New Orleans Saints great Steve Gleason to receive the Congressional Gold Medal
The former special teams leader is recognized for his efforts off the field
One of the most popular, well-known and respected players of all times for the New Orleans Saints, Steve Gleason, is the latest holder of the Congressional Gold Medal. Gleason was part of the special teams unit for the Saints, and he won over fans in a game against Atlanta Falcons with a punt block in the first game ever played in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina brought tragedy to the city and Gulf coast. He might have stopped playing for the team since then, but he surely continued being a great part of New Orleans.
It is common to see him on the sidelines supporting his team and he also remains very active in the community, participating in events like fundraisers and benefits, even though his diagnosis back in 2011 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) condemned him to a wheelchair and to speaking through technology that converts text to voice. One of his missions is to help others suffering from ALS as much as he can. For this, and many more reasons, he is receiving this special recognition, apart from already being immortalized in a bronze statue right outside of the team’s home stadium.
For this ceremony, Gleason even shared his input for the medal’s design. His longtime friend and former teammate, Drew Brees, is supporting his friend at the popular Statuary Hall, which is covered with memories of other great figures in history. The recognition is well-deserved not only for him, but for family and friends, as well.