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New England Patriots head football coach Bill Belichick, right, answers a question from a reporter at the coaches breakfast during the NFL owners meetings, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for NFL)
March 27, 2018 - 4:15 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the NFL Meetings (all times local): 5 p.m. NFL owners rewrote the rule on using the crown of the helmet, making it a 15-yard penalty to initiate any hit with it. Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, called it "a significant change," noting that it...
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Kristian Garic
March 26, 2018 - 3:05 pm
New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson always thought she could eventually become the owner of the two teams, and less than two weeks into her ownership, we are starting to learn more about her. 03-26-18 Gayle Benson.MP3 Benson says she doesn't have any hobbies -- work is her hobby. "I...
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Chris Miller
March 23, 2018 - 3:13 pm
Following the funeral for Tom Benson, mourners gathered outside St. Louis Cathedral for a traditional jazz funeral procession. As the horse-drawn hearse brought the casket along Charters Street, the band played the traditional dirge, before breaking into a joyous second-line in celebration of...
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Chris Miller
March 22, 2018 - 1:34 pm
One of the greatest players to wear a fleur-de-lis, Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen, paid his last respects to Tom Benson today. Andersen got a little emotional as he reminisced about his time with the Saints and his memories of Benson. "Mr. Benson and I had a really good, trusting relationship...
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Chris Miller
March 21, 2018 - 3:22 pm
Players, coaches, and executives with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans will help lay Tom Benson to rest Friday. Team executive Dennis Lauscha told The New Orleans Advocate that Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Pelican forward Anthony Davis, Saints coach Sean Payton, and Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry...
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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
March 21, 2018 - 1:36 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The NFL's catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee. One of the first orders of business when the league's annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, will be a proposal by the committee to...
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Chris Miller
March 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm
New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson appears to have completely cut Renee Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc, and Ryan LeBlanc out of his will, according to a report in The New Orleans Advocate . "I specifically provide that Renee Benson, Rita LeBlanc, Ryan LeBlanc, and all of their...
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Chris Miller
March 16, 2018 - 4:55 pm
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis today remembered Tom Benson as a man who inspired him and taught him a lot. Mickey Loomis "We talked a lot about you know things like loyalty and integrity and doing things the right way," Loomis said. Loomis said Benson valued the people working for...
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Chris Miller
March 16, 2018 - 4:04 pm
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton guest-wrote a column for Sports Illustrated 's Monday Morning Quarterback website in which he remembers late team owner Tom Benson. "The city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are in mourning, and should be. Tom Benson—a giant of an owner in all...
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Chris Miller
March 16, 2018 - 3:32 pm
The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans today released the following statement from Gayle Benson, Tom Benson's widow: A message from Owner Gayle Benson to Saints fans 'Thank you for your unwavering devotion to our teams and city' While we are heartbroken by the loss of my husband, we are also...
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