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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: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:49 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Stay classy Viking fan....stay classy. Undecided

Gleason has ALS. This is a story about him.

The Vikings LOST the NFC Championship and the redemption game the next season. This is NOT a story about them, or their fans that think the world revolves around them.


Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:17 am

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Wow - I can't believe the immaturity of some of the people who post on these boards who enjoy making a mockery of the English language, sportsmanship, and mutual respect.  I respect a person's right to free speech but that does not mean I don't have the right to say that people are morons when they question the outcome of a game that occurred two years ago.  To that idiot I will say - you're probably right about that game - I do remember a lot of blown calls but I also remember a big interception that sealed the team's fate because the QB would not and could not admit that he was past his prime - that same arrogant jerk came back the next season and promptly destroyed a locker room, got a coach fired, and made his own rules and in the process destroyed a very good team's chances to put together a playoff/championship run. 

Now to discuss what is really important - a man who has been handed a death sentence who is still playing until he can no longer play.  ALS is a tragic disease that it seems is bigger than any fundraiser we can hold to help find a cure.  In recent years there have been successes relative to drugs that can prolong a person who has been diagnosed with ALS' life - but that person still has to deal with the fact that they have been told that they will eventually lose control of all of their neurological functions and will die from a disease.  I think that some of the most cruel diseases are the ones that result in the downward spiral of a human being such as muscular dystrophy (MD, MDS), Alzheimer's Dissease (Demensia), and ALS (Lou Gherig's disease).  With these three diseases you essentially watch someone you love or respect slowly deteriorate in front of you.  At least with a heart ailment people usually do not live through prolonged periods of suffering and usually quickly die - most of the time people with agressive forms of cancer often die quickly too which is a blessing because you do not have to see the people slowly die. 
I hope that the Saints continue to honor Gleason's plight, the rigors and sadness brought about from an ALS dianosis and that they continue to raise money for research towards a cure.  I think it is fantastic that the City of New Orleans and the tema have honored Gleason.

Now, I do have one question.  I have re-read this article several times and I do not understand why the team waited two years to provide Gleason with his Superbowl ring.  Am I missing something when I read this story?  Am I misunderstanding the story altogether and Gleason was not even on the team and was given a Superbowl ring even though he wasn't on the team - sort of like a distinguished person earning an honorary doctorate from a university when that person provides the commencement address?  If someone could clear that up for me, that would be fantastic because I'm confused.

I wish Gleason well and I can only hope and pray that his suffering is minimized and that when it is time for him to go that he did not suffer tremendously throughout his ordeal.  Life can be cruel at times and ALS seems like one of the most cruel things to be told you are going to die from.  Much love and respect to Gleason for playing through the ailment while he still can.     &

Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:23 pm

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Ill gotten?
The game is the game.Favre did what he usually did.I won 50 bucks when I bet,just seconds before the ball was snapped, that Favre would throw that INT.Easiest money I ever made!Always put himself above his team.Chance to win,did NOT.Blame the officials if you like,or the school system that let you pass English class,for that matter.
Regardless(or as you might say"irregardless),that has nothing to do with the story of this man and his tragic plight.(That means fate,or hopeless situation).
To cheapen this story with a revisitation of what you consider a "genuine" tragedy,a Goddamn football game ,no less,is very telling about your character,Sir. 

You stated that the officiating was a "mackery" and called into question the "refs".For your edification,those calls were made by officials other than the "single" referee working the game,and while I searched for the meaning of the word "mackeray",I obtained no satisfactory definitions of such.
I wish the people who loved this  man as something other than a football player peace in their lives,as I have seen first hand a person that I dearly loved deteriorate before my eyes. 

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:23 pm

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

Grow up freakin moron.  This goes way beyond your pathetic rant.  Save it for someone who cares.

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:07 pm

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

While feeling sorry for this guy a ton because how much I have heard about him from all my friends in new orleans, i cant help but say that they should give rings to everyone for the last 10 years. They did not beat the vikings. That game was given to them by the nfl. They never should have been there. It was mackery of this game that we love and that superbowl win should have an asterisk by it. Regardless of fumbnles of 1 pick thrown by favre, this was a 30 point beatdown erased by the nfl and its wonderful refs that "always" make the right calls. They benifitted from at least 5 BS pas interference calls(at least) and almost ALL of those came on 3rd and long. The one in overtime was a joke. GLEASON is a TRUE warrior but I think he should be recognized for what he has done and is still doing not for getting an ill gotten SB ring. This man is a saint in every sense of the word and should be in the news for WAY more than this.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:57 pm

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

please don't ruin this with your foul mouth.

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:56 pm




Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:54 pm

Here is the Paul Harvey moment of the story

I have to agree with a previous post.  The article is lacking in substance, however it did cause me to look for more detail.  If you want a gut wrenching story look here -



I also throw my hat in with everyone else.  This was special for them to share a ring with him.  I really like what he said about leaving a video library for his kids.  Special type of person!  Wish him the best of luck!

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:38 pm

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

he did not play on superbowl team but was a key part in the rebuilding of the team after the hurricane.  In first game back to dome after Katrina on Monday night Gleason blocked a punt on atlanta that led to a TD and the dome was rocking

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:34 pm

Gleason given Super bowl ring, key to city

This story has significant holes.  The author should have explained that Gleason did or did not play for the Super Bowl team.  One would assume he would have already gotten a ring if he did play on that team, but the Fujita quote raises doubt.  Heartbreaking/heartwarming story, but not told very well. 

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