View Full Version : Arena Football player dies of presumed spinal cord injury

04-10-2005, 06:38 PM
c The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL defensive lineman Al Lucas died on 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, the team said.

Lucas was taken to California Hospital and all attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, team physician Dr. Luga Podesta said in a statement.

Members of the team were prohibited from speaking to the media after the game. A call to a California Hospital spokesman was not returned.

``It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Al Lucas. At this time, the thoughts and prayers of the entire Avenger organization are with his wife and family,'' team owner and chief executive officer Casey Wasserman said in a statement.

The 26-year-old Lucas was injured during a first-quarter kickoff return against the New York Dragons.

Television replays showed Lucas bending down to make a tackle. The Dragons' ball carrier and a blocker tumbled over his head and back, with the blocker's leg appearing to hit Lucas in the head. Lucas did not move after falling to the ground.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound (1.86-meter, 135-kilogram) lineman played two seasons (2000-01) for the Carolina Panthers.

He was selected to the Arena League's All-Rookie team in 2003 while playing for Tampa Bay.

``Al Lucas played arena football with passion and integrity. The entire AFL family extends its deepest sympathies to Al's wife and family as well as his friends, family and teammates,'' commissioner David Baker said in a statement.

Lucas was married to De-Shonda Lucas and had a daughter, Mariah.

04/10/05 19:41 EDT
Very sad.....

04-10-2005, 06:59 PM
Damn, too bad.

God bless his family.

Rain Man
04-10-2005, 07:02 PM
Wow. That's too bad.

04-10-2005, 07:05 PM
That sucks.

He was really good in the Arena league too.

04-10-2005, 07:10 PM
Thats a shame.

Woodrow Call
04-10-2005, 07:16 PM
It is wonder this hasn't happened more often. :shake:

Prayers are with his family

Skip Towne
04-10-2005, 07:20 PM
Hate to see that.

04-10-2005, 07:20 PM
Only 26 years old? Gosh that is terrible....God Bless his family

04-10-2005, 07:29 PM
That's to bad, RIP son.

04-10-2005, 07:33 PM
Terrible tragedy. My thoughts go out to his family.

04-10-2005, 07:56 PM
I just saw the replay and it was not even a violent collision, it was all in the way he came down. Sad, very sad.

Ultra Peanut
04-10-2005, 08:17 PM
That's horrible.

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LiL stumppy
04-10-2005, 08:27 PM
Wow that sucks.

the Talking Can
04-10-2005, 08:28 PM

04-10-2005, 08:59 PM

04-10-2005, 10:33 PM
I just saw the replay and it was not even a violent collision, it was all in the way he came down. Sad, very sad.

yeah I saw it too and I couldn't believe it...talk about a completely innocent looking play...its always the least violent looking plays that do the most damage :shake:

04-11-2005, 12:20 AM
RIP, and God grant strength to his family and friends in their time of loss and sorrow.

04-11-2005, 10:35 AM
Bump for those that do not know how to search for threads.......

04-11-2005, 10:37 AM
It was like the wreck that killed Dale Earnheart. Pretty routine looking stuff.

04-11-2005, 10:38 AM
it really is surprising how it doesn't happen more often. How many people are killed every year from diving into the shallow end of a pool

Rain Man
04-11-2005, 10:52 AM
I just saw the replay and it was not even a violent collision, it was all in the way he came down. Sad, very sad.

I haven't seen the clip yet other than the last second or so as I walked into a room, but it is odd how these things happen. The Mike Utley accident several years ago was like that - just a routine play, and Utley fell forward and did a face plant, which happens a thousand times a game, but in his case it broke his neck.

What was the cause of death for this AFL guy? Broken neck?