New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson passes away at age of 90

New Orleans Pelicans and Saints Owner Tom Benson Passes Away at Age 90

New Orleans Pelicans and Saints Owner Tom Benson Passes Away at Age 90

After weeks of hospitalization with a case of the flu New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson's battle has finally ended. Mr. Benson, who passed away peacefully Thursday in his beloved home town of New Orleans, was a veteran of the United States Navy and a successful businessman in auto dealerships and banking. Our thoughts go out to the Benson family during this tough time. "As we travel the streets of New Orleans, we'll think of Tom Benson".

He purchased the New Orleans Saints in 1985 after learning that the team's current ownership was considering moving the franchise.

Tom Benson, shown with wife Gayle, was a familiar figure at Saints games.

Benson also purchased New Orleans' NBA team, then known as the Hornets, in 2012 after a poor financial situation resulted in the NBA purchasing the team.

The NFL and National Basketball Association teams announced Benson's death on Thursday. The team, which had moved to New Orleans from Charlotte in 2002, was in flux after the league bought it from George Shinn in 2010.

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December 13, 2009 - After their 26-23 win at Atlanta, the Saints will have won their first 13 games of the season. Instead, reportedly with some encouragement from then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Benson brought the Saints back in 2006, not only providing the traumatized city with a rallying point but adding a new coach, Sean Payton, and quarterback, Drew Brees, who would lead the franchise to its first and only title after the 2009 season.

Fans began leaving Mardi Gras beads, flowers and other items at the feet of Benson's statue in Champions Square outside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as soon as the news broke.

He and Gayle started GMB Racing, which produced two Kentucky Derby entrants in 2016. New Orleans also hosted the Super Bowl five times during his ownership.

Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker will hop on the show to discuss the legacy of Benson.

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