Former NFL player Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease 9 years ago, was awarded a top congressional honor for his work as an advocate for people with the deadly disease. As The Daily Mail reports:
It is the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress and was presented to the former safety on Capitol Hill in Washington DC yesterday for his work with other sufferers of the condition, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or motor neurone disease (MND).
Gleason, who spent seven years at the New Orleans Saints, is one of fewer than 200 people who have received the gold medal.
The 42-year-old is the first NFL player to receive the award…
He joins a list of medal winners that includes Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Dr Jonas Salk and astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, who took Apollo 11 to the Moon.
Gleason played seven seasons with the NFL, all with the New Orleans Saints.