We have important news to announce.
The New Orleans Saints have just confirmed tragic news: team owner Tom benson passed away peacefully, today, with his wife Gayle Marie by his side.
As we can read on the Saints' official website, the franchise won six division titles and one Super Bowl title since he bought the team in 1985.
In 1985, Mr. Benson purchased the New Orleans Saints after learning that the NFL franchise was on the verge of being sold to parties interested in relocating the team. Mr. Benson purchased the Saints on May, 31, 1985. In 1987, the team posted its first winning season and advanced to the playoffs for the first time. Since being purchased by Mr. Benson in 1985, the Saints have earned 11 playoff berths, six division titles and captured Super Bowl XLIV in 2009, building a foundation for continued success, on and off the field. Known among his peers in the NFL as an important leader, Benson’s input on the league level was instrumental, serving as chairman of the league Finance Committee for three separate stints. He also played a major role in New Orleans become a Super Bowl host five times since his purchase of the team.
We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Benson.
More details to come.
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