Anthony Davis humbled to be honorary pallbearer for Tom Benson’s funeral
Anthony Davis, along with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, will be among the honorary pallbearers at Tom Benson’s funeral on Friday. And the New Orleans Pelicans superstar is understandably humbled by such an honor.
The Saints and Pelicans owner passed away last week and will be laid to rest on Friday. Among the luminaries expected to attend are NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
But for Davis, who had a very close relationship with Benson, the fact that Benson’s widow, Gayle, asked him to be an honorary pallbearer means a lot.
“It means a lot for everybody that Mr. B knows, and Mrs. B knows,” Davis said of being afforded such a distinguished role in Benson’s funeral, via The Times-Picayune. “For me to be honorary pallbearer, it’s an honor for sure. There’s plenty of people she could’ve chose. For me to be one of those people, it’s a special moment for me and I’m going to cherish it as long as I live.”
The Pelicans drafted Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, which came only months after Benson acquired the team. Davis in a tweet said he will be “forever indebted” to both Benson and his wife.
Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry, Saints head coach Sean Payton and Saints administrative director Jay Romig will join Davis and Brees as honorary pallbearers. Various Saints and Pelicans executives, along with others close to the Benson family, will serve as official pallbearers at Friday’s funeral.