Saints Quarterback to be Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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New Orleans Saints
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An insurance professional and recipient of a Financial Independent Council Award, Andre Dobison has served as Primerica’s regional vice president for more than three decades. In his spare time, Andre Dobison enjoys following Louisiana sports teams, including the New Orleans Saints.

In August of 2016, New Orleans Saints quarterback Ken Stabler will join other notable professional football professionals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The posthumous achievement was announced in February. Stabler’s class includes football veterans such as wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy, and owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr. The 2016 class, chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee, will be honored and remembered at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

Stabler started for the Saints during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. Under his guidance, the team was a contender for the playoffs and achieved an 8-8 win-loss record for only the second time in the franchise’s history. A recipient of the American Football Conference (AFC) Player of the Year award, Stabler earned a Super Bowl ring and led the league in completion percentage and passer rating during his career.

The NBA New Orleans Pelicans’ History and Name

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New Orleans Pelicans
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Andre Dobison is an Alexandria, Louisiana, resident who has held regional leadership responsibilities with Primerica for decades. An avid basketball fan, Andre Dobison is a longtime supporter of the New Orleans Pelicans. Formerly known as the Hornets, the Pelicans compete in the NBA Western Conference’s Southwest Division.

The team was relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans before the 2002-03 season by owner George Shinn and competed in Louisiana until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina caused a temporary relocation to Oklahoma City. Returning to the Big Easy for the 2007-2008 season, the team played as the Hornets for several seasons until Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan expressed interest in bringing the NBA name back to North Carolina.

The New Orleans franchise conceded the name before the 2013-14 season and selected Pelicans as a replacement. As Louisiana’s state bird, the pelican figures prominently on the state seal and flag. In announcing its decision, the team also brought attention to the pelican’s importance as a symbol representing the health of the state’s coastal wetlands and wildlife, which are being actively restored following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill.