You know the play.
The New Orleans Saints, in the first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. A punt coming up from the Atlanta Falcons. Steve Gleason comes flying in to block the kick. Curtis Deloatch recovers the ball for a Saints score. The Superdome erupts.
The player most known for what might be the single most important play in franchise history has now become known as a champion for ALS. Now, eight years after appearing on HBO’s Real Sports, Gleason returns, to talk about his current condition, including ALS and the Covid-19 pandemic:
When REAL SPORTS first profiled former NFL player Steve Gleason eight years ago, he was a man in decline, suffering from the fatal condition known as ALS, but still able to control some of his body. Today, he can do virtually nothing on his own, and being highly susceptible to the effects of COVID, he has spent weeks on end separated from his own family and the greater society. But Gleason refuses to surrender to the isolation of the pandemic and has found a way to widen his own world using technology – as well as inspire others. He has launched a remote interview program where he and his guests share their struggles and triumphs. To date, he’s had conversations with leading figures of the day, from actor Hugh Jackman to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Tonight’s episode airs on HBO, at 9:00 p.m. CST. Make sure you check it out.
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