CAU'S JONATHAN HAMM SIGNED BY THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    MAY 1, 2007



        CAU’S JONATHAN HAMM SIGNED BY THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

       ATLANTA, GA – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Senior Defensive Lineman Jonathan
Hamm has signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League
(NFL).

Hamm, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, finished the 2006 season as the fourth leading tackler for
the CAU Panthers and played a significant role in the Panther Defense being crowned NCAA,
Division II Statistical Champs last season. The 6’7, 272 pound Hamm had 36 tackles, three
quarterback sacks and blocked two kicks. For his effort last season he was named to the SIAC
All-Conference Team (1st Team). In addition, Hamm was selected 1st Team All-Region by Don
Hansen’s Gazette and received the distinguished Marion E. Jackson 2006 Atlanta University
Center Defensive Player of the Year Award.

“I am pleased to be going to the next level of play after my experience at CAU. I hope that all
the players at CAU and in the SIAC will take my signing as a clear signal that it’s all about the
work you put in. If I can do this, so can you,” said Hamm.

Hamm is the first Panther to sign with an NFL team since Head Coach Ted Bahhur took over the
CAU Program in 2005. His one-year deal includes a salary plus signing bonus. According to
Bahhur, “The Saints should expect big things from Jonathan. His work ethic, passion and
commitment are unsurpassed. Combine that with the fact that he is one of the most coachable
players I’ve ever met and you’re left with only one conclusion. The Saints made a really good
decision. We wish him all the best.”

Hamm made the choice to sign with the New Orleans Saints after weighing offers from the San
Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to Hamm, “The Saints are a perfect fit
for a couple of reasons. First, defensively, the Saints run a 4-3 scheme which allows me to work
from the down position. I’m accustomed to that set, and that should help with the learning curve.
And second, I was the only defensive end signed by the Saints this year and I’ll be joining NFL
Pro Bowlers Charles Grant and Will Smith who already play for the Saints. This will be a
perfect opportunity to learn from two of the league’s best defensive ends.”