Memories of Domecoming: Through the Lens of Father and Son

ESPN re-aired Saints first game back in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
Posted at 10:06 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 23:09:14-04

When you think of September 25th, 2006, for Saints fans, one word comes to mind: Domecoming.

That was the New Orleans Saints first home game in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.

There's also one name that stands out that night above the rest: Gleason.

Defensive back Steve Gleason's blocked punt led to Curtis Deloatch scoring a TD in the opening minutes of the contest. That moment ignited a roar hard to duplicate in the dome. His blocked punt sparked not only a victory that night over the rival Falcons, but ultimately a new era of New Orleans that ultimately led to a Super Bowl 44 Victory.

But for residents of New Orleans and the Gulf region, that may not even be the most memorable part of that night. As someone affected by the storm who also attended that Monday Night Football classic, I sat down with my dad to recap the emotions of the night and what the game truly symbolized.