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Ex-NFL Player Elijah Alexander III Loses Battle With Cancer

Mar 25, 2010 – 2:50 PM
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Elijah Alexander III, a 10-year NFL veteran, passed away at the age of 39 Wednesday night. Alexander fell into a coma on Sunday and ultimately succumbed to multiple myeloma, which he had been diagnosed with in 2005, according to Clarence C. Hall, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Alexander played 123 games during his nine-year NFL career. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. After one season in Tampa, Alexander spent three years each in Denver and Indianapolis, starting all 16 games for the Broncos in 1994 at the age of 24. In 2000, he spent his first of two years as a starter for the Oakland Raiders, and retired after the 2001 season.

More important than his playing days were the efforts Alexander put forth in the years since being diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow. Alexander pioneered the Tackle Cancer Foundation, and held various fundraisers for the organization over the last four years .

Alexander is survived by his wife Kimberly, and his two sons Elijah IV (age 14) and Evan (age 12).
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