Saints Honor Steve Gleason With Award, Statue And Blocked Punt TD
At the beginning of tonight's Falcons @ Saints game, there must have been dust in my living room, because my eyes got moist watching this:
— NFL (@NFL) October 15, 2015
It was the first NFL game at the SuperDome following Hurricane Katrina and all the atrocities that had happened in that arena. Usually sports are just icing on life's cake, but if any team needed to come through for its city, it was these guys. So about 90 seconds into the game, Steve Gleason came through untouched and blocked the Falcons' punt, which was recovered in the end zone for a TD. How big was that play? They made a statue commemorating it. Unfortunately, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and he is now in a wheelchair with a respirator, but fastforward to tonight, with the same two teams playing in the SuperDome. Gleason was made a guest of honor, was given the George Halas Award, and had that film shown. And then, in the first quarter (just like last time), this happened:
— NFL (@NFL) October 16, 2015
Are you kidding me? I'm not one for divine intervention, and I definitely don't believe any higher powers care about athletic events, but that's spooky and wonderful at the same time. And the moment was best described by the man himself, Steve Gleason:
Hey, Falcons. #NeverPunt -SG
— Steve Gleason (@TeamGleason) October 16, 2015
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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