New Orleans Saints fan favorite Steve Gleason and his wife, Michel, welcomed their daughter into the world on Oct. 16.
“Steve and Michel Gleason are happy to announce the birth of their second child, a baby girl,” Team Gleason associate executive director Clare Durrett said, according to NOLA.com.
The baby’s name is Gray Varisco Gleason and her dad was extremely proud to announce her arrival.
Our daughter, Gray Varisco Gleason, was born happy and healthy this afternoon.
— Steve Gleason (@TeamGleason) October 17, 2018
This is the second child for the couple. The pregnancy was revealed by Gleason in July as a result of a successful in vitro fertilization procedure according to WGNO. The couple also has a seven-year-old son named Rivers, who was born soon after Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
Gleason is cherished by Who Dat nation for one of the most memorable moments in franchise history: the blocked punt against the Falcons in the Saints’ first game in the Superdome post-Hurricane Katrina.
The play served as inspiration to the city as they recovered from the debilitating effects of the natural disaster while also being the dawn of a stretch that culminated in a Super Bowl
A statue of the blocked punt is outside of the Superdome for all to witness and cherish.
Gleason was a member of the Saints from 2000 to 2008 but was awarded a Super Bowl ring and the key to the city.
Gleason recorded 59 solo tackles and six assisted tackles in his NFL career. Gleason was undrafted out of Washington State before landing with the Saints.
Since being diagnosed with ALS, Gleason has aggressively devoted his time to searching for a cure and formed the Team Gleason Foundation to raise money and bring awareness to the cause.