Out Of Tragedy - A Legend Reborn A Hero
One cannot possibly call oneself an NFL fan if one does not revere Steve Gleason. Once best known for a picture perfect punt block against the Atlanta Falcons in their first game back in the newly reopened New Orleans Superdome, Gleason has gone on to become a champion of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. Stricken by the physically degenerative disease, he has led the front lines in the fight against this affliction from a computerized chair, with the help of a breathing tube. During the Ice Bucket Challenge, Team Gleason raised nearly $1 Million. To put that figure in perspective, that was less than 1/2 a percent of the total raised. Steve and Team Gleason have also worked together with Bill Gates and Microsoft, leading to the development of a revolutionary Surface tablet system that works in tandem with an eye movement recognition device. Steve has helped to change the future for ALS patients.
Oh, and the blocked punt?... Triumphantly, Gleason's perfectly executed maneuver led to a recovery by cornerback Curtis Deloatch, who scooped it into the end zone for the team's first score in their first game in the city of New Orleans in almost 21 months. The Saints won the game 23 - 3. Incidentally, Michael Vick was the Falcons' quarterback that day. Vick did not score a touchdown. The Saints went on to a 10-6 record, a new team best. They also reached the NFC Conference Championship game for the first time in franchise history. The game made Gleason a legend. Team Gleason makes him a hero.
Steve Gleason deserves a toast of the rarest quality, one we've never awarded here, at the Booze League. Steve gets the coveted Glenfiddich 40. At Rí Ra Irish pub at the Mandalay Place in Las Vegas, it is $550.00 a glass.