Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
METAIRIE, La. ― Those who follow the Saints – and maybe even those who don’t – recognize Steve Gleason’s blocked punt as an integral part of the team’s and city’s history.
On Thursday, Saints coach Sean Payton said the team is working on memorializing the special teams play for future generations to remember it by.
“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’s announcement of the vision coincided with his explanation of Gleason Gras, an event aimed at raising money for Team Gleason, which helps with The Gleason Initiative Foundation (a 501c3 working to help those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and the Gleason Family Trust.
Gleason announced his fight with ALS in September.
Gleason Gras will take place Nov. 27 in Champions Square and includes music and food along with autograph sessions with Saints players.
“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.”