Retired receiver Joe Horn to Saints owner Tom Benson: “If you ever need me for anything, I’ll be there”

Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame yesterday, James Varney reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Horn, the franchise’s all-time leader with 50 touchdown catches, was inducted in front of 500 people including team owner Tom Benson and fellow Saints Hall of Famers Morten Andersen, Stan Brock and Tom Dempsey at the Landmark Hotel in Metairie. Also honored were the team’s long-time equipment managers Dan Simmons and Silky Powell.

Horn singled out Benson in his induction speech. “Turning to face Benson directly on the dais,” Varney wrote, “Horn thanked him for his support and for giving him and his family an opportunity to thrive in New Orleans.”

Said Horn, “Mr. Benson, if you ever need Joe Horn for anything, you can call me, and I’ll be here. I love the Saints.”

Benson (above left, with Horn) called Horn “one of my favorite players” and “the heart and soul of the New Orleans Saints for a long time.”

A portrait of Horn that will hang in the Saints Hall of Fame in the Superdome (above center in background) was unveiled. Horn will also be honored on the field at the Superdome during tomorrow’s game against Cleveland.

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