Former Patriots fullback Kevin Turner dies at 46 after battling ALS

Former Patriots player Kevin Turner, left, speaks during a news conference after a hearing on concussion-related brain injuries in the NFL in April 2013.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — 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.

Turner helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992 and was drafted by the New England Patriots. Turner went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-1999 and was diagnosed with the neurological disease ALS in 2010.

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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