Steve Gleason has become a larger-than-life figure in the eyes of many, especially in his hometown of Spokane and his adopted home, New Orleans, where this ESPN article made him sound like the Crescent City's patron saint
. And, surprisingly, all this fame has come after his football career.
Diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) back in 2011, Gleason has been a tireless and inspirational advocate for ALS research, while also doing utterly cool things, like climbing Machu Pichu and hanging out with Pearl Jam. Now, his story is the subject of a feature documentary, entitled Gleason
that is set to debut at next week's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The film has received substantial funding
and could very well make a theatrical run, depending on how things go at Sundance.
The film has been long in the making, and follows him through his playing days, into fatherhood and then, of course, his ongoing battle with ALS. Here's a tear-jerking clip courtesy of Sports Illustrated
with Gleason talking to his then-unborn son Rivers.