BATON ROUGE, La. — The NFL and Louisiana lost a key member of the Louisiana sports community as longtime New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson passed away on Thursday afternoon.
Ed Orgeron, LSU’s head coach and a former assistant on the Saints staff, opened his spring practice press conference with a comment on the subject.
“Very sad to hear Mr. Benson passed away. He was a Louisiana icon,” Orgeron said. “He was a great man for the state of Louisiana, the city of New Orleans. I had the opportunity for work for Mr. Benson. He brought so much to Louisiana and is going to be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the New Orleans Saints.”
Both Benson and Orgeron are Louisiana natives. Benson was born in the city of New Orleans, while Orgeron hails from the country in Larose, La.
Orgeron spent the 2008 season in New Orleans as the Saints’ defensive line coach. From there, he joined the Tennessee and Southern Cal coaching staffs before returning to LSU in the same capacity in 2015. A year later, he was named the interim and then the permanent coach of the Tigers.
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