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Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:22 pm
GleasonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The other day we told you about the story, written by the New Orleans Times Picayune that revealed that former Saints standout special teams player Steve Gleason had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, at the age of 34.

While the nasty disease has no known cure and Gleason eventually will lose all control of his body movement, he’s remained optimistic while raising funds and awareness for the malady. The TP story -- and Gleason’s admission -- was cited by the Saints in their comeback victory against the Texans, and evidently, the story touched the city of New Orleans.

That was evident Monday night when the Saints presented Gleason with a Super Bowl XLIV ring and city mayor Mitch Landrieu also gave Gleason a key to the city during a private party, according to the Times Picayune.

"At the beginning of the game, I never knew if we were going to win or lose, but I was always for 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 said during a six-minute speech. "It's the same now. We're going to give it everything we've got. I have a calming sense of certainty that we're going to win this thing."

Said Scott Fujita, who attended the event: “This isn't about Steve having ALS. This is about Steve and his contribution to the 2009 team and the championship. He deserved it."

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Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:57 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Dear Paterik6,

Please actually look at the play by play of the NFC Championship game of the Saints and the Vikings to be able to claim the facts you did.  

"They (the Saints) benefitted (sic) from at least 5 BS pas (sic) interference calls, at least, and almost ALL of those came on 3rd and long." 

A quick peek at the actual game log:

3rd and 6 at NO 43D.Brees pass incomplete short right to M.Colston. PENALTY on MIN-A.Allen, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced at NO 43 - No Play.

1st and 10 at MIN 41D.Brees pass incomplete short left to D.Thomas. PENALTY on MIN-B.Leber, Defensive Pass Interference, 12 yards, enforced at MIN 41 - No Play. 

I have done you a favor and pulled the two penalties assessed on the the Vikings.  You allege that "at least" 5 pass interference calls went in the Saints favor in the game.  At a glance, it is obvious that there were not in fact even "5" pass interference calls.

 In fact, the first penalty was for "defensive holding" which can be construed as an intereference in a passing play, but let's stick to with what was actually called which was  "defensive holding."  Granted the defensive holding was called on a 3rd and long.

Looking at the next penalty, you can see that it was an actual pass interference call.  However, this was not on 3rd down.  It was first down.  Therefore, the one pass interference call came on first down and not on a 3rd down.  Thus, "almost all of those came on 3rd and long" is wrong on it's face.

Looking at the calling as a whole, Saints received 9 penalties for 88 yards while the Vikings received 5 penalties for 32 yards.  Can I make a quick note that you asserted that there were "at least" 5 BS pass interference calls.  This is alleging that there could have possibly been more than 5 bad pass interference calls.  However, there were ONLY 5 penalties against the Vikings.  The Saints were penalized almost twice as much!

What baffles me even more, paterik6, is that I can see that you are a Steelers fan.  Why did you take it upon yourself to even criticize the the legitimacy of the Saints Super Bowl?  The article at hand is showing a classy gesture by the Saints organization, yet you have taken it upon yourself to criticize their ability to even perform this gesture.  

Are you trying to lessen the honor that is being bestowed upon Gleason? And to what end?  Think before you speak.

Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:53 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

hey go dogs   paterik 6 is right  they never won that nfc championship game against minnesota it was a gift that was handed to them by the nfl refs even after the game they admit they blew alot of calls that cost minnesota the victory even the nfl apologized to minnesota for the terrible officiating in that game and said minnesota should have won  so as much as you dont agree with go dogs comments why dont you go back and watch that game again and then tell me wether or not minnesota got screwed in that game. now i respect what this guy has done and his accomplishments but a superbowl ring ?  really?  why dont they pay for his treatment and see if theres any doctors out there who can get a cure for this disease?  

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:25 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Prayers for this guy....first Ive read of this but very sad ....I really look up to the saints for being a classy franchsie

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:15 am

Why Steve is just now getting the ring and key

The reason that the ring and key are just now being given is that Steve just went public with his illness in the last few days.  He was not a member of the Super Bowl winning team, however, he was on the team when they returned to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.  He was the one who blocked the punt that eventually led to the first touchdown of the game.  Steve is a well-respected resident of the City of New Orleans who continues to represent our city and team with pride, even in these dark days of his personal life.  Most posts here applaud the Saints for their "classy" actions and I agree.  That's just how these guys or lose.  Geaux Saints!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:00 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

paterik6 - Go out and lay with the other turds in the yard.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:27 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Greetings !!!    Now, THIS is "class" and a CLASS ACT by the team AND by the city's mayor !!!!

am VERY pleased they have honored Steve as they have !!!!

WHAT a CLASS ACT(S) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:05 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

     GoPokes, a great post- 5 stars all the way.  My wife's aunt died a couple of years ago from this tragic disease.  I wish Mr. Gleason all the best in his fight and I applaud the Saints for their gesture. 

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:45 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

I actually got to meet Mr. Gleason at an American Cancer Society fund raiser in New Orleans a few years back.  He is one of the best people I have ever met!  He is and always be a true Saint!  Keep your head up Steve Gleason, You can and will beat this!

As for the jackhole traching this story whining about BS calls and asterick Chanpionships.  You're a d-bag!  Just face it, your boys lost and the Saints won.  Favre threw a pick, Peterson couldn't hold on to the ball and you guys got beat!  Suck it up and get over it!

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:12 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Very classy move by the Saints and Benson.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:52 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

the guy has a life ending disease. who cares if he did or did not play for them when then won the sb. they are showing respect for his time with the team by giving him a ring. why is that such a bad thing for some people?

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