Local Leaders React to Dave Dixon's Passing

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Condolences are pouring in for Dave Dixon, the man credited in helping to bring professional football to the Crescent City and building the Superdome.

Tom Benson, owner of the Saints, calls Dixon a distinguished civic leader who took immense pride in calling New Orleans his home. But Benson isn't the only one praising Dixon and his work on behalf of the Saints.

City Council President Arnie Fielkow said in a statement released Sunday, "Today I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great community leader and a great personal friend, Dave Dixon. My wife and I became close friends of Dave and his entire family, and he often wisely counseled me both during my tenure with the New Orleans Saints and thereafter as a New Orleans city councilman at large. The fact that New Orleans is now a NFL championship city is in many ways testament to Dave's vision, leadership and perseverance in insuring that our city became a part of the NFL family. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Dixon family."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu also released a statement Sunday saying, "It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Mr. David Dixon, one of the most visionary civic leaders in New Orleans' 300-year history. Mr. Dixon's work to bring professional football to New Orleans and to envision and make the idea of the Superdome a reality transformed this city and the state of Louisiana forever. He was truly a man ahead of his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

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