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Former Saints player Gleason to attend State of the Union

Steve Gleason (FOX 8 photo) Steve Gleason (FOX 8 photo)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints player, is heading to Washington to attend the State of the Union address next Tuesday.

Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis more than three years ago and since then has become a popular and inspiring advocate for others living with ALS.

On his Twitter page, Gleason said he was meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and then going to Congress to hear President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said Gleason would be his guest during the speech.

Gleason was a Saints special teams standout from 2000 through 2006, famously blocking a punt the night the Superdome first reopened after Hurricane Katrina.

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