Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens former player O.J. Brigance (right) and New Orleans Saints former player Steve Gleason (left) attend Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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There is an indelible intersection where music and sports collide. It’s apparent at every sporting event. Music is played over the speakers, at tailgates, through headphones, and etc. This past weekend, ESPN captured that moment by featuring former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who lives with ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease), and his affinity for Pearl Jam.

October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A statue titled Rebirth featuring the likeness of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason blocking a punt by former Atlanta Falcons punter Michael Koenen on September 25, 2006 as seen outside before a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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What’s more, Pearl Jam’s lead singer, Eddie Vedder, shared a heartfelt moment with Gleason.

Although stricken with ALS, Gleason has never doubted his ability to accomplish amazing feats. His focused attention, though, is solely on his son’s well-being. Gleason’s revelation to keep a video journal for his son has an increased, intense effect once Vedder describes his relationship with his dad.

A few of my favorite songs are Pearl Jam’s “Rearviewmirror”, sad “Last Kiss”, “Daughter”, and side project “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog.