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- Oct 16, 2001
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- Across the River
Superdome serves as rallying point
By Kevin Goheen
Watching Monday night football games isn't out of the ordinary for Bengals defensive tackle Shaun Smith. Smith was particularly paying attention to the game on Sept. 25.
That was the night the Louisiana Superdome - which like the rest of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region took the brunt of Mother Nature's force in the form of Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005 - reopened and hosted the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.
Smith played in five games for the Saints in 2004 before coming to the Bengals. He envisioned the atmosphere inside the Superdome for that Monday night game as he watched his TV.
"I know that the adrenaline was pumping because I know the struggle that they had to go through last season," said Smith, reflecting during an open locker room interview this week. "I've still got good friends on the team and I talk to them. There's a lot of support. As they say: 'The dome be rockin'. "
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