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Old 04-13-2005, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default Arena football player dies

I didn`t realize that he actually came in the league with the Steelers. This was tragic no matter who he played for.

Steelers unsettled by player's death
Some played with Arena League DL
Tuesday, April 12, 2005

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Al Lucas spent only four months with the Steelers in 2000, but his good humor is how defensive end Aaron Smith best remembered him.

"He was a high-energy guy, always pretty upbeat, pretty active," Smith said yesterday. "I remember sitting in the cold tub and he was always making jokes. He was a good guy. He didn't rub anyone the wrong way or say anything wrong."

Lucas, a rookie nose tackle released on the Steelers' final cut, went on to play that season and the next for the Carolina Panthers. Sunday, he died on a pro football field while covering a kickoff for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.
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