Former N-F-L defensive lineman Al Lucas, who played for Troy State in the 1990s, died today (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 physician, Doctor Luga Podesta, says Lucas was taken to
California Hospital and all attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
The 26-year-old Lucas was injured during a first-quarter kickoff return against the New York Dragons.
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound lineman played two seasons (2000-01) for the Carolina Panthers, recording 49½ tackles in 20 games.
He attended Troy State from 1996-99 and won the Buck Buchanan Award his senior season as the top defensive player in Division I-AA. In 43 games at Troy State he had 255 tackles and 11½ sacks.
He was selected to the Arena League's All-Rookie team in 2003 while playing for Tampa Bay.
Avengers team owner and chief executive officer Casey Wasserman in a statement confirmed the death and said, the thoughts and prayers of the entire Avenger organization are with his wife and family.