Former NFL fullback Kevin Turner died Thursday at the age of 46 after battling ALS for six years, ESPN reports.
Turner's 18-year-old son, Nolan, recently committed to play football at Clemson for Dabo Swinney, a former teammate at Alabama.
Turner, out of the University of Alabama, was a third-round pick of the Patriots in 1992.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and running backs coach Duce Staley were teammates of Turner's in Philadelphia and also shared their condolences in official statements.
"Myra and I lost a great son today".
AL.com reports that Turner died at his Vestavia Hills, Ala. home, surrounded by family and friends.
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Plenty of former teammates, journalists and fans have expressed their love and support for Turner, and his family during this tough time. He was a lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit that accused the National Football League of hiding the dangers of head injuries.
After his playing days were over and he was diagnosed with the disease, Turner formed a foundation for raise funds for ALS research and study the links between ALS, brain disease and concussions. "I don't know to what extent, and I may not ever know".
"If they would have come to me and said, 'I've seen the future". "But, as we all know, nobody can see the future".
Filmmaker Jon Frankel worked with Turner in 2012 on a documentary titled American Man, which chronicled the athlete's life and his battle with ALS.
Turner is survived by his wife, Allison, and three children.