This year’s George Halas award has gone to Steve Gleason. Gleason, a former New Orleans Saints player, was recognized for his strength and adversity that has helped him succeed.
The Professional Football Writers of America made the announcements on Monday. Gleason, who happens to have ALS, has had a very bright NFL career that has seen him being included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition to that, he has been the head coach for the Chicago Bears as well as the owner.
Over the years Gleason has played a very important role when it comes to helping those people who are leaving with the neuromuscular disease. Through his foundation which has been named after him, The Gleason Initiative Foundation as well as the Team Gleason organization, he has been able to raise funds that have been used so as to get the necessary equipment as well as technology and services that is needed by those who have the disease or even the injuries.
Before retiring from the sport that we all love, Gleason had a very nice career that saw him play an impressive seven seasons in the top league.
He will go down as one of the NFL players to ever take a stand on ALS and helped in making it a known. When he was diagnosed with ALS back in 2011, he used his current condition to generate awareness about ALS. Thanks to his two slogans, that is, “Awesome Ain’t Easy” as well as “No More White Flags”, he has managed to create a great awareness about the disease. And thanks to his organization and foundation he has been able to raise the needed funds so as to help those who have the disease.