Saints, Titans name Steve Gleason and Tim Shaw honorary team captains in Week 1

This is really cool: the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans announced Friday that two of their franchises’ fan-favorite players will serve as honorary team captains before kickoff in Week 1, with Steve Gleason taking the field with New Orleans while Shaw arrives with Tennessee.

Both men have been diagnosed with ALS after their playing careers and endeavored to raise awareness of the disease while maintaining close relationships with the teams where they left their mark. Gleason is a common sight at the Caesars Superdome and the Titans keep a locker room stall in Shaw’s honor.

The Saints said in a statement that “the hope is for Sunday’s display of unity to bring support for those living with this disease and to encourage the continuing research needed in pursuit of a cure.”

The coin toss featuring both teams’ captains will occur just before kickoff at Noon CT on Sunday, Sept. 10. The game will be broadcast on CBS affiliates throughout the Southeast, so be sure to tune in.

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire