Northeast Field House Renamed to Honor Al Lucas

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People gathered at Northeast High School's field house in Macon Thursday to honor a former student athlete.

The field house was named in honor of Albert James Lucas during a ceremony today.

He's a Northeast graduate and football star who died from an injury during a professional football game in 2005.

Bibb County School board members voted in January to rename the field house.

The ceremony offered a chance for family and friends to remember Lucas who shared his talents in the community and on the football field.

Macon City Council woman Elaine Lucas talked about the ceremony and her son's legacy: "This being named in his honor is such a tribute. It just means so much and it means that his memory will live on."

Al Lucas died after suffering a spinal cord injury in an Arena Football League game in the Staple Center in Los Angeles.

Lucas graduated from Troy State University and also played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers.

Every year, the Lucas family honors him by awarding college scholarships to Bibb County student-athletes.

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