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.