Al Lucas, who had a cup of coffee with the Panthers back in 2000 and 2001, died (sports.espn.go.com) as a result of spinal cord injuries suffered during an Arena Football game this past Sunday (because it's almost five in the morning when I'm posting this). He bent down to make a tackle on a kick return and a blocker, as well as the ballcarrier, rolled over him. The blocker's leg hit Lucas in the head. First time anyone's died of onfield injuries in pro football since 1963, although two college players have died of neck-related injuries since 1989.
You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"Jeez, some people seem to think anything short of Vince bending over and spreading his asscheeks is a slap in the face." (Hogan's My Dad)
When I heard about the incident, I expected to see footage of someone getting brutally tackled against the boards. Upon seeing the actual footage, I couldn't believe how harmless the play itself looked.
With football's regular speed & violence, & the realization that a tragedy like this can occur on seemingly simple looking contact, I'm actually surprised (although thankful) that we don't hear stories like coming from football more often...
Say what you will about the guy, most players would have hung up the cleats after all the crap teams he played for. He has spent virtually all of his career as a backup, with the exception of a couple of seasons.