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Steve Gleason Rightfully Sees ALS Charity Donations Increase


October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints former defensive back Steve Gleason prior to kickoff of a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

After being the subject of cruel jokes resulting in the firing of individuals from Atlanta radio station 790 AM and penning a column for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Steve Gleason has seen his ALS charity donations rise significantly.

Sweet, sweet justice.

According to Gregg Rosenthal of, Gleason’s charity has seen a whopping 75 percent increase since Monday after he wrote the column with his eyes and was the target of an attack from childish shock jocks:

"In the 72 hours since Gleason wrote a guest column on and was the subject of the radio skit, donations to the charity have jumped an estimated 75 percent over the most recent six month average, according to numbers provided to Around The League by Clare Durrett of Team Gleason"

Even the worst stories can have happy endings and spur a positive change. That’s the case here. The three responsible for the jokes who are no longer employed have apologized to Gleason, and as we all knew he would, Gleason accepted them gracefully.

Let’s give some serious credit to Peter King of Sports Illustrated here.  He graciously offered Gleason a chance to not only pen a column on the most read NFL piece of content each week for as long as anyone can remember, he more importantly gave Gleason a chance at improving our society as a whole by allowing him to raise awareness on one of the most serious conditions plaguing the human race.

Hats off to King, and more importantly, take a bow Mr. Gleason. The work you do is changing our world. Saints nation thanks you.

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