NEW ORLEANS -- Former Gonzaga Prep, WSU, and New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason introduced one of the most popular bands in the country on stage in New Orleans.
Gleason’s adopted hometown of New Orleans hosts the Voodoo Music Festival every year and Pearl Jam chose Gleason to announce the band on stage. Gleason has been friends with the lead guitarist for many years.
Members of the band wore Team Gleason shirts and wrist bands with Gleason's no white flags rallying cry on them.
Gleason was a two-time GSL Defensive MVP as a dominating Bullpup linebacker in the mid-90’s and is a member of the Gonzaga Prep Hall of Fame. He went on to star at linebacker at WSU and played for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008 as a standout special teams player and safety.
Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in January 2011. ALS is considered a terminal neuro-muscular disease. He has since dedicated his life to Team Gleason, an organization created by him, his friends and family that generates public awareness for ALS and raises funding to empower ALS patients.