“Rebirth” statue unveiled in New Orleans

Nearly seven years after a hurricane devastated the region and nearly six years after one special-teams play in a football game came to represent its return, a statue capturing that moment has been unveiled.

Titled “Rebirth,” the sculpture shows former Saints defensive back Steve Gleason blocking a punt from Falcons punter Michael Koenen.  It happened at the end of the first drive of the first game played in the Superdome after the Hurricane, in September 2006.

Curtis DeLoach recovered the ball in the end zone, and the Saints went on to upset Mike Vick and the Falcons.

The “Rebirth” statue officially debuted earlier today during a ceremony attended by, among others, Gleason, who currently is battling ALS.

(Photo credit:  Greg Bensel, New Orleans Saints V.P. of communications)

7 responses to ““Rebirth” statue unveiled in New Orleans

  1. They should have put up a statue of Roger Goodell instead. He’s the one that prevented the move to San Antonio and coughed up the money to repair the Super Dome.

  2. Not a Saints fan, but I remember watching that game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a moment of football any more compelling from a human standpoint. It sent the right kind of chills up my spine.

  3. kane337 says:Jul 27, 2012 2:34 PM

    They should have put up a statue of Roger Goodell instead. He’s the one that prevented the move to San Antonio and coughed up the money to repair the Super Dome.
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    You’re confusing Der Kommissar with Paul Tagliabue, to whom many Saints fans would love to have a tribute.

  4. How about a statue with a toilet bowl filled with cash? Afterall, that is what the SuperDome was during the hurricane and what the Saints became when they sold their souls to win a Super Bowl.

    Maybe they should have just saved their money and bought the Joe Paterno statue for a dollar. A more shining icon for what is wrong in American sports could not be found!

  5. I can’t even look at this without getting choked up. If you aren’t from here, didn’t experience these things (the storm itself, the possiblity that we would lose the team, and the eventual re-opening), I can’t express to you how important this moment was.

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