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Steve Gleason taken to hospital

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Former New Orleans Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason was taken by ambulance to the hospital while attending Monday night’s game between the Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN reported during the Monday night broadcast that Gleason was found unresponsive in the suite where he was watching the game. Gleason was taken by ambulance from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to Ochsner Hopsital in New Orleans.

Gleason revealed last year he had been diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Per the Saints, Gleason’s wife, Michelle, said he is responsive and believes he will be OK.

Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune reported that Gleason was doing well at the hospital and “grinning from ear to ear.”

Gleason tweeted from the hospital that he left the game with “flu-like symptoms.” He added that he is feeling better and undergoing some precautionary testing.

UPDATE 12:57 a.m. ET: The Gleason family released a statement with an update through their facebook page. “We want to thank everyone for their love and concern for Steve. He is now resting comfortably and is being well cared for. He was experiencing flu-like symptoms and they are doing precautionary testing. No White Flags!”

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12 Responses to “Steve Gleason taken to hospital”
  1. geauxsaintsforever says: Nov 6, 2012 12:18 AM

    Keep fighting Steve! You’re in our prayers. Who Dat!

  2. meytonpanning says: Nov 6, 2012 12:20 AM

    Thank god he’s alright. No matter what team you’re a fan, you gotta respect Gleason.

  3. superdanlp says: Nov 6, 2012 12:20 AM

    I love this guy. Hope he’s ok.

  4. omniscient48 says: Nov 6, 2012 12:29 AM

    He probably fainted at seeing how well the Saints D-line was playing! Gleason is a great guy and hope everything is okay.

    Why do we have the NFL wear pink in October and yet completely ignore prostate cancer awareness or ALS?

  5. cavredleg15 says: Nov 6, 2012 12:42 AM

    I watched one of my best friends slowly succumb to ALS and when I read that headline my heart sunk. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Gleason and his family.

  6. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 6, 2012 1:03 AM

    Never give in. Never surrender. No white flags!

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 6, 2012 1:03 AM

    I always end up unresponsive with flu like symptoms after being left alone in a suite with a courtesy bar as well.

  8. specialagentjohnnyutah says: Nov 6, 2012 1:21 AM

    The “like” or “dislike” comment option is normally pretty irrelevant. However, who in the hell gives these great supportive comments for a man with ALS a thumbs down?

    If you think it’s cute then man up and by all means post your rationale for your view.

  9. mdd913 says: Nov 6, 2012 1:21 AM

    And shame on ESPN for the way they reported it during the game. They dragged it on for a good 20 seconds before finally getting around to the news that he was OK (relatively speaking). Way to sensationalize a man’s terminal illness, you bunch of dirtbags.

  10. mattolikesthevikes says: Nov 6, 2012 8:01 AM

    Still don’t understand how idiots can “thumbs down” on comments where people are saying get better. Jerks!!!

  11. sb44champs says: Nov 6, 2012 8:23 AM

    I was at the Dome-reopening after Katrina and saw Gleason’s punt block first hand and I have to say that moment in time was actually more intense than the kick against the Viking’s to get us in SB44. My heart goes out to him bigtime!!

  12. specialagentjohnnyutah says: Nov 6, 2012 12:11 PM

    Don’t hide, come out an play. I’m begging one of you degenerate “thumbs down” cowards to post your reasoning for why you think it’s a negative thing to show support for a man who is battling a disease that eventually will take his life. The rest of us HUMANS would love to hear.

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