Peter FinneySportswriter, 1946-present
Jesuit High School/Loyola University
New Orleans States-Item/New Orleans Times-Picayune
After graduating from Jesuit High school at the age of 17, Peter Finney began his career as a journalist covering sports for the Times-Picayune (The States Item). During the course of his career, Finney has chronicled the history of the New Orleans Saints. The Nov. 1966 edition of the paper trumpeted the arrival of the franchise: "N.O. Goes Pro!" The byline was Finney's. He also covered the Saints Super Bowl title in 2010. In addition, he has given fans of New Orleans sports an on-going perspective of LSU football, including the national championships in 1958, 2004, and 2007. Finney has interviewed numerous legendary athletes, including Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Mohammed Ali. During his tenure, Finney served as the Sports Editor at the Times-Picayune and his 67-year career continues today as a columnist for the Times Picayune. As a student-athlete at Loyola University New Orleans, Finney was a starter on the basketball team as a junior and senior year for the Wolf Pack. After graduating as a two-year letter winner, Finney took the helm as head coach of the "Wolfpups", Loyola's freshmen basketball team. He led the squad to be the New Orleans SAAU Champions. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Finney served as the Sports Information Director for the Wolf Pack, providing game results and stats to local media outlets. Finney received the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He has also been inducted into the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame (2013), the LSU Manship School of Communications Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Writer's Hall of Fame. He has been named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Columnist of the Year four times and in 1989 he received the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism. He was also named Sportswriter of the Year for Louisiana from the National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Association 17 times. In 1971, he was named the Jesuit High School Alumnus of the Year.