Steve Gleason To Be Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Washington State standout football player Steve Gleason is being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Spokane, Gonzaga Prep star is leading advocate for people struggling with Lou Gehrig's disease after he was diagnosed with the paralyzing condition. 

President Donald Trump signed legislation in 2019 awarding Gleason the medal. It is the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. 

Gleason famously blocked a punt during the Saints' first game back in the rebuilt SuperDome after Hurricane Katrina while playing for New Orleans. The moment is immortalized in a nine-foot statue outside of the stadium.

He founded Team Gleason, which has provided nearly 10-million dollars for people living with ALS. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2011, and documented the struggles with the disease in the 2016 film 'Gleason'. 

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