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Orlando Thomas: Former NFL Star Dies At 42 From A.L.S.

Mon, November 10, 2014 11:13am EDT by Emily Longeretta 1 Comment
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So sad. Orlando Thomas, former defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings passed away at the young age of 42. In 2007, Orlando had revealed he was suffering with ALS.

Orlando Thomas, 42, who led the NFL in interceptions in 1995, passed away in Crowley, Louisiana on Nov. 10 after a long battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosi) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Orlando Thomas Dead At 42

“Nobody’s ever fought a battle like Orlando fought, with so much dignity — I never saw anything like it,” Orlando’s agent, Mark Bartelstein said Nov. 10. “It’s just incredible. He never had a sense of self pity, never felt sorry for himself, he was always worried about everyone else. He was just the most incredible person I’ve ever been around.”

Orlando revealed in 2007 that he began having symptoms to ALS three years before.

Orlando was a second round pick in the NFL draft in 1995 and was a huge NFL star in the ’90s. In his rookie year, he led the NFL in interceptions with nine. In 1998, he played for the Minnesota Vikings, who went 15-1. He the retired in 2001. Overall, he started 87 of his 98 games with the Vikings and had 22 interceptions.

While playing for the Vikings, Mark revealed, Orlando weighed 225 pounds. When he passed away he was down to almost 70, ESPN reported. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Orlando’s friends and family.

— Emily Longeretta

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