Former NFL Player Kevin Turner Brings Attention to ALS (VIDEOS)

[ 0 ] December 28, 2012 |

Kevin Turner, a star fullback for the Albama Crimson Tide who went on to play eight seasons in the NFL, is passionate about finding a cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). After being diagnosed with ALS in 2010, he began The Kevin Turner Foundation. “We are headed in the right direction,” Turner says.

Watch the former NFL star describe the research funded by The Kevin Turner Foundation:

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Turner’s foundation also raises awareness about the seriousness of brain trauma in athletes at every level of competition and its possible connection to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “For years, I thought the helmet protected us from serious injury, but to be honest all it does is keep your skull from getting cracked,” he says. “When you’re dealing with your brain, it’s best to air on the side of safety. If something is not quite right, you need to report it.”

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Turner, who says he still loves the game, started playing football as a 5-year-old growing up in Alabama, where “football is king.” During his time with the New England Patriots, one of his former teachers sent him the “When I Grow Up” paper he had written in elementary school. In it, a young Kevin Turner predicted that he would first play for the University of Alabama, and then go on to the NFL. “Looking back, I kind of did what I said what I was going to do,” Turner says.

Watch Kevin Turner recall his “When I Grow Up” paper:

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About Kevin Turner: Kevin Turner is founder of the Kevin Turner Foundation. He played eight seasons in the NFL as a fullback in the 1990s for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Due to the countless collisions [...]
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