The 41-year-old Alabama native is the 14th former National Football League player known to be diagnosed with the often-fatal and incurable nerve disorder since 1960. That’s a rate eight times higher than the rest of the adult male population.
So many former players have been diagnosed with ALS that the NFL is considering whether to provide benefits to help with their care, league spokesman Greg Aiello told the Globe yesterday.
Aiello declined to comment on whether the NFL believes Turner and the other players may have the ALS-like illness linked to repetitive head injuries. ALS “is obviously a very difficult disease and we want to help people,’’ Aiello said, “without respect to whatever the cause may be.’’