Earlier today, the Vikings announced that former safety Orlando Thomas died, after a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Former teammate Jake Reed tweeted that it wasn’t true.
Now, Thomas’ agent confirms that, indeed, Thomas has not died.
disease or illness the way he has fought this. He’s continuing to fight
the fight and is cheering on the Vikings every day.
page down in Crowley, La., and I guess the local media ran with it or
something. You know how in today’s world once
rumors start, it spreads like wildfire. You know how people communicate
nowadays. But it’s totally false. He’s sick, but he’s good and and he’s
fighting the battle he fights every day.”
And as the only team for which Thomas ever played prepares to play the Packers, here’s an interesting fact. As a rookie in 1995, Thomas intercepted Brett Favre in a 27-24 Vikings win that saw Favre leave the game with a sprained ankle. He was replaced first by Ty Detmer. When Detmer tore ligaments in his thumb, T.J. Rubley got the nod at quarterback.
UPDATE: The Vikings have acknowledged the erroneous report, and they have issued an apology.