Steve Gleason will become the first NFL player to ever receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The House of Representatives voted unanimously to present the former Saints player with the award for the work he has done to raise awareness for ALS.
Gleson who played for the Saints from 2000-2006 was diagnosed with ALS back in 2011. The disease attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Gleason is a huge icon in New Orleans, where he famously blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in the Saints’ first game at the Super Dome after Hurricane Katrina.
Congrats to Steve and the Saints for this amazing accomplishment.