Former Alabama and NFL fullback Kevin Turner died at his home in Vestavia Hills, Ala. on Thursday morning after a nearly six-year battle with ALS, according to Carol Robinson of AL.com.
Turner, 46, was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in May 2010 and was one of the leading plaintiffs in the concussion lawsuit filed against the NFL by former players. According to the Washington Post, research has shown former football players are four to eight times more likely to be diagnosed with ALS.
“If you look back to the punishment that we were doing to our own brains, it’s ridiculous and doesn’t make sense for a man to bang in his own head against a wall,” Turner told the Washington Post in December 2014.
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.
His son, Nolan Turner, is a 6-foot-2 safety who committed to Clemson in January on scholarship, according to AL.com. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was a teammate of Turner’s at Alabama.