Tim Lester, former NFL fullback who blocked for Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, dies from COVID-19 complications

Tim Lester, former NFL fullback who blocked for Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, dies from COVID-19 complications

Tim Lester, 前任 美国橄榄球联盟 fullback who played eight seasons between 1992 和 1999, died Tuesday from coronavirus complications. 他是 52.

The city of Milton, 嘎。, announced his death on its Facebook页面. The post said Lester diedunexpectedly earlier (星期二) morning due to complications of COVID-19.

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Lester played for the 洛杉矶公羊队, 匹兹堡钢人队达拉斯牛仔队. With the Steelers, he became known asThe Bus Driverbecause his task was to block for star running back and eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis.

在 93 career games, Lester recorded 126 rushing yards on 33 carries. He scored two rushing touchdowns. He also caught 47 通过 331 yards but didn’t record a receiving touchdown.

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Lester played in seven postseason games as well. He was with the Steelers when they played the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX. Pittsburgh lost, 27-17.

In retirement, he worked with youth in Georgia coaching football. He also worked at the Fellowship Christian School, where he coached football.

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Lester founded a non-profit organization called the Pigskin Academy to mentor, tutor, train and prepare at-risk athletes for success in all walks of life. He went into the ministry. He worked to feed those in need for Thanksgiving. He helped brighten Christmas for over 5,000 children living in public housing through the ‘Toys for Tots’ program. 离家更近, Tim was a dedicated family man to his children and wife Natalie. 换一种说法, he made a difference,” the city of Milton said.

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