Reggie Bush Wishes Former Saints Teammate a “Speedy Recovery” For an Incurable Disease
Reggie Bush has been on a roll lately, but off the field he is still struggling with the world of social media. In a tweet that had the best intentions Reggie Bush wished his former New Orleans Saints teammate Steve Gleason a “speedy recovery” for his illness. The only problem is that Steve Gleason is suffering from ALS – an disease that has no cure.
In addition to being a safety for the Saints, Gleason was a special teams guru, known by most for the “block heard round the world” as the Saints defeated the Falcons in the game that celebrated the grand re-opening of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Reggie, of course, was a dangerous punt returner, so he shared plenty of time on the field with Gleason, who announced his ALS diagnosis earlier this year.
This past weekend he put on a fundraiser for his Gleason Gras organization and was honored during Monday night’s game between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants, which more than likely provoked Reggie to send out his unintentionally awkward tweet.
Most experts agree that death typically occurs 3-5 years after the diagnosis of ALS, with patients tending to lose the ability to care for themselves over the course of that period. Only 25 percent of patients survive for more than five years after getting their diagnosis.
Say a prayer for Steve Gleason, his story is amazing, and so is he. As a matter of fact, he’d probably laugh at Reggie for this.
Watch Steve Gleason Make The Block Heard Round The World (2006)