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Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS Former Saints safety Steve Gleason was taken to the hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms in the first quarter of Monday night's game, team officials said.

Gleason, who is battling amyotrophic lateral scleroris (ALS), was responsive and alert and undergoing precautionary testing, his wife Michele told team officials.

Gleason had participated in a charity event Gleason Gras a day earlier. The fundraiser was for his foundation and included an appearance by suspended coach Sean Payton.

The free-spirited former player is a beloved figure in New Orleans. He blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown in the 2006 re-opening of the Superdome a year after Hurricane Katrina hit.

To learn more about the disease and to donate to Gleason's cause, click here.

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