New Orleans native Henry Jaume Sr., a former police officer, died not long before Super Bowl LIII rather than watch the Rams play the Patriots

By Jason Duaine Hahn
February 08, 2019 05:08 PM
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If you ask many New Orleans Saints fans, they’ll swear their team should have played against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

That’s because, during the conference championship that saw the team face the Los Angeles Rams in New Orleans, the Saints were on the verge of a potentially game-winning drive when referees missed a blatant helmet-to-helmet penalty. With less than two minutes left on the clock, and the Saints just yards from scoring a touchdown, getting the penalty called would have likely sealed the team’s ticket to the Super Bowl.

But the game instead headed into overtime tied 23-23 and the Rams kicked a massive 57-yard field goal to seal their win with a final score of 26-23.

But, to Saints fans, the game should have never gone into overtime. A few even launched lawsuits against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell unsuccessfully attempting to force a rematch against the Rams in the week before the Super Bowl.

Others boycotted the big game, choosing instead to hold a “protest party” in New Orleans, football-free, on the day of the matchup.

But according to one obituary, Henry A. Jaume Sr., a diehard Saints fan, was so “determined” not to watch the Rams play in the Super Bowl that he died just hours before kickoff.

“Henry A. Jaume, Sr. Age 65, Passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 1:00 P.M,” according to Jaume’s obituary, published on The New Orleans Advocate. “[He was] determined not to watch Super Bowl LIII.”

Jaume, an Army veteran and former police officer, was described as “the life of the party wherever he went.”

“He was charismatic, with a great sense of humor and quick wit. He always made us laugh,” his obituary reads. “He loved being with his family having Easter Crawfish boils and New Year’s eve fireworks, going to the Saints game and traveling in his Tiffin Motor Home with wife and loyal fur buddy Hank.”

While Jaume would never find out the score of the big game, he more than likely would have been delighted: The Patriots kept the Rams from ever scoring a touchdown and beat them 13-3 to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.