Tom Benson, Saints & Pelicans Owner, Dies at 90

Tyler Owen
March 17, 2018

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder issued a statement through the team on the passing of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson.

Tom Benson, 90, died Thursday after being hospitalized three weeks earlier with flu-like symptoms.

February 7, 2010 - New Orleans Saints win Super Bowl XLIV.

Benson, who also owns the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, helped to revive a Saints franchise that had never had a winning season at the time of his purchase.

Once word got out of Tom Benson's death Thursday afternoon, Who Dat Nation was quick to respond with condolences and memorials to the former owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.

"Tom Benson gave me the opportunity to live my childhood dream, and to do it in the handsome city of New Orleans was a blessing", former wide receiver Donte Stallworth tweeted. In 1987, the team posted its first winning season and advanced to the playoffs for the first time. And I know the people of Louisiana join Don and myself as we pray for gaelic for Tom's family. "With Drew Brees and Sean Payton and the team, it went to the National Basketball Association team, it went to [ownership of other local businesses]". Mr. Benson purchased the Saints on May, 31, 1985.

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A package to extend the Saints' lease at the Superdome included a subsidy to move state offices from various downtown locations to the revamped Benson Tower.

December 13, 2009 - After their 26-23 win at Atlanta, the Saints will have won their first 13 games of the season.

While the Falcons and Saints continue to have one of the NFL's fiercest rivalries in the NFC South, Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank called Benson a pillar of the league for more than 30 years and a champion of New Orleans.

The Saints' infamous "bounty scandal" also took place under Benson's watch, with Payton, Loomis and others receiving unprecedented suspensions for allegedly overseeing a pay-for-injury scheme. From their first modern crop of yearlings, they campaigned two starters in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Upon the conclusion of World War II, he returned to New Orleans and continued his business administration studies.

In 2014, Benson pledged two significant gifts totaling $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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