TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Earlier Thursday, former Alabama and NFL great Kevin Turner died at the age of 46 after a long battle against ALS.
Plenty of former teammates, journalists and fans have expressed their love and support for Turner and his family during this tough time.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle released the following statement:
“The Crimson Tide family lost a true warrior today with the passing of Kevin Turner, our former fullback who was one of the captains of our football team in 1991. Kevin’s spirit, his toughness, and his courage in life and on the football field inspired us all. Kevin and his family are in our thoughts and prayers on this sad day.”
Turner was a third-round pick in the 1992 NFL draft and was a captain for the Crimson Tide in his senior season, when Alabama finished 11-1 and No. 5 in the final AP Poll. He played three seasons with the New England Patriots and five with the Philadelphia Eagles, finishing his career with a total of 11 touchdowns.
The Twitter account run by Alabama’s football staff posted a tribute to Turner.
— Crimson Tide FB (@CrimsonTide_FB) March 24, 2016
The Philadelphia Eagles, who Turner played for, posted a message to their Twitter account.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 24, 2016