Synopsis: At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do - LIVE: with purpose, for his newborn son, for his wife, and to help others with his disease.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Clay Tweel
Production: Dear Rivers Production
  10 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


All right, let's talk a little

bit more about you.

You-- Right there.

That's where you're gonna be in,

like, six weeks.


My number-one focus of purpose

is to share with you who I am

and to...

give you, uh,

as much of myself

as I possibly can

while I can.

And I'm excited.

I'm excited.

I want you to come

sooner than later

so I can still hold you--

Hold you and--

You in my hands and my arms.

and use all that stuff--


Just love you.

The 6th of October, 2001.

We're heading down to the

OSU-Washington State game

where the game is sold out.



Another beautiful day in...

Spokane, Washington.


Oh, it's a great day.

Cougs are favored by 10.

Steve doesn't like it.

I like it.

Oh, man, it's a beautiful time.

It's a beautiful time

for the Cougs.

MAN 1:

Steve Gleason has what every

college football coach

is looking for in a linebacker.

MAN 2:

Really, really fast.

Really, really aggressive.

MAN 3:

He may be small

but no one can deny

Steve Gleason's ability to hit.

I think that playing football,

you know, is a great time for

every guy to get out there,

you know, and let out your


and just kind of be

a free spirit.

Cougar football at its best.

Gleason and me. Two legends.

He pass blocks,

you take a step back.

He run blocks,

bam, you're in there.

For the average college

linebacker, he was too small.

And he was way too small

for the NFL to play linebacker.

He had to work harder,

run harder,

train harder,

just so he could be the guy

that was gonna be on

that 53-man roster.

I'd never seen a guy

cover kicks the way he does.

It takes a certain type of

psyche and mindset to do that.

It's actually kind of a crazy,

sort of loose cannon,

"this guy's obviously got

a few screws loose"

type of mindset.

And that's what made him

so good.

I consider Steve a real Kamikaze

of sorts, you know,

notorious for sticking

his head in there,

totally giving up his body,


Male reporter:

There are reports

from New Orleans

of people trapped

in buildings

that have come down

around them.

The Superdome became a symbol

of failure and despair.

20,000 refugees lived here

for one miserable week

without power, water,

or sanitation.


Female reporter:

A beautiful day,

and an unbelievable scene

here inside

the Louisiana Superdome.


Who are we?


Are we ready?


New Orleans!




A moment almost unimaginable

13 months ago is here.

Look out! Right through!

A pickoff by Steve Gleason!

And score!

Touchdown! New Orleans!

And for those people who look

to the New Orleans Saints

as something that will

uplift them, uplift this city,

uplift the entire Gulf Region,

they've just had it!

That night, and specifically

Steve blocking the punt,

was, like, a signal

to everybody that not only

is New Orleans back,

but it just felt like

the rebirth of something

really, really big.


Can you effing believe that?

All right, we need

another performance.

Oh, gee!

Back to back

with the Rio Grande

A Christian woman

in the devil's land

She learned the language

and she learned to fight

But she never learned how

to beat the lonely nights

In Lonesome Dove

Lonesome dove


I want to teach you

how to hold the camera.



How's that?


Are you there?

I'm here.

You don't like to talk

behind the camera?

I'm a filmer,

I'm not a subject.

Yeah, but a good filmer

asks really good questions

to get really good material.

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