The New Orleans Saints drafted Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead 75th overall in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft on Friday night, but the selection took a backseat to the man who announced the pick, former Saints special teams star Steve Gleason.
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
That Steve Gleason moment was so cool. And #Saints pick Arkansas Pine Bluff's Terron Armstead2013-4-27 01:24:58
Here's a look at how the scene unfolded inside Radio City Music Hall on Friday night.
New Orleans Saints @Saints
Great job Steve #NoWhiteFlags http://t.co/OmzCEkTo3y2013-4-27 01:29:26
Gleason, who is currently battling ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a debilitating disease that results in muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body, played for New Orleans from 2000 to 2007.
The 36-year-old's shining moment came in 2006, a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, when he blocked a punt which resulted in a Saints touchdown in a home game on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons. The memorable play has become one of the most iconic moments in New Orleans Saints franchise history.
Saints fan or not, you have to love Gleason's draft moment. His performance on the field for the team over the years and now his effort off the field as he battles a crippling disease has been remarkable.
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, who was presumably watching the draft on Friday night, tweeted a photo of himself and Gleason. The two played together in New Orleans in 2006 and 2007.
Steve Weatherford @Weatherford5
My heart is breaking watching my friend former teammate Steve Gleason make the Saints draft selection. #NoWhiteFlags http://t.co/xpfdS0y4sN2013-4-27 01:27:34
Many will remember the Saints' third-round pick, Armstead, as the big lineman who ran the 4.71 second 40-yard dash at the combine last February.
New Orleans drafted Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro with its previous selection at No. 15 overall in Thursday's first round.
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