Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints owners Gayle Benson and Tom Benson with general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Mikey Loomis reflects on Tom Benson's legacy, talks ownership transition

Seth Dunlap
March 16, 2018 - 5:40 pm

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis joined WWL Radio today and discussed the legacy of Saints owner Tom Benson, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90.  Loomis said he was still reeling from the news of Benson's death, but it's nice to see all of the tributes coming in from across the nation.

"It's a tough blow to take, but man I sure am pleased by the things that are being said around the country and the tributes that have come in for Mr. (Benson) because he sure does deserve it," Loomis said.

It was Benson who gave Loomis his first General Manager job, and gave him loyalty and patience even when other people didn't think that was warranted.

"He gave me an opportunity when a lot of other might not have.  Then he stuck with me through some rough times when others might not have," Loomis explained.  "He saw something in me, and believed in what we could accomplish.  He was always there as a resource.  We talk alot about things like loyalty and integrity and doing things the right way.  I don't think people understand how much he valued his people.  I think at times he valued them more than he valued wins, and look he valued wins a lot."

Ownership will now pass on to Benson's wife, Gayle.  Loomis things the transition will be smoothe, and the organization will remain stable.

"I think it's going to be pretty seamless.  Mrs. (Benson) has been involved pretty much from the day that she and Mr. (Benson) got married . . . she has been attending meetings, she has been involved in our executive meetings for quite some times.  I think she's going to be a fantastic owner.  In fact, I know she's going to be a fantastic owner.  She'll be every bit an advocate of New Orleans that Mr. (Benson) was."

You can listen to to Loomis' full interview by clicking the podcast link below.


Mickey Loomis

Saints Executive VP and GM Mickey Loomis talks about his memories of Tom Benson as well as current movements of the team to prepare for next season. 

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