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Saints add Benson, McAllister to team’s Hall of Fame

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Mired in one of the rockiest offseasons that any team ever has endured, the Saints are still going about their normal business.

Their normal business includes adding new members to the team’s Hall of Fame.  On Friday, the Saints announced that owner Tom Benson and running back Deuce McAllister will be receiving the honor.

The decision was made by the Hall of Fame’s media selection committee.

Benson has owned the team since 1985.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he renewed his commitment to the region (even though some would say he did so involuntarily), culminating four years later in a Super Bowl win.

McAllister, a first-round pick in 2001, spent eight full seasons with the team, and he is the franchise’s all-time rushing leader, with 6,096 yards.  He also is the franchise’s all-time leader in total touchdowns (55) and rushing touchdowns (also 55).

The Saints Hall of Fame also has voted to honor former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason by creating a “legacy gallery” in Gleason’s name at the museum.  Gleason, who set the tone for the team’s return to the Superdome in 2006 by blocking a punt that was recovered for a touchdown, is battling ALS.

Though the NFL has hammered the franchise for the pay-for-performance/bounty program, the league has emphasized that Benson had no knowledge of it.  While some have speculated that others in the organization are covering for Benson, he has a reputation for being a hand’s-off owner, who entrusts the football operations to his employees.

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12 Responses to “Saints add Benson, McAllister to team’s Hall of Fame”
  1. catquick says: May 18, 2012 3:31 PM

    Take your lumps like a man Vilma. You got caught! You’re guilty! Man UP!!!

  2. blacknole08 says: May 18, 2012 3:41 PM

    That’s a classy move on the Saints part to find a way to honor Steve Gleason as well. He had the blocked punt heard around the world; anyone who saw that had to have left their seat regardless if you are a Saints fan or not. Very classy move.

  3. chadmurdigan says: May 18, 2012 3:41 PM

    Benson, pay Brees!

  4. steviemo says: May 18, 2012 3:42 PM

    That’s all well and good, Saints, but you are the most pathetic organization in the NFL right now. And not getting Brees into camp? Preposterous.

  5. onipup says: May 18, 2012 3:51 PM

    He also is the franchise’s all-time leader in total touchdowns (55) and rushing touchdowns (also 55).

    No way this is true. I believe there is a QB there with a few more TOTAL touchdowns.

  6. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 18, 2012 3:59 PM

    No Mike McKenzie? Aaron Brooks?

  7. brenenostler says: May 18, 2012 4:18 PM

    If Vilma somehow wins this suit, it’s going to make the NFL look ineffective in its ability to protect players.

    Go ahead Vilma, if you really want to be that guy.

  8. darthsaint says: May 18, 2012 4:20 PM

    I love how this is about a couple players getting awarded lifetime achievements and the majority of the posts are simply trolls with no life. LoL, seriously, I NEVER post anything on other teams pages unless it is an honest breakdown that furthers the discussion.

    You guys make me laugh. I can only imagine what losers you are in real life. Playing WoW and dreaming what it would be like to talk to a girl without first having to give your credit card number.

  9. eballa1 says: May 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    Those numbers can’t be right. Deuce returned a kick for a TD his rookie year and he’s had some receiving TDs as well.

  10. erictheclown says: May 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    May 18, 2012 3:59 PM
    No Mike McKenzie? Aaron Brooks?

    that is funny!

    you know more players than the bandwagon Taints fans that can not name any QB other than Brees.

    they gonna get to know one this year.
    CHASE!

  11. cowboyscanada says: May 18, 2012 10:48 PM

    Who cares, saints are a completely laughable franchise.

  12. cgarsmoker says: May 18, 2012 11:13 PM

    If Benson had any integrity, he’d fire Payton and Loomis for the shame and dishonor they brought to the Saints franchise.

    Also this is the same owner who tried to sneak the team into San Antonio after Katrina. Yep ….he is hall of fame material for the Saints and exactly what we’ve come to expect from that classless organization. Can that city set the bar any lower?

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