Steve Gleason signs an autograph for charity auction … with his eyes


Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason is fighting ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but that isn’t stopping him from helping fight the fight by signing an autograph for charity.

And he did it with his eyes.

A Saints jersey he signed with the aid of a robot/autopen is among 10 items up for grabs via NFL Auctions in an auction ending soon.

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Steve Gleason’s story sparks interest in his few football cards

s-l1600-2If you don’t know the name Steve Gleason, you’re probably not alone — but plenty more people will know his story soon.

He played seven seasons in the NFL — all as a New Orleans Saint. He started just one of those contests and has a career stat sheet that includes two fumble recoveries and 59 total tackles.

His cardboard resume is even smaller with just 11 cards — 10 from the 2006 Topps Total set and one from a team-released set.

Why do these matter right now?

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Kevin Turner’s NFL legacy will reach far beyond any cards or statistics

Kevin-TurnerFormer NFL fullback Kevin Turner played just eight seasons as a pro, retiring from the game at age 30 in 1999, but his story and his efforts to help players suffering from health issues after retirement will resonate for years.

He died on Thursday at age 46 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The former New England Patriot and Philadelphia Eagle was one of the lead plaintiffs in the concussion lawsuit against the NFL that led to the billion-dollar 2013 settlement that was finally approved last year. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and since then had worked with his foundation to help research and raise awareness.

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