“Through his work to help others who are disabled, Steve Gleason has changed so many lives for the better,” said Cassidy in a statement. “As more members of Congress heard about Steve’s work, the support for this bill only grew. Steve is a hero to many and I’m proud we got this done to honor a great American.”
Gleason, 41, played for the New Orleans Saints as a defensive back and special teams star for seven seasons, from 2000 to 2006. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Since his diagnosis, Gleason has organized efforts, through his Team Gleason Foundation, to develop technology that will help ALS patients live longer, reported NOLA.com. Gleason helped organize the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, which raised awareness and generated more than $100 million to fight the disease, according to NFL.com.