Biggs: Orlando Thomas still battling ALS

Here is the best news of the day, bar none: Orlando Thomas is still alive, fighting one of the most insidious diseases we know today, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

There was an erroneous report earlier in the day that the former Minnesota Vikings safety had lost his life.

“It’s not true,” said Chicago-based Mark Bartelstein, Thomas’ agent. “He’s still fighting as hard as ever. I don’t know anybody to fight a disease or illness the way he has fought this. He’s continuing to fight the fight and is cheering on the Vikings every day.”

The Vikings had reported news of Thomas’ death on their Web site earlier this evening. The team has since issued a correction and an apology. The 37-year-old Thomas played for the Vikings from 1995 to 2001 and was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. He is no longer able to speak due to the disease, Bartelstein said.

“Somebody put it on their Myspace page down in Crowley, La., and I guess the local media ran with it or something,” Bartelstein said. “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.”

The National Football Post extends its best wishes to Thomas in his daily fight.

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