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WhoDat!656 02-17-2013 10:42 AM

Curtis Deloatch Reminisces on Memorable Dunk
 
Former Saints defensive back calls the dunk the biggest moment of his career.


The NBA Slam Dunk Contest takes place Saturday night in Houston. Although tight end Jimmy Graham is the most famous New Orleans Saints dunker, former defensive back Curtis Deloatch executed the most memorable dunk in team history.

On Sept. 25, 2006, during the Saints’ first game in the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina, Deloatch recovered safety Steve Gleason’s memorable blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown, capped off by a thunderous dunk over the goalpost that set off arguably the loudest cheer in the facility’s then 31-year history.

Speaking at the Team Gleason vs. Wounded Warrior Amputees Super Bowl Challenge at Newman High School last month, Deloatch reflected on the historic play.

“If it wasn’t for Steve, my name wouldn’t be carved in history,” said Deloatch. “Thinking back on that night, it was one of the most electrifying events I have ever been a part of. Everywhere I go, people remember that one play. If I am remembered for just that one play for the rest of my life, you can’t be mad at that.”

As Gleason once helped Deloatch make an impact, Deloatch is returning the favor in supporting Gleason’s fight against ALS.

“Steve is a good friend of mine and I haven’t seen him in a while,” said Deloatch. “I understand what is at stake and I just wanted to come here and be here for Steve. What he is doing now, is more important than anything we did on the field.”

Deloatch says the Saints will always have a special place in his heart and that he tries to catch as many games as he can.

“Anytime I come in town or travel to another city to see them play I do,” said Deloatch. “I still stay in touch with some of the guys and I will always root for the Black and Gold.”

There is one current member of the Black and Gold that Deloatch has a message for.

“Next time you see Jimmy Graham tell him I am the one who initiated that dunk in the Dome,” joked Deloatch. “I am a fan of Jimmy Graham but let’s not forget the difference is I am only 6-3 and he is like 6-7. So it’s easier for him.”

Curtis Deloatch Reminisces on Memorable Dunk


Rugby Saint II 02-17-2013 03:23 PM

Re: Curtis Deloatch Reminisces on Memorable Dunk
 
And he's still out helping cheer other people up..........good for him. Good things happen to good people.

QBREES9 02-17-2013 11:12 PM

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Curtis Deloatch, I will always remeber Curtis Deloatch

“Anytime I come in town or travel to another city to see them play I do,” said Deloatch. “I still stay in touch with some of the guys and I will always root for the Black and Gold.”

RockyMountainSaint 02-18-2013 01:14 AM

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Nice 656. Thanks!

Danno 02-18-2013 09:37 AM

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GAWD that still gets me pumped!!!

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saintfan 02-18-2013 03:59 PM

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That moment. Hartley's kick. Porter's pick, and Francisco Cabrera's line drive to left...all great moments in sports that by watching I was involved in in some small way. I will never forget any of them as long as I live.

SaintGup 02-18-2013 05:32 PM

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Does anyone else get a lump in their throat or teary-eyed watching Gleason as he was then? It is something I will never, EVER, forget.

Danno 02-18-2013 05:41 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SaintGup (Post 480507)
Does anyone else get a lump in their throat or teary-eyed watching Gleason as he was then? It is something I will never, EVER, forget.

Dude, I left New Orleans during High School decades ago and I still tear up watching that damn video.

For most Saints fans, it was a Rudy moment.

As far as raw emotion goes, I can't think of a better moment in Saint history, including "Hakim drops the ball" or Porters pick in the Superbowl. I'm willing to wager the vast majority of Saint fans would agree too.

iceshack149 02-19-2013 07:34 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Danno (Post 480509)
Dude, I left New Orleans during High School decades ago and I still tear up watching that damn video.

For most Saints fans, it was a Rudy moment.

As far as raw emotion goes, I can't think of a better moment in Saint history, including "Hakim drops the ball" or Porters pick in the Superbowl. I'm willing to wager the vast majority of Saint fans would agree too.


I was in Fairbanks at my brothers house and nobody was there. I was glad that noone was there. I was able to let my emotion go and act like a kid. There I was, a guy in my twenties stomping around, wagging my finger at the Falcons offense. Watching Gleason block that ball... I could feel the energy from the tv. I must've yawned, I felt a streaming salty discharge flow from my eyes. Rebirth.


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