April 15, 2005 |
Al Lucas is all over Northeast High this week, in the halls he walked, the classrooms he studied and later taught in, in his cherished weight room. His likeness is on television screens, hangs from the necks of students and is displayed on a special handout. His name, uttered in hushed tones, can be heard in outpourings of grief, prayers and stories.
May 27, 2005 |
An autopsy has determined that Avenger lineman Al Lucas died of blunt force trauma to his upper spinal cord, Brenda Shafer, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Thursday. Lucas, 26, suffered the injury while making a tackle on a kickoff during an April 10 Avenger game against the New York Dragons at Staples Center. He was carried from the field on a stretcher and was pronounced dead at California Hospital Medical Center a short time later.
April 14, 2005 |
Plans to honor Avenger lineman Al Lucas and to help his family were announced Wednesday, when players and staff paused to remember him with a private memorial attended by the Lucas family. The Avengers held a memorial service for Lucas, who died of an apparent spinal cord injury while making a tackle on a kickoff return during Sunday's game, and heard David Lucas, his father, and De'Shondra Lucas, his wife. "They told us that Al would want us to move on with our lives," Coach Ed Hodgkiss said.
April 13, 2005 |
Avenger players returned to football Tuesday, remembering Al Lucas and carrying with them the words of his father. "He told us that it was a tragedy that he had to be here today, but that there was still a practice to go to, still a game to be played," kicker Remy Hamilton said. "He said that Al would have wanted us to go on." David Lucas, a state representative in Georgia, came to California to take his son home.
May 7, 2006 |
A little more than a year ago, the Avengers' Al Lucas died as a result of a spinal cord injury suffered in an Arena Football League game against the New York Dragons at Staples Center. Nothing has been the same since, for his family or the team. "We've tried to make it into a positive thing, rather than a negative thing, but you never get over losing a kid because, really, they're supposed to be seeing about your final rights," said David Lucas, Al's father. "Not you, seeing about theirs."
April 19, 2005 |
Two football teams filed into the Civic Auditorium here Monday, with noticeable differences and one distinct similarity -- Al Lucas. The Avengers, wearing suits and ties, arrived in an air-conditioned bus with reclining bucket seats. The Northeast High football team, clad in game jerseys, rolled up in a super-sized school bus, one of those big yellow beasts, outfitted with vinyl bench seating.