ATLANTA -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for a possible concussion after stumbling and hitting his head during the NFL meetings on Tuesday, according to Saints spokesman Greg Bensel.
Benson tripped while exiting the podium during New Orleans' pitch to host the 2018 Super Bowl. He is "doing fine," according to Bensel.
Bensel took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he and Benson were on their way back to New Orleans.
Wheels up after a night in Atlanta- heading back to New Orleans with a healthy Tom Benson - he thanks everyone for their thoughts- Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) May 21, 2014
Wheels up after a night in Atlanta- heading back to New Orleans with a healthy Tom Benson - he thanks everyone for their thoughts
- Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) May 21, 2014
Benson, 86, underwent a minor knee surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus earlier this month. As a result, he didn't fly into Atlanta until late Tuesday morning. But he didn't want to miss New Orleans' push to host the Super Bowl for a record 11th time.
"Following my presentation, I accidentally tripped and hit my head, having had knee surgery just over a week ago," Benson said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, the doctors wanted to clear me before we fly back home [Tuesday]."
Unfortunately, that also didn't work out for New Orleans, since Minneapolis was awarded the game in a vote by the league owners that was considered an upset.
"First, I would like to congratulate Minnesota on securing Super Bowl LII and to applaud Indianapolis on a great bid," Benson said in a statement. "I want to thank the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and everyone from our great city and state that worked tirelessly to put forth the best Super Bowl bid I have ever been a part of. We will be back in the mix to get another Super Bowl to New Orleans soon. As we stated in our presentation, New Orleans is the perfect Super Bowl city."
New Orleans was aiming to use the Super Bowl as a showcase to kick off the city's 300th birthday celebration in 2018.
"I hope he's well and we wish him the very best," Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "I was a little scared to see that happen."