|Gleason, right, attends a Saints game earlier in the season with Joe Unitas. (US Presswire)|
There was a scary moment at the Superdome on Monday night when former Saints player Steve Gleason, in town for an ALS fundraiser, was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.
As photos of Gleason's fundraiser, which was attended by Sean Payton, were being shown on Monday's telecast, Mike Tirico explained that the Saints informed the press Gleason was "non-responsive" and taken with his wife to the hospital.
The Saints announced it shortly thereafter on Twitter.
Steve Gleason was taken by ambulance from the Superdome to the hospital. He is responsive and alert— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 6, 2012
Gleason, who played for the Saints from 2000 to 2007, was part of one of the more emotional football moments in New Orleans history, when he blocked a punt against the Falcons during the prime-time reopening of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.
He was also, unfortunately, indirectly involved in the bounty scandal when filmmaker Sean Pamphilon published the now infamous audio of Gregg Williams "motivating" his defensive unit prior to the 2011 playoff game against the 49ers. Pamphilon was inside the defensive meeting room as part of a documentary on Gleason he was filming at the former Saints player's behest.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gleason and his family and Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune passes along good news that the former Saint is "doing well."
Just received word from the Gleasons that Steve is doing well in the hospital. In fact, he was grinning from ear to ear.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) November 6, 2012
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