Benson, McAllister headed to Saints HOF

For a change, there is some positive news on the New Orleans Saints.

Team owner Tom Benson and former running back Deuce McAllister have been selected as the 2012 inductees to the Saints Hall of Fame. They were elected by a media selection committee.

McAllister is one of the most popular players in franchise history. He retired holding almost all of the team’s rushing records. Benson hasn’t always been a popular figure with fans, but that’s changed in recent years as the team has enjoyed a streak of unprecedented success since 2006. The Saints won their first Super Bowl title in the 2009 season. Benson, who bought the Saints in 1987, recently bought the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.

The induction will take place Sept. 21 as part of Saints Hall of Fame/All Saints weekend.

Saints radio play-by-play man Jim Henderson will receive the Joe Gemelli Fleur De Lis Award for his contributions to the team. Henderson began working as a color analyst for the Saints Radio Network in 1982 and became the play-by-play man in 1986. Henderson also was the sports director at WWL-TV for 34 years, before retiring from that position in January.

The Saints Hall of Fame also has revealed it will include a legacy gallery in the museum to honor former New Orleans special-team standout Steve Gleason.