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Former NFL player Steve Gleason accepted the apologies of the three Atlanta radio personalities who made fun of his Lou Gehrig's disease in a bit Monday.

"I think everyone can learn from this event," Gleason posted on his organization's Facebook page. "It's clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why it's underfunded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Let's talk about this ... There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS."

A former safety who played for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-06, Gleason, 36, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011. He thanked "the public for their support.

790 The Zone hosts Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino were fired Monday after their Monday morning segment that mocked Gleason. All three apologized on Twitter.

---Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to ask for one more chance to play football.

"Many would say I might not deserve it," Johnson told GMA host Robin Roberts, one day after spending the previous seven in prison. "I would like to finish my career the right way. I don't want the last thing to be remembered, 'Well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife.' I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team. I'm not injured; there's nothing wrong with me. I've learned my lesson, especially after those past seven days. If it doesn't happen, life goes on."

The lessons learned stem from Johnson's incarceration after a Florida judge rejected a plea bargain that would've kept him out of jail following a probation violation. But Johnson slapped his lawyer's backside during the proceeding, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was released Monday.

---Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has been named as the 2013 Good Guy Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America, the first non-quarterback to win the award since 2007.

The PFWA is given to a player for his professionalism. It was first given in 2005.

One of the league's most popular players on the field, Gonzalez caught a team-high 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns at age 36, as the Falcons went 13-3 and won the NFC South. For his career, Gonzalez holds NFL tight-end records for career receptions (1,242), receiving yards (14,268), TD catches (103), 100-yard games (30) and 1,000-yard seasons (four).

---David Beckham received an invitation from an NFL team to tryout as a placekicker, the London Mirror reported.

The UK newspaper said the 38-year-old recent retiree was approached about a potential tryout before he left the LA Galaxy MLS franchise.

"The offer came in and he politely said it wasn't right for him," a source told the Mirror. "Perhaps in the next few months he could change his mind."

---New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent successful back surgery on Tuesday in Marina Del Rey, Calif., according to his brother.

Gordie Gronkowski Jr. tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon, adding "Goin to be scary to see u play when ur not in pain!" The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, who also operated on Gronkowski's back in 2009 while he was at the University of Arizona.

Gronkowski has had five surgeries since November. Four were on a fractured left forearm and subsequent infection, the latest last month. With the rehab from the back surgery, it's uncertain whether Gronkowski will be ready by the start of the 2013 season.

---Safety Johnathan Cyprien and cornerback Dwayne Gratz signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are counting on both rookies to help revamp their secondary.

Cyprien was a second-round pick out of Florida International, where he was a four-year letterman and finished his career with 365, 13.5 tackles for loss, a school-record six forced fumbles and seven interceptions.

Gratz was selected in the third round out of Connecticut, where he finished his career with 189 tackles, 30 passes defensed and eight interceptions.

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