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Will Smith and Hokie Gajan selected for Saints Hall of Fame honors

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The Saints Hall of Fame will honor Will Smith and Hokie Gajan posthumously in October.

The Saints revealed the media selection committee chose Will Smith for induction in 2016. 

Broadcaster and former Saint Hokie Gajan will be honored with the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award for his contributions to the Saints organization. 

Both men died in April. 

Smith played 139 games for the team and started in 107 while with the franchise from 2006-2012. 

Saints General Manager and Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis said, "Will had the talent, leadership ability and work ethic that you look for in a player. In 10 seasons as a Saint, Will more than fulfilled his potential both on and off the field."

Loomis says Smith attacked everything with a "high level of passion, which rubbed off on everyone on our team."

Hokie Gajan spent four seasons as a New Orleans Saint. But, even after he retired, made the team his life. 

Gajan first served as a scout for the team before taking on the role of color analyst for the New Orleans Saints radio network. 

He worked alongside voice of the Saints Jim Henderson starting in 2000. Even in 2015 he continued to work games even after his illness began taking a toll. 

At the time of his death, Henderson expressed his affection for his longtime coworker. 

"I've never known one person say one bad thing about him. Never, ever. And he's so loyal, such a good guy that this is just a testament to what a wonderful person he is," said Henderson.

"First as a player, then as a college scout and later as a broadcaster, Hokie Gajan always had a special bond both with everyone he touched with the New Orleans Saints as well as our fan base," said Loomis. 

The media selection committee voted for the election of both men in early March, before their deaths. 

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