Steve Gleason announces New Orleans draft pick in draft night two’s sweetest moment

Maggie Hendricks

During the second and third rounds of the NFL draft, the league invited retired players to announce their former team's picks. This produced fun moments, like Jonathan Ogden dwarfing Roger Goodell as he announced the Baltimore Ravens' picks, and Tony Casillas antagonizing the New York crowd as he announced the Dallas Cowboys pick. The most meaningful moment came when New Orleans Saints' alum Steve Gleason took the stage and announced New Orleans' pick.

Gleason played for the Saints for six season and now suffers from ALS. He can't walk or talk, and his wheelchair is fit with a special mechanism that allows a computerized voice to speak for him. Welcomed by a loud round of applause from the crowd at Radio City Music Hall, Gleason announced the Saints were taking Terron Armstead.

During his six seasons with the Saints, Gleason was a beast on special teams. He announced his ALS diagnosis in 2011, and has been campaigning for a cure since then. It's been a busy April for him. Last weekend, he was atop Machu Picchu with former teammate Scott Fujita as he signed his retirement papers.

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