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Saints Hall of Fame announces tickets on sale for Induction Luncheon, Gala

The events will take place on Friday, Oct. 30

Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster to the 27th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 30 at noon at Chateau Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd. in Kenner and for the 16th Annual Saints Hall of Fame All Saints Night Gala on Friday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Club XLIV and Encore at Champions Square.

The induction luncheon will feature 2015 Saints Hall of Fame inductees in former Saints players and New Orleans area natives Tyrone Hughes and Michael Lewis while SMG Executive Vice President Doug Thornton will receive the Joe Gemelli Fleur De Lis award.

A star at St. Augustine High School, Hughes was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round out of Nebraska in 1993. He played four seasons for the Saints, covering 63 games.

Hughes returned 116 punts for an average of 9.1 yards per return with two touchdowns and returned 229 kickoffs for an average of 25 yards per return and three touchdowns. He was named first team All-Pro in 1993 and was chosen for the Pro Bowl as a return specialist that season.

Defensively, Hughes had four interceptions and four fumble recoveries and was in on 67 tackles. He holds the NFL record for the most kickoff return yards in a single game (304) when he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 23, 1994. He also holds the league record for the most combined kickoff/punt return yards in a game (347).

An alumnus of Grace King High School, Lewis joined his hometown NFL team in 2000, where he played for seven seasons, covering 63 games.

Lewis returned 142 punts for an average of 10.4 yards per return with one touchdown and returned 243 kickoffs for an average of 24.3 yards per return and three touchdowns. He was named first team All-Pro in 2002 and was chosen for the Pro Bowl as a return specialist that season.

Offensively, Lewis had 28 receptions for 553 yards and one touchdown and rushed two times for 17 yards. He was part of an NFC Western Division champion in 2000, the first-ever New Orleans Saints team to win a playoff game, and part of the 2006 squad that reached the NFC Championship game.

Thornton joined SMG in 1997 and oversees seven separate municipal accounts on the Gulf Coast.

During his tenure at SMG, Thornton has been a leader in producing several high profile events, including two Super Bowls, the Men's and Women's NCAA Final Four, two BCS Championship football games, the Essence Music Festival, the annual Sugar Bowl Classic and many more.

Thornton stayed in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina and helped shepherd the facility renovation in luring the Saints back to New Orleans in time for the 2006 season. He has worked closely with the New Orleans Saints throughout his tenure.

For more information, call (504) 471-2192 or e-mail saintshalloffame@aol.com.

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