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Steve Gleason taken to hospital


Steve Gleason blocks this punt which the Saints ran in for the first score of the game against the Atlanta Falcons in the Louisiana Superdome Monday. Sept. 25, 2006. A statue commemorating the blocked punt by the former Saints player Steve Gleason was unveiled at the Superdome, Friday July 27, 2012. It is considered a symbol of the rebirth of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Michael DeMocker)


Former New Orleans Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason was taken by ambulance to the hospital while attending Monday night’s game between the Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN reported during the Monday night broadcast that Gleason was found unresponsive in the suite where he was watching the game. Gleason was taken by ambulance from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to Ochsner Hopsital in New Orleans.

Gleason revealed last year he had been diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Per the Saints, Gleason’s wife, Michelle, said he is responsive and believes he will be OK.

Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune reported that Gleason was doing well at the hospital and “grinning from ear to ear.”

Gleason tweeted from the hospital that he left the game with “flu-like symptoms.” He added that he is feeling better and undergoing some precautionary testing.

UPDATE 12:57 a.m. ET: The Gleason family released a statement with an update through their facebook page. “We want to thank everyone for their love and concern for Steve. He is now resting comfortably and is being well cared for. He was experiencing flu-like symptoms and they are doing precautionary testing. No White Flags!”