Saints owner Gayle Benson signs autographs during New Orleans Saints Training Camp held at Tulane University's Yulman Stadium on Sunday, August 5, 2018. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The bottom right-hand drawer of Sean Payton’s desk is reserved for Gayle Benson. It’s stuffed with cards, personal notes and newspaper clippings that the Saints owner has sent the head coach over the years.
Big wins. Awards. Charitable endeavors. Whatever caught Benson’s eye merited a handwritten message.
The personal notes are one of Gayle Benson’s specialties, just one example of the familial management style she has adopted since becoming owner.
Countless Saints and Pelicans employees have received similar notes from Benson at various points in their tenure. Many have them displayed in their offices around the teams’ Metairie headquarters.
“It’s almost like she’s saying, your mom’s not alive anymore to collect these, but I am,” Payton said. “It means a lot.” ...
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