Last night, HBO’s Real Sports ran a feature on former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, and if you didn’t catch it, set your DVRs and make sure you watch this episode.
Gleason – a special teams standout for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2007 – played an important role in helping to re-inspire the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, when he blocked a punt during the team’s first game back in the Superdome. But just three years after retiring from the game, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease.
The illness – which studies show is expedited by the head trauma suffered by NFL players – has quickly robbed Gleason of his basic motor skills. But with his brain fully functioning, Gleason continues to fight to live life to the fullest and inspire others with his story. Living by mottos such as “Let’s focus on drinking up as much life as possible”, if you can make it through this segment without tearing up, you should get yourself checked out to make sure you still have a heart.
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