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New Orleans Saints honor journalist Peter ‘Champ’ Clark

15th December 2011   ·   0 Comments

The Louisiana Weekly staff reports

Two-time Xavier University of Louisiana graduate Peter W. “Champ” Clark is one of 10 New Orleans sports journalists and publicists honored by the New Orleans Saints with press-box plaques in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints spokesman Justin Macione said the plaques would be displayed on the third row of the press box in time for the Saints’ Monday home game against the New York Giants.

Clark, who died in 2006 at age 92, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Xavier. He was a pioneering and award-winning African-American journalist, writing for a variety of publications and doing play-by-play of Xavier basketball games on radio.

The Saints Hall of Fame awarded Clark in 2001 with its Joe Gemelli Fleur De Lis Award for contributions to the franchise.

“My dad was the whole nine yards,” Clark’s son Mark said. “He was gumbo, he was French bread, he was a snowball, and he was a neighbor sitting on your front porch. He never stopped trying to figure out ways to improve our city.”

Bill Curl, Buddy Diliberto, Peter Finney, Hap Glaudi, Wayne Mack, Bruce Miller, Bob Roesler, Jerry Romig and Frank Wilson are the Saints’ other honorees.

This article originally published in the December 12, 2011 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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