OUR TURN: Steve Gleason

OUR TURN: Steve Gleason
Our Turn

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As we gear up for the Saints playoff game this Sunday, we would like to take a moment to congratulate a former player for his off-the-field accomplishments.

The president signed a bill last week that will award Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow upon a citizen. He joins the likes of Thomas Edison, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and Dr. Martin Luther King as recipients of the medal.

Gleason is best remembered on the field for his blocked punt against the Falcons in the Saints' first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina in 2006. But it’s his post-football career accomplishments that have set him apart.

Diagnosed with ALS in 2011, Gleason has been a leading advocate for those with the debilitating disease. He has fought for speech generating devices and led the largest ALS research project on the planet. He famously lives by the mantra of “no white flags,” signaling his refusal to stop fighting ALS.

Keep up the fight, Steve. We’ve all got your back and couldn’t be prouder of everything you have accomplished.

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