Apparently Horn didn't take his phone with him when he left New Orleans in 2006 because when Thomas broke free for a 72-yard score to seal the 45-35 win on national TV, he reached under the padding once again to make a call.
"When I saw him bring out that cellphone, I teared up", Horn said.
Horn, a Saints Hall of Famer who caught 50 touchdown passes for the franchise from 2000-06, will forever be remembered for his controversial 2003 touchdown celebration, which resulted in a $30,000 fine in an era when receivers such as Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Horn were regularly coming up with elaborate celebrations.
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Thomas played coy with the media after the game, giving few details about the origins of the phone and who knew about it beforehand, saying he acted alone. Thomas held off his teammate and went to the field goal post pad. He said he purchased the phones from a liquor store.
In case you missed it, here's a look at Thomas' touchdown celebration, which paid homage to former Saints wideout Joe Horn, courtesy of Jordan Heck. They were the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL.
Horn, now 46, told Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune he was working out by himself in a gym in MS when he witnessed Thomas' tribute. Thomas likewise was penalized on the play, and will likely see a fine coming his way as well.
The Saints were up three points and looking to put away the Rams in one of the most entertaining and competitive games of the year.