|Terry Malone and two of his daughters relish the taste of victory.|
February 24, 2010. “You can’t go into a game that
big without all of your weapons,” said Terry Malone, who
has been the tight ends coach for the New Orleans
Saints for the past four years.
While the Saints fought
for their 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Sun
Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 7, the
Pilgrim Queen was back in Coach Terry Malone’s hotel room.
He had brought his entire family to the game, and
that family included Our Lady.
A member of the family
fact, she had become an increasingly important part of the
family ever since he was first introduced to the Pilgrim
Queen of the Family three years ago. They had just
moved into New Orleans, and a neighbor invited him and
his wife to join. Right away, they felt that there
was something special about having her in their home.
forward so much to her visiting our house, and she
became part of our family,” he said.
|The Malone family together in Miami on Super Bowl Sunday.|
After that, he and
his wife decided to purchase two additional images and send
the Pilgrim Queen out on the road to visit their
extended families. Both Terry and his wife come from a
family of six children each, all of whom live in
different states. So far, both images have made four complete
trips through the entire extended family.
“It has really united our
family to be able to share her with each other.
When the Pilgrim Queen comes to our house, there seems
to be a real peace which is sometimes lacking. Our
relationship with her has developed to the point that our
children and my wife and I miss her when she’s
not with us. When she gets to our front door,
we look forward to spending days with her,” he said.
|The Pilgrim Queen of the Family image.|
time around, the Pilgrim Queen arrived to his front door
just before Terry and his family left for Miami. So
they packed Our Lady with them and headed off to
the Super Bowl.
The Pilgrim Queen with her Saints
week before the game, Our Lady stayed with them in
the hotel as a quiet source of reassurance and peace.
“We were able to say a Rosary and we were
awful glad to have her there,” said Terry. “She’s part
of the family, and having her with us has given
us many special times.”
It also helped him to have her
there at a time when dreams, desires, and tensions were
“There is a lot of pressure and anxiety that
goes into being part of a big game like this,”
he said. “Being in the NFL, every week is highly
publicized and pressurized. But when it all comes down to
|Terry Malone and his wife, Ann.|
one game, it intensifies everything you do. Every step you
take in preparation for a Super Bowl, you analyze, evaluate,
and overanalyze. It can become a real pressure situation if
you allow it to be. So having that opportunity of
a lifetime was very special.”
He added, “She obviously did a
When asked what it was like to experience
the Saints’ victory, he said, “It was a tremendous experience.
It’s hard to explain the emotions involved when you see
all your hard work, dreams, and goals come to fruition.
I was lucky enough to have my whole family there,
and being able to celebrate with them was a really
special moment for all of us.”
At the Super Bowl XLIV,
Our Lady was there behind the scenes, among the coaches;
through the Rosary, she was doing her own sort of
coaching. And in the end, it was only fitting that
the Queen of All Saints should be there when the
Saints went marching in.
For more information about the Pilgrim Queen
of the Family or to order a triptych, visit the
web site at www.pilgrimqueen.org.