Sports Illustrated hosted the New York premiere for the movie Gleason on Tuesday.
The movie, which played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, follows the life of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason after his ALS diagnosis. Gleason was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, and found out soon after his wife was pregnant with their first child.
Gleason started The Gleason Initiative Foundation to help raise money and awareness for those with ALS.
Among those in attendance at the premiere included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens. New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz and ex-Giants defensive end Justin Tuck also attended, as well as former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, a producer of the film
Gleason played with the Saints from 2000–07, mostly on special teams. He played in 83 games in his career, recording 65 total tackles.
Gleason is best remembered for blocking a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in the first game at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.