Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason has been named a finalist for Pro Football Writers of America's George Halas Award for his battle with ALS and the founding of Team Gleason, the PFWA announced.
The accolade goes to the NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.
Gleason is one of five nominees for the award, including New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr., Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain and Cincinnatti Bengals DT Devon Still.
Gleason revealed in 2011 he was battling ALS. He has become an icon of strength for those fighting critical illness and has been a leading advocate for ALS support and research. He founded Team Gleason, a foundation committing to helping people with ALS.
The George Halas Award winner will be announced on Monday, June 15.
More info on Team Gleason.
Fans set the world record for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Champions Square after the SAINTS KICKOFF RUN presented by Chevron. Photos by Connor Tarter. (New Orleans Saints photos)