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Mercedes-Benz’s ‘10 Years Stronger’ program highlights New Orleans’ ‘strength and competitive spirit’

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We all know the story of what happened 10 years ago, so there’s no need to recount it over again. But what we will tell about is the 10 Years Stronger program launched on August 19 by Mercedes-Benz.
“Since 2005, The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted spectacular moments that symbolize the city’s strength and competitive spirit,” explained Mercedes-Benz. “Focusing on the people and plays that have made New Orleans 10 Years Stronger following Hurricane Katrina, fans voted on their favorite plays from the last 10 years with four of them being highlighted at games this season.”
For former New Orleans Saints player Deuce McAllister, Steve Gleason comes to mind when thinking about his favorite plays. “My favorite moment has to be Gleason’s blocked punt against the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 in the Saints’ first home game after Hurricane Katrina,” Deuce said. “It was nothing short of magical. The feeling of coming back to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first time after Katrina, in front of our home fans was truly special. You could feel the energy of the people in the stands. It was truly an amazing moment that transcended sports and was indicative of the spirit and determination of New Orleans.”
New Orleanians are no strangers to spirit, determination, and resilience. “You never truly know the strength of someone until he or she is faced with adversity,” added Deuce. "I think the resilience of New Orleans stems from the sense of community and history. At halftime of this season’s home opener, Mercedes-Benz and the Saints honored local heroes who helped New Orleans rebuild. There are countless examples of locals coming to the aide of their neighbors, friends and complete strangers. It’s because of those selfless actions that now, 10 years later, we’re stronger than ever.” 
He continued, “For a time following Hurricane Katrina, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was, to many, the only place they could call home. I don’t think the people of New Orleans will ever forget that.  And from a community perspective, there’s nothing like Saints game day. The people of New Orleans have really embraced the Saints and vice versa. We’re a family, and come Sundays, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is still home for us all.”
This week’s highlight for the 10 Years Stronger program is Garrett Hartley’s NFC Championship clinching kick in 2010 against the Minnesota Vikings that sent the Saints to their first Super Bowl. Man, we still get chills remembering that moment!
“It was just surreal. Amazing!” confirmed Deuce. “From where we were to that moment, everything came full circle. It was a validating moment for the franchise and for the city of New Orleans. We made it. I have goose bumps myself now just thinking about it!”
Deuce concluded, “As a player who spent his entire career with the Saints, I’ve experienced the strength and resiliency the people of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast have displayed the last decade. 10 Years Stronger is a way to honor this incredible community by reliving great moments from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – an iconic place that played such an incredible role in our city’s revitalization. Plays made on and off the field helped make New Orleans 10 Years Stronger, and I’m proud to be a part of a program that recognizes that.”
For more information about 10 Years Stronger, please visit the website
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