Saints, Pelicans owner Benson dies at 90

Saints, Pelicans owner Benson dies at 90

Raiders owner Mark Davis issued a heartfelt statement on the passing of Saints owner Tom Benson Thursday, as he congratulated New Orleans' steward on turning around a downtrodden franchise.

Benson's wife, Gayle Benson, is the principal in GMB Racing, which began buying yearlings in 2014 and managed to get two of their first purchases, Mo Tom and Tom's Ready, into the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

Benson had been the owner of the Saints since 1985 and the Pelicans since 2012.

"Tom loved New Orleans, where he was a generous and caring philanthropist", Goodell said.

"He purchased a team that had never had a winning season; by the third year of his ownership, the Saints were in the playoffs". The first was hiring Sean Payton as the team's head coach, and the second was signing Drew Brees as his starting quarterback. However, with the Pelicans also earning well, especially being part of the National Basketball Association, she may not have a hard time looking for a potential buyer as there could already be some individuals or groups already studying the possibility of owning an National Basketball Association team.

"I think people realized how much they would have missed the Saints, and it made us realize how important the Saints were to New Orleans and the region".

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

"The entire Loyola community offers prayers to the Benson family and is thankful for the legacy he created for New Orleans". He renamed the team to Pelicans, after the state bird and former New Orleans minor league baseball team. They also invested in local companies like Dixie Beer, and TV and film production companies. And the spirit that is New Orleans and Louisiana in fact the city's comeback stronger than ever before.

Benson's commitment to New Orleans also spread beyond his teams. The team was named the Hornets at the time, but he rebranded the franchise to give it more of a New Orleans flavor.

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