Friday, July 27, 2012

Saints unveil Steve Gleason "Rebirth" statue

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The New Orleans Saints unveil the sculpture on Facebook.
  • The New Orleans Saints unveil the sculpture on Facebook.

It's likely the best play ever in New Orleans Saints history: Sept. 25, 2006, during a Monday Night Football game and the first on the field inside the Superdome since December 26, 2004 and surviving Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods. A rematch with division rivals Atlanta Falcons. Safety Steve Gleason successfully blocked a punt by Falcons punter Michael Koenen. Saints cornerback Curtis DeLoatch scrambled the ball into the Falcons’ end zone, and slam dunked the ball to begin the 24-3 victory and start to an immense season.

Team owner Tom Benson commissioned a sculpture, created by artist Brian Hanlon. Under the players, the word "Rebirth" is written in script, flanked by two fleur de lis. The team unveiled it during a conference this morning. (Also, to Koenen, congrats: You are now memorialized in enemy territory.)

Gleason said, "I just don’t want this to be about me and that play. I want it to be about what the play symbolized, which was a commitment by this community to rebuild. This statue is about coming through adversity. It’s about finding your heroes. It’s about commitment and a rebirth for all.”

Last year, Gleason revealed he has been diagnosed with ALS and is raising awareness and funds to combat the disease via his Team Gleason project.

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