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"It was the most electrical moment in my sports career," Fujita says of the play, which is often linked with the region's post-storm rebirth. "We're all guilty of overstating the importance of football, but that was one of those moments that was so much bigger than just the game." Fujita, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the 2009 Saints, remained close to his former team- mate after Gleason's 2008 NFL retirement. When Gleason star ted experiencing unex- plained muscle spasms in 2010, he mentioned the symptoms to Fujita. "Steve was young. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it could be ALS. But, it sound- 140 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 6 After publicly announcing his ALS diagnosis, former teammates Will Smith and Drew Brees escort Gleason to midfield to lead Saints fans in a 'Who Dat' chant. New Orleans Saints former teammates and close friends Scott Fujita and Steve Gleason worked together to create the documentary "Gleason," which follows Gleason's diagnosis and journey with ALS. Photo: Lauren Bowman Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios

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