Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson prior to a game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The Saints players enjoy practicing in the cool mountains of West Virginia, but their boss is having some problems with the altitude there. Tom Benson, who is 87 years old, was taken to a local hospital to receive oxygen, and a team spokesman said it was a result of elevation.
The Greenbrier Resort has a 2,000-foot elevation. This is a huge difference from New Orleans which is below sea-level.
Previously on July 29, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson was treated for dehydration and taken to a hospital but was able to return to practice on July 31. At that time, Benson was taken to an emergency room at a West Virginia hospital and was given fluids before being released.
Our thoughts and prayers go up for Mr. Benson.
UPDATE: Tom Benson was released from the hospital and appears to be doing well per Greg Bensel of the Saints.