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WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Dead at 76

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“Mean” Gene Okerlund — the most famous announcer in the history of pro wrestling — has died, WWE has confirmed. He was 76.

Vince McMahon‘s company issued a statement saying, “WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Gene Okerlund, the most recognizable interviewer in sports-entertainment history, has passed away at age 76.”

Hulk Hogan also commented … saying, “Mean Gene I love you my brother.”

Unclear how he died, but Okerlund had health problems dating back years. He had 2 kidney transplants — the first one in 1995 and the second in 2004. 

Okerlund started as a radio DJ back in Nebraska before taking a job with the American Wrestling Association in 1970. 

He moved to WWF in the early ’80s and WRESTLED — famously pinning Mr. Fuji in a tag team match with Hulk Hogan in 1984. 

Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan.

Among his many highlights, Okerlund sang the national anthem at Wrestlemania I back in 1985.

His interviews were legendary — standing face to face with guys like Andre the Giant, the Ultimate Warrior, Ricky Steamboat and others … and getting the best out of these guys.

He was beloved in wrestling circles for decades. In fact, he served as the best man at the Iron Shiek’s wedding!

As for nickname, Jesse “The Body” Ventura is credited with the name “Mean” Gene. 

The tributes from WWE stars are already pouring in … 

Mustafa Ali — “The voice of my youth. Condolences to his friends and family.”

Ligero — “Extremely sad news to hear of the unfortunate passing of Mean Gene Okerlund. One of the most iconic interviewers and personalities of my childhood, and one of the very best in the business.”

Charles Robinson (famous WWE ref) — “So sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest voices in wrestling. Mean Gene you will be missed and we will continue to love you. What a true class act. I am very fortunate to work with you.”

Bully Ray — “RIP “Mean” Gene. Thanks for the memories and being a Gentleman. God Bless.”

Saints Legend Steve Gleason Getting Congressional Gold Medal … For ALS Work

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This is awesome!

The House of Representatives voted UNANIMOUSLY on Thursday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to ex-Saints star Steve Gleason for all the great work he’s doing to battle ALS. 

Gleason (who played for the Saints from 2000 to 2006) was diagnosed with ALS back in 2011. The disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. 

But, despite his physical challenges, Gleason has been a leading voice in raising awareness and money for ALS organizations. 

For example, he’s advocated for federal legislation to help ensure people living with diseases like ALS have access to speech-generating devices and he’s also been a major leader in the largest coordinated and collaborative ALS research project in the world.

The politicians were obviously impressed — and Gleason will become the 1st ex-NFL player to receive the award. 

FYI, the Congressional Gold Medal recognizes people who have “performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.”

It’s one of the highest civilian awards in the U.S. 

“It is a true honor to witness Steve Gleason become the first New Orleanian and former NFL Legend to receive the Congressional Gold Medal,” Saints Owner Gayle Benson said. 

“Along with his wife, Michel, and everyone at Team Gleason, they have unfailingly confronted ALS with a courageous and unwavering determination. Their tireless work to provide crucial assistance and the latest in technology and services has improved countless people’s quality of living.”

“Steve is leaving a truly indelible mark in American history and we are honored to call him a true New Orleans Saint.”

Gleason will join a prestigious group of Gold Medal winners including Bob Hope, Winston Churchill, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Frank Sinatra, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King.