Like father, like son.
Like his father Rich 38 years earlier, Michael Mauti was named the 2015 New Orleans Saints special teams player of the year. The coaches voted on the award and presented it to the former Penn State linebacker at a luncheon on Wednesday.
Mauti was a key contributor on special teams last season for the Saints and his blocked punt and touchdown was the signature play of his season. For Saints fans and the Louisiana native, Mauti, the play brought back the memories of a blocked punt by Steve Gleason in 2006, when the Saints reopened the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.
Mauti spent his first two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, but was released after training camp in 2015. The Saints claimed him off waivers. In 2016, Mauti hopes to expand his role and will have a chance to play alongside another former Penn State linebacker, Nathan Stupar.