BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former NFL and Alabama football player Kevin Turner has died after battling Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 46.
Turner's father released a statement on Facebook Thursday announcing the death of the former Crimson Tide fullback, which was also posted to the Kevin Turner Foundation's website.
After the diagnosis Turner served as president of the Kevin Turner Foundation, which seeks to show the connections between repeated brain trauma and ALS in athletes.
Crimson Tide athletic director Bill Battle lauded Turner's spirit, toughness and courage in an emailed statement.
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