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Wednesday was a very special day for Steve Gleason, the Gleason family and football in general. Steve Gleason was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal at Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capital.

Gleason becomes the first NFL player to receive this prestigious award which is the highest level of honor a civilian can be awarded in the United States next to the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here's a look at Steve and his family from the ceremony via Instagram:

This honor couldn't have been bestowed upon a better individual and it's very well deserved. This man has had to deal with more adversity than most of will ever have to. He's also utilized his platform to help others with ALS through the Team Gleason foundation.