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04-10-2005, 07:30 PM
Former NFL defensive lineman Al Lucas died Sunday from a presumed spinal cord injury sustained while trying to make a tackle for the Los Angeles Avengers during an Arena Football League game ...


04-10-2005, 08:17 PM
I cant believe what happend today, this is horrible, just horrible for a player to die like that in a sport. I cant believe this. Rest In Peace Al Lucas. This is the worst day ever in afl history. God Bless Al Lucas and his family.

PROFILE: Al Lucas, who won the ArenaBowl as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2003 and has two years of NFL experience, returns for his second year as the cornerstone of the Avenger frontline. Last season, he played in all 16 games and led all Avenger offensive/defensive linemen with 18.5 tackles. Lucas also had three quarterback sacks, three fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown), two batted down passes, a forced fumble and a safety in his first year with the Avengers. After displaying tremendous ability as an All-Rookie performer in 2003, he was the most sought after AFL free agents before signing a three-year deal with the Avengers on Oct. 27, 2003. Lucas played in 13 games for Tampa Bay in 2003, recording 19.5 tackles, three for losses, 1.5 sacks, a blocked kick and a safety. He helped lead the Storm to a 12-4 record and a 43-29 victory over Arizona in ArenaBowl XVII. Lucas is under contract with Los Angeles through the 2006 season.

NFL: Lucas played in 20 games for the Carolina Panthers over the course of the 2000 and 2001 NFL seasons, totaling 49.5 tackles, three "quarterback hurries," two batted down passes, a forced fumble and a sack. He was selected by the Frankfurt Galaxy with the fourth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Europe free agent draft, but chose instead to begin his AFL career with the Tampa Bay Storm.

COLLEGE: Lucas was a collegiate standout at Troy (Ala.) State University. As a senior in 1999, he won the "Buck Buchanan Award," which is given to the nation's most outstanding NCAA Division I-AA defensive player. Lucas also earned unanimous All-America and All-Southland Football League first-team honors for the Trojans after making 126 tackles (20 for losses), 15 "quarterback hurries," four sacks and two forced fumbles. In his 43-game career at Troy State, he finished with 255 tackles (36 for losses), 25 quarterback hurries and 11.5 sacks. In addition to his exploits on defense, Lucas was used as a short-yardage running back in his final two seasons with the Trojans and scored seven touchdowns.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lucas attended Northeast High School (Macon, Ga.), where he set a school record with a 440-pound bench press.

PERSONAL: Born in Macon, Ga. nickname is "Big Luke" earned degree in criminal justice from Troy State is an assistant football coach at Northeast High School (Macon, Ga.).



04-10-2005, 08:18 PM
That is sad, God Bless him and his family. That was a depressing article all together!

04-10-2005, 08:20 PM
Wow! thats horrible news. Im not an afl fan but i am a football fan and really feel bad for him and his family. Hopefully some day some form of protection can be made to prevent spinal cord injuries.

04-10-2005, 09:15 PM
:shocked That is terrible to hear...May God bless his family and loved ones, and may he rest in peace...

04-10-2005, 10:27 PM
How did it happen? Did he spear some one or did he fall the wrong way?

04-10-2005, 10:31 PM
He was going for a tackle on a kickoff return and the ball carrier ran straight into the top of Lucas' head...They showed it on Sportscenter earlier, which was in bad taste IMO...

04-11-2005, 08:27 AM
How sad. I didn't see it and don't really want to but you just know they'll be showing it on ESPN as somebody else said.

Well he died doing what he loved to do...but what a sad story.

04-11-2005, 09:09 AM
I believe this is the first death of a player during a game. The details of what happened are very sad.

04-11-2005, 10:57 AM
I believe so in Arena football yes. But there was a player years ago in Detroit that died on the field...we discussed it on a long ago thread. I believe he had a heart attack. Somebody knew his name and posted it; I think he was a wide receiver.

04-11-2005, 01:27 PM
Yeah, ESPN showed what happened on the same day. Showed the hit, then him on the stretcher. Then when the guy said "He was 26", I realized he died. I couldn't believe it. Condolences to the family of Lucas.

hot pickle
04-13-2005, 01:10 PM
does someone have a picture of the hit?

Youngstown Colt
04-13-2005, 01:13 PM
does someone have a picture of the hit?You can't really see the injury In the video.

04-13-2005, 01:21 PM
Best wishes and prayers to the Lucas family. At a time like this it shows just how fragile we all our and where our priorities should be. Lucas was known both as a good football player and a great person, the latter shall be forever remembered. Rest in peace Mr. Lucas