View Full Version : Football Saints give Steve Gleason a Super Bowl ring

09-27-2011, 03:42 PM
Nice move by the Saints, awful to hear what the dude is going through; ALS is one of those diseases you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. Here's Gleason's crowning moment.

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Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who has been diagnosed with ALS, was presented with a Super Bowl ring by coach Sean Payton at a surprise party Monday night.

AP Photo/Mike Stewart

Steve Gleason, who revealed Sunday he has been diagnosed with ALS, was the honorary captain for the Saints in their game against the Texans.
The 34-year-old Gleason revealed Sunday that he is battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease; the Saints made him their honorary captain for the game against the Houston Texans. On Monday, besides receiving the ring, Gleason got a key to the city from Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

"At the beginning of the game, I never knew if we were going to win or lose, but I was always certain that I was going to walk out of there with my head held high because I got ready, I had the right people around me and I was going to give it everything I had," Gleason, who retired after the 2008 season, said in a speech Monday. "It's the same now. We're going to give it everything we've got. And I have a calming sense of certainty that we're going to win this thing."

Besides Payton, many of Gleason's former teammates attended the party, including Drew Brees and Scott Fujita.

"This isn't about Steve having ALS," Fujita told the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. "This is about Steve and his contribution to the (2008) team and the championship. He deserved it."

Perhaps Gleason will be remembered most for his blocked punt on the night the Louisiana Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina -- a play that stirred an already emotional crowd into a deafening, drink-spilling frenzy. Landrieu on Monday called that play the greatest in Saints franchise history.

A Washington State standout, Gleason forged an eight-year NFL career in New Orleans as a special teams leader and reserve safety. He settled in New Orleans after retiring.

Gleason is setting up an organization called Team Gleason. Its mission is to improve the lives of those who have ALS, the symptoms of which include gradual paralysis. Most people live three to five years with ALS after diagnosis, though some have lived longer. Research on treatments continues.

09-27-2011, 03:48 PM
Classy move.

09-27-2011, 04:29 PM
That's terrible news. Have a HS classmate losing his battle with ALS right now and it is awful. It makes me cry every single time.

09-27-2011, 04:43 PM
Good for the Saints. Classy move on their part.

09-27-2011, 04:44 PM

09-27-2011, 04:59 PM
Steve Smith a former FB with the Raiders fell victim to this. I had the chance to go out to eat with him and give him a ride to the airport the next day while he was still playing. A great guy other than teasing me about how pretty my wife was and how ugly I was LMAO It is a sad thing to see someone go through~

09-27-2011, 05:18 PM
Having known a few people who suffered with ALS, I can tell you it's one of the saddest and most tragic things you can watch a person go through. I would only wish it on my very worst enemies. My regular enemies and rivals simply don't deserve that shit.

09-27-2011, 05:35 PM
As many have stated it's a devastating disease. I had an uncle pass from it last year. Horrible,horrible thing.

It would be hard not to eat a bullet once things really start going.