Drew Brees was patient and non-confrontational while fielding repeated questions about why he and the New Orleans Saints weren't able to negotiate a contract extension before Thursday's opening training camp practice. Standing nearby, one of Brees' oldest teammates, right tackle Zach Strief, hardly seemed surprised. ''That's just how Drew is.
Two summers ago, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the internet by storm; raising millions for a disease that, before all those dousings, mostly flew under the radar. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, strikes roughly 6,000 Americans per year. Having lost a beloved friend to ALS a few years ago (she was 45, and a bright light who shines on), I wasn’t sure that I wanted to see “Gleason,” Clay Tweel’s documentary about former NFL player Steve Gleason’s fight against the disease. Diagnosed in his mid-30s, just a few years after his retirement from the New Orleans Saints, Gleason, a Spokane native, was optimistic early on — inspired by the news, shortly after his diagnosis, that his wife, Michel Varisco, was pregnant with their first child.