December 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason who suffers from ALS with his son Rivers Gleason prior to kickoff of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Who Dat Dish: New Orleans Saints News, Rumors And Links For 6/17

It’s a Monday morning but all is quiet in the world of the New Orleans Saints as we enter the dead of the offseason before training camp arrives.

There isn’t much in the way of news or rumors to talk about, but we dug up all we can. Today we’ll talk Steve Gleason and an unfortunate death in the family.

Let’s take a look.


Steve Gleason Fights ALS for His Son

Per the Saints official website:

 As high spirited as Steve is, the outlook of what could lie ahead can be depressing for most people in his position. Sad moments are inevitable when dealing with such an aggressive disease. Steve’s tremendous support group and his Team Gleason Foundation can only encourage him so far. Sometimes the weight of the challenges that he faces every day can be overbearing.
However, there is one motivating factor that continues to push Steve to attack each day with the same passion he did on the gridiron – his 19-month old son Rivers.

“In order to thrive with this disease you need a few things – number one a good support system and number two you need some type of purpose in life to live and fight,” said Michel. “With Steve, he’s started a foundation in order to help with that purpose, but it’s not even comparable to how important Rivers has been to him.”

Steve was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2011. The following month, Steve and Michel, who wanted to start their own family, decided to attempt in-vitro fertilization. Michel became pregnant in February and on Oct 19, 2011, Rivers was born.


Former Saints DE Joe Owens Passes Away 

Per the Saints official website:

Owens was a 6-3, 250 pound native of Columbia, Miss. who was originally selected in the ninth round of the 1969 NFL Draft out of Alcorn State where he was an All-Southwestern Conference selection. Overall in seven NFL seasons, Owens appeared in 87 games for the Saints, San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers.

Although Owens spent his career with three teams, it was with the team that originally drafted him where he enjoyed his greatest success. Owens first played minor league football in Richmond, Va. as a rookie, while the Saints held his rights. He was then traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1970 where he first became a starter on their defensive line. He returned to the Saints though in 1971 when he was claimed off of waivers by New Orleans and would go on to appear in 70 games over the next five seasons, not missing a contest, as a stalwart on their defensive line.


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