Dave DixonContributor, 1961-2010
Tulane University/New Orleans
- A graduate of Tulane University, Dixon was a major influence on the sport scene of New Orleans, being the driving force behind the New Orleans Saints and the Louisiana Superdome.
- Considered the Father of Professional Football in New Orleans after forming the group which began lobbying for an NFL team in New Orleans in 1962 - that group reached its goal on Nov. 1, 1966 when the NFL awarded its 16th franchise to the Crescent City.
- The driving force behind the building of the Louisiana Superdome (now the Mercedes-Benz Superdome).
- Also was a key player in the development of professional tennis when he created World Championship Tennis (WCT) in 1967, persuading seven of the world's 10 best male players to turn pro.
- Starting in 1980, he began the drive which led to the announcement of a professional football league that played its games in the spring and summer - the United States Football League (USFL), which played three seasons from 1983-85.
- The section of Girod Street between the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena is now named Dave Dixon Drive.
- Born June 4, 1923 and died Aug. 8, 2010 at the age of 87.