Steve Gleason Embraces New Challenges in Lou Gehrig’s Disease Battle

July 1, 2013

ABC News’ Rich McHugh reports:

Steve Gleason is a hero in New Orleans.

The former safety for the New Orleans Saints’ earned that status when he blocked a punt by Atlanta Falcons’ Michael Koenen as the teams played in the Superdome in 2006. The team went on to win the game. It was the Saints’ first victory since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina the previous year, and the win raised the spirits of people in the city.

That game – and the symbolic turning point in the city’s spirits – was immortalized with a statue in Gleason’s likeness outside the Superdome. The statue was named “rebirth.”

That symbol of resilience holds special meaning for New Orleans now that he’s battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severe neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Click here for the entire story and inspiring video.

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