NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk still remembers the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, especially his alma mater, G.W. Carver High in the upper Ninth Ward.
"I walked through the school with tears in my eyes because everything that I had known, everything that I had left behind, that legacy - it was gone, and for a long time it looked as if that's how it was going to remain," Faulk said.
But now that legacy is being rebuilt, thanks to dozens of community members determined to give the students of Carver a new football field.
It was called the Ninth Ward Field of Dreams, but today, the group that has raised more than $1.3 million to construct the stadium unveiled their vision now dubbed the "Marshall Faulk Field of Dreams" after the schools most notable alumni.
"If there's just one more, that comes off this field who gets an opportunity to live their dreams - like I have gotten a chance to - it's worth it, I want you to know it is worth it," Faulk said in front of a crowd of supporters.
Students are eager to see the state-of-the-art field, which will boast at least 5,000 seats, a video replay board, and VIP suites.
"It's a dream come true because I always wanted to think that I would be in the NF. My momma told me don't think of it as a dream, just say I'm gonna be there, and the angels will lead you there. Put in the work, and all the work is going to play out," said Quinton Matthews, the school's current quarterback.
Many leaders in the community say the field embodies the growth in the area following Katrina.
"This is what we are about. We're that kinda people, and I'm gonna say something and I'm sure a lot of people will agree with this - sometimes tragedy happens and it can break people apart, but for whatever reason, tragedy happened and it pulled this city closer together," Faulk said.
The group is still looking for another $2.3 million to complete the project, but hopes to have the field in place for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.