Coming together to fight ALS: Packers Morgan Burnett meets former Saints player Steve Gleason in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (WITI) — NFL players may battle each other on Sundays, but they also consider themselves part of a brotherhood. Recently, Green Bay Packers Safety Morgan Burnett broke his road trip routine to reach out to a former player who is still a member of that brotherhood.

On a typical Saturday night in New Orleans, family members and friends hang out at the home of Steve and Michel Gleason. Their son Rivers is the star of the show. There are smiles all around.

But life for the Gleasons is anything but the “big easy.” A New Orleans Saints player from 2000 through 2008, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. The neuromuscular disease has progressed to the point where the former professional athlete answers yes/no questions by raising his eyebrows or blinking. He also uses a commputer speaker which he controls by moving his eyes —…

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