New Orleans lost a giant yesterday. Hank Lauricella passed away at 83. Hank Lauricella was quite an incredible man. The Harrahan native was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1951 out of the University of Tennessee. He helped lead the Vols to back to back national championships. He was an iron man on the field, playing offense, defense, and special teams. And was an iron man off the field. Hank Lauricella truly cared about people. You could tell when ever you spoke with him. He really cared about how you were doing. Hank Lauricella was also extremely civic minded, serving in the state legislature for many years. Hank Lauricella didn’t do it for power or ego, quite the opposite. Hank Lauricella did it because he truly cared.
Hank Lauricella, especially for all his incredible accomplishments, was one of the most humble people I’ve ever known. A ultra successful businessman and real estate executive, Hank Lauricella helped build much of modern Jefferson parish. He had his priorities right. He loved his wife Betty, who was his college sweetheart. He loved his family. He loved his friends. And he loved the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. I’m so fortunate I knew Hank Lauricella. He influenced me a lot about how to live your life right. He certainly did. We lost a giant yesterday. Hank Lauricella. He’ll be missed.