Ravens wide receiver will square off against a former employer for the third time this season.
After playing against the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots, Stallworth will get a chance to reacquaint himself with the New Orleans Saints, the organization that selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft.
"They're the Super Bowl champs, so they're going to come in here with a purpose," Stallworth said. "They know that we have a good team, and they understand that for them to continue down the path that they want to get to, they're going to have to come in here and play well and try to come out of here with a win. It'll be fun to see those guys. It'll be interesting to be able to talk to some of the people within the organization that I haven't seen in a really long time. So it'll be fun."So far, Stallworth is 1-1 against his former teammates and coaches. His affection for them hasn't diluted his desire to get wins against them.
"You always want to beat your former team, even if you had the greatest experience with them," Stallworth said. "For instance, New England was probably the best place I had been, but if we were to play them again this year, I'd still want to beat them. It's all fun and you hug after the game and maybe even before the game. But during the game, it's on and you definitely want to beat them. It'll be fun to get those guys up here."
On Wednesday, Stallworth tweeted former teammates Reggie Bush, Jonathan Vilma, Lance Moore, Darren Sharper and Will Smith, writing, "Feel free to take Sunday off, all expense paid trip to Italy this weekend."
As of later that afternoon, Stallworth said he had yet to receive a response. "I don't know if they'll take me up on that offer or not, but it'll be interesting to see."