Steve Gleason's tweet is guaranteed to make ALL Saints fans smile


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Sunday was about as painful as it gets for fans of the New Orleans Saints.

After Drew Brees led his team to what he thought would be the game-winning field goal, all of New Orleans was booking flights to Philadelphia for next week’s NFC Championship.

Then, one of the most stunning plays in NFL playoff history happened.

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Saints fans were preparing for Minnesota to get in position for a potential field goal, but instead Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for the first walk-off touchdown in on the final play of regulation in NFL playoff history.

Vikings players and fans lost their minds.

The Saints were left to retreat to their locker room in stunned silence.

There’s so much to be discussed in New Orleans over the days to come — such as Sean Payton’s curious decision to take a timeout before the winning play, why the team couldn’t get anything going in the first half and fell behind by 17 points — but the awful judgement by Saints rookie defensive back Marcus Williams on the winning play will certainly be one of them.

Williams had a strong first year, but he misplayed Diggs on the reception, seemingly trying to avoid a pass interference call. Instead of tackling Diggs in bounds to keep the clock running, Williams completely missed the tackle.

But thanks to someone who hasn’t played football since 2006, we are reminded that football — even in the playoffs — is still a game.


Former Saints player Steve Gleason, whose battle with ALS has been beyond courageous, tweeted a message of support for Williams.

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As heartbroken as Saints fans are, leave it to the irrepressible Gleason to bring perspective that everyone can appreciate.

He also tried to bring some levity, as well.

This is a man who must tweet with his eyes, because he can’t move the rest of his body.

Yes, it figures to be a long offseason in New Orleans, but as Gleason reminds us, let’s not forget it’s just a game.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
Sudbury, Massachusetts
11-time Michigan Emmy winner
Emerson College
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The Longest Year: One Family's Journey Of Life, Death, And Love/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers/If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions
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