Tom Benson, 1927-2018

Tom Benson, 1927-2018

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New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson passed away today at the age of 90.

In 2014, Benson pledged two significant gifts totaling $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The contribution was the largest gift by any individual in the Hall’s history and was earmarked for two major components of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.


In recognition of his gift of $10 million intended for the building of a stadium, the venue was renamed Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The spectacular sports and entertainment complex that opened last summer was named one of 13 NFL game-changing stadiums. Benson also designated $1 million to the Hall of Fame’s Legends Landing, an independent and assisted living senior care facility for retired Hall of Famers and other legends of the game.


Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker commented on the death of Benson today.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Benson. I have had the great fortune of knowing Mr. Benson for decades. He possessed a deep passion for the game and was committed to its growth. He believed strongly in promoting the game and its positive values to generations of fans. His legacy will live forever in Canton, Ohio through his generosity and support that helped launch a vision for the future by celebrating this great game we love.”

In a tribute to Benson, the Hall of Fame flags on the Hall’s campus are being flown at half-staff.

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