May 10, 1994 |
The NFL lost one of its most popular and progressive executives Sunday night when Jim Finks, 66, died in New Orleans after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Finks, a consultant to the New Orleans Saints at the time of his death, rebuilt three struggling NFL franchises into playoff teams before nearly being named NFL commissioner in 1989.
May 9, 1994 |
Jim Finks, 66, the man credited with turning around the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, died Sunday night. Finks, a heavy smoker, had battled lung cancer since April 19, 1993. Doctors diagnosed an advanced case of the disease when he went to the hospital two weeks ago. He underwent chemotherapy but was able to return to work only once and retired shortly before the 1993 training camp.
July 15, 1993 |
Jim Finks, who helped turn the New Orleans Saints into an NFL playoff team, resigned Wednesday as the team's general manager and president. Finks, 65, was told in April that he had lung cancer and was limited to consulting with team officials by telephone on contract negotiations since undergoing chemotherapy. "I have received good reports from my doctors," Finks said in a statement issued by Saint owner Tom Benson.
July 7, 1993 |
Two days before the NFL draft last April, executives of the New Orleans Saints realized that there was something terribly wrong with their general manager. During 18-hour discussions about the future of the franchise, Jim Finks twice acted out of character. First, he ordered everybody to the golf course. "He said, 'We've had enough, let's get out of here,' " recalled Jim Miller, the team's vice president of administration. "We thought, Jim Finks is doing this right now?
May 1, 1993 |
Doctors confirmed that Jim Finks, 65, president and general manager of the New Orleans Saints, has lung cancer. "I don't know if it's one lung or both, but he will receive chemotherapy," a team spokesman said. "It could even begin this weekend."
January 27, 1992 |
New Orleans Saint General Manager Jim Finks, 64, was discharged from a Minneapolis hospital after being treated for two days because of chest pains.