News sources Associated Press and Boston.com Brett Martel. New Orleans Louisiana. Former New Orleans Saints special team player Steve Gleason 34, says he has diaganosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Gleason made the decision to inform everyone of the bad news before the New Orleans Saints game versus the Houston Texans on the fifth anniversy of the return of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2006 when the New Orleans Saints played their arch rival Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Gleason in that game against the Falcons blocked a punt. It was the return of the New Orleans Saints to the Louisiana Superdome after the devastation of the city by Hurricane Katrina. Gleason is forming an organization which is intended to improve the lives of the incurable disease which causes paralysis and death.
Gleason retired from the National Football League in 2008. Gleason is married and he and his wife are expecting their first child in late October 2011. Gleason says he hopes the way he deals from his illness can inspire people as much as anything he did in professional football.