Former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason is featured in an upcoming documentary film titled Gleason, which chronicles his life after he was diagnosed with ALS.
Gleason, 38, played for the Saints for his entire eight-year NFL career, and is most known for his blocked punt in the first game at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. He retired in 2008, and was given two to five years to live after being diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
The film shows video journals Gleason made for his then-unborn son, Rivers, to remember his father before his condition began to deteriorate.
Watch an exclusive clip from the film, which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, above. The film is directed by Clay Tweel.
The documentary features some of the most significant moments in Gleason’s life since his diagnosis: becoming a father, speaking at the United Nations and forming his ALS support organization, Team Gleason.
- Erin Flynn