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Reaction to passing of New Orleans sportswriter Peter Finney

Source: Finney family, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Source: Finney family, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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Long time New Orleans sportswriter Peter Finney passed away, Saturday morning, at the age of 88. Following the news of his passing, some have posted their reactions. 

The following is a statement from New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson: 

“Peter Finney has been a long time contributor to the sports coverage in our city for as long as I can remember. He is someone that our city should celebrate and cherish his legacy. My wife Gayle and I personally have respected him and his work, and certainly he has had a major impact on sports in our city. He told the story of the Saints to generations of readers and he helped grow not only fan interest in the Saints but in our great city covering Super Bowls for years. He will be missed and we are truly sorry about his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family during this time.”

The following is a statement from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: 

Pete was a true New Orleans legend.

For decades, fans of our beloved New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers and Tulane Green Wave looked to Pete to sum up the emotions after both exhilarating wins and tough losses. He provided the people of this city and state with a front row seat to the biggest sports moments of the last century. 

My thoughts and prayers are with his family, as well as with his extended family at the Times-Picayune. 

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