As Gleason suggests, the statue has meaning that transcends one play or sports as a whole. If you're from New Orleans and you were a Saints fan the year before that season, you know the depths from which the city and the organization came back to make that moment possible. Everything that culminated from the very instant Hurricane Katrina hit the coastline to Gleason lining up across a long snapper in the newly refurnished Superdome is represented in that statue. The fact that the Saints would win the Super Bowl title in 2009 also has a part of that statue. And who better than Steve Gleason to be the flag bearer for that symbol? A symbol of rebirth, perseverence, strength, courage in the face of disaster, and maybe a little faith too.
That moment in Saints history is one we would never forget as fans anyway, and being there in person on that glorious day makes it obviously quite special to me. Still, it's memory being on display makes it all the more glorified and special - something New Orleans, Steve Gleason, and the Saints deserve given everything they've been through.
I have been following NFL for just 3 years, been a Saints fan since then (since the beginning of 2009 because I loved they play style of the Saints btw, not since them winning the superbowl). The single most great moment I remember personally is Porters Int in the superbowl. But the blocked punt and the story behind it, the person Steve is and his courage and his disease... That is more special to me then Porters Int. It makes me proud to be a Saints fan, to feel connected to a city that went trough tragedy and trough that tragedy came back stronger. The whole Saints story after Cathrina is a rolemodel for how to turn things around. Instead of sitting there moping about how life sucks things were picked up. You can't change the past. You can only accept it and move on. Steve Gleason is the personification of this. No white flags!
@MarijnPessers 2009 was a good time to start! Trust me, it wasn't pretty before 2006... pretty much ever.