NEW ORLEANS – Saints owner Tom Benson and former running back Deuce McAllister have been elected to the team’s Hall of Fame the club announced Friday.
In addition, longtime WWL-TV Sports Director and Saints play-by-play man Jim Henderson will receive the Fleur de lis award for his contributions to the organization.
Benson took ownership of the club in 1985, ensuring that it would remain in the city. The club quickly turned in its first winning season in 1987. The club also hit other milestones under Benson, including a first-ever playoff win in 2000, trips to the NFC Championship in 2006 and 2009 and a Super Bowl title following the 2009 season.
McAllister played eight seasons for the Saints and is generally recognized as the best running back in team history, leading the squad in rushing in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was named to two Pro Bowls.
Henderson began working on Saints radio broadcasts in 1982 as a color analyst, becoming the play-by-play announcer in 1986. His commentaries on the Saints on the Mondays following games were often the most-anticipated analysis of the contest.
In addition, the Saints Hall of Fame has voted to honor former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, creating the establishment of a legacy gallery at the museum in the name of Gleason. A defensive back and special teams standout from 2000-2006, Gleason is the first former New Orleans Saints player to be honored outside of Hall of Fame inductees. Gleason is being honored as a special player who made special contributions to both the franchise and the New Orleans community as a whole.