Benson is cleared to fly home after fall at ownership meeting

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Saints owner Tom Benson recently had knee surgery. It has left him a little wobbly, and as a result he tripped and fell on Tuesday in Atlanta.

Benson issued a statement explaining that he’s been checked out by doctors, who have cleared him to fly home.

“First, I would like to congratulate Minnesota on securing Super Bowl LII and to applaud Indianapolis on a great bid,” Benson said. “I want to thank the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and everyone from our great city and state that worked tirelessly to put forth the best Super Bowl bid I have ever been a part of. We will be back in the mix to get another Super Bowl to New Orleans soon. As we stated in our presentation, New Orleans is the perfect Super Bowl city.

“Following my presentation, I accidentally tripped and hit my head, having had knee surgery just over a week ago. Out of an abundance of caution, the doctors wanted to clear me before we fly back home tonight.”

Benson, 86, has owned the team since 1985.  He purchased the New Orleans Hornets (who are now the Pelicans) in 2012, and he was instrumental in bringing the Super Bowl back to New Orleans in 2013.