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It has been a good two seasons since we followed the LA Avengers closely so we watched anxiously and nervously as NBC News lead with an Avengers story after last night's episode of Crossing Jordan. We used to know a few players and a few folks in the Avengers organization and most of them have moved on to other teams or other parts of their lives since then and with their departures so went our interest in Arena Football.

The death of Lineman Al Lucas on the field yesterday in a standard and unspectacular play was a shock to the system. We were reminded of how much fun we would have in the Staples Center standing for the Avengers as they racked up points in this high scoring version of football. We were reminded of how much you feel like part of the team during the games. How close you can get to the field. How near you are to the action. How hard those hits are. How violent the game is.

A game that no one ever expects to end in death. Rest In Peace, Al Lucas.

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- Who was Al Lucas?
- Members of the Avengers organization and around the league react to his death.
- The AFL Players Association announces that they will start a trust fund in his name to provide for his young daughter, Mariah (but there is nothing up yet on their website).