On Thursday, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said that they’re working on creating a statue to commemorate Steve Gleason’s blocked punt from 2005.
Payton says they recognize Gleason’s play as a major turning point in the Saints’ franchise history.
“We’re working on, and have a long-term vision of a statue right there in Champions Square of him blocking that punt,” Payton said. “And it really represents more than the actual play itself. That play really represents what was the re-opening of the Superdome and the beginning of us kind of picking ourselves back off the mat as a city and getting back to what we know as a normal way of life.”
Payton also announced an event called Gleason Gra, which will take place to raise money for Team Gleason. Team Gleason helps those who suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is what Gleason himself is currently fighting.
“One thing about this city is we’ve always found a way to rally around difficult times or a person in need,” Payton said. “And I know that this a great cause. So it’s easy for me then to sit here and talk about our willingness to help, and I think our fans and the people who have met Steve Gleason or at least know him even a little will find an opportunity to support this.”